Doncaster Knights: Survival in our hands, says boss

Knights Mathhew Challinor powers on against Leeds.
Knights Mathhew Challinor powers on against Leeds.
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CLIVE Griffiths says Doncaster Knights survival hopes are in their own hands after the brilliant victory over Leeds.

And the director of rugby believes relegation rivals Jersey and Moseley “won’t be able to live” with the Knights if they turn in a similar performance to the one that secured the 23-17 win in the derby.

Griffiths’ side turned in their best half of rugby to lead 23-3 at the break against Leeds.

And they showed excellent resolve to hold off a fight back from Carnegie to secure a victory which leaves them one point from safety.

With a trip to Moseley up next in a fortnight’s time, Griffiths believes the Knights are finally on the right track to survival.

“I’m absolutely delighted after seeing that,” Griffiths said. “The lads got their reward when they just haven’t in the past.

“Some of the rugby we played in the first half was brilliant and it’s what we’re trying to achieve.

“We held onto our passes and catches this week, we made the right pass and the right decisions.

“It makes a hell of a difference.

“It’s in our own hands now.

“If we play like that against Moseley and Jersey they won’t be able to live with us.

“There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge yet but we’re in clear waters at the minute.”

While delighted with much of the performance, Griffiths says the Knights should have been much more ruthless and killed off lacklustre Leeds.

But he was pleased with the confidence his side showed.

He said: “We tried to play a bit too much on half way and gifted them a comeback.

“But where do you draw the line after what the lads had done before?

“The main issue I had was that we should have killed the game rather than being forced to hang on.

“We missed a couple of five metre lineouts again and there was a point when we should have kicked for goal.

“But the result was the most important thing and I walked into a transformed changing room after the game.”

Though he may have been keen to carry the momentum forward this weekend, Griffiths is pleased the Knights will have a break after picking up several injuries last weekend.

Centre Will Simpson faces an extended spell on the sidelines after pulling his hamstring when falling awkwardly under a tackle.

His absence could open the door for rugby league convert Will Sharp, who was named on the Knights bench for the first time since joining the club.

Griffiths said: “Will Sharp will get his chance – he’s ready to go now.”