Clive Griffiths is hoping that this weekend’s blank fixture - and some well-earned rest - will help Doncaster Knights extend their best-ever unbeaten run at Championship level.
Knights extended their unbeaten league and cup run to 11 games after coming from 17-0 down at the break to claim a 17-17 draw in Saturday’s Championship clash in Jersey.
“The last time we had a week off was for the Rugby World Cup final in late October,” said the club’s director of rugby.
“Since then we’ve won six and drawn two and hopefully we can go on a similar run after this break.
“We’ve given the boys a few days off this week, as we did back in October, and they’ll also have the weekend off before returning to prepare for the B&I Cup Pool Five game at Connacht the following Saturday.
“It’s been a tough season - there are no easy games at this level - and the players have deserved a bit of time off to rest their bodies and rejuvenate themselves. Especially those who played against Jersey on Saturday where the horrendous conditions took a lot out of the forwards.
“It was also a tough, physical game, which we knew it would be after all that rain and the gale-force wind on the day.”
No 8 Ollie Stedman, who spent Saturday night in a Jersey hospital after being stretchered off, is likely to available for selection for the trip to the west of Ireland.
But the Welshman is again expected to ring the changes and may decide to give the strong-running forward another week off and start with several of the bench players to have impressed.