Clive Griffiths admits to giving his side one final half time ‘hairdryer’ moment to push Doncaster past Blackheath and clinch National One glory.
The promotion party had to be put on hold until the final day after Rosslyn Park had beaten the Knights last month, dragging themselves to within three points of top spot.
Doncaster bounced back to record two successive wins – including a dramatic last-minute victory in Coventry – but mid-table Blackheath threatened to spoil the parade.
The London side battled back to just two points behind but, with Griffiths’ words still ringing in their ears, Doncaster raced away to a 38-20 win.
“We were coasting early on but just let them back into the game. I decided what to say at the break and let rip,” he said.
“It was paint-stripper, to be honest, and it had the desired effect. It was attack, attack, attack but they broke away and scored. I was really pleased with the response.
“The amount of points we racked up, we still knew what we had to do, go out and win two games.”
At 3-3, Ross Davies scored for Griffiths’ troops as Dougie Flockhart converted. Club responded through wing Joe Hardy but Paul Jarvis dotted down just before the break.
Blackheath drew first blood on resumption through David Allen before Bevon Armitage and Tyson Lewis crossed over either side of a penalty try, to see the Knights return to the Championship at the first time of asking.
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