High-flying Doncaster Knights continue their bid to secure a place in the Championship end-of-season promotion play-offs when hosting Moseley today (2.30pm).
Today’s game is one of three league games the club face before the turn of the year, the results of which director of rugby Clive Griffiths believes will go a long way towards determining their fate.
“It’s a massive game as are the ones against Bedford and Nottingham,” said the Welshman.
On paper it’s a game which Knights, unbeaten at home since the first day of the season, should win.
Moseley haven’t won on their travels since beating London Scottish on the first day of the season but they have performed well in defeat against such as Bedford and Rotherham.
They have also won three of their last five league and cup games – though they conceded 50 points or more in the two defeats.
“They were well beaten by Yorkshire Carnegie but I’m not reading too much into their B&I Cup defeat at Leinster A last Friday,” said Griffiths, who saw his side lose 28-12 in the corresponding fixture last season.
“I’m expecting a tough game. They’ve got more weapons in their armoury this season and have been chancing their arm more and scoring a lot of points. So depending on the weather, it could be quite an open game.”
The visitors, who opened their new £3.6m main stand a fortnight ago, have had two backs – Glyn Hughes and Aaron Pinches nominated for Player of the Month awards this season.
Griffiths will again lack the services of club skipper Matt Challinor (broken thumb), but will have centre Mat Clark available again.