Doncaster Knights: Griffiths pleased with resilient cup win

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Doncaster Knights produced a strong last quarter to claim a 37-32 win at Cross Keys in their opening B & I Cup Pool D fixture.

“It was a very good win,” said director of rugby Clive Griffiths after he had reviewed the match footage yesterday.

“Any team who goes down to Wales and beats one of the top Principality Premiership sides can be satisfied.

“Welsh sides always raise their game anyway when they play English sides, especially at home. What made it even tougher for us on Saturday was the fact that they had around nine players from Newport Gwent Dragons in their squad.”

Having played at Pandy Park during his time at Llanelli, Griffiths knew from first-hand experience the role the sloping pitch can play.

“We elected to play up the slope in the first half and we got off to the worst possible start and found ourselves 10-0 down after ten minutes, which boosted their confidence,” he said.

“We got our noses in front by half-time, trailed again early in the second half but we chipped away. We are a resilient bunch had to show that in bucketful’s at times.

“We never let our heads go down.”