Castle Park is proving to be no place for faint hearts this season and Doncaster Knights’ supporters had to endure a few post-Halloween scares before celebrating a 29-23 Championship win over London Scottish.
“We are doing it tough at the moment and we aren’t firing on all cylinders and we have to fix that and gain more consistency,” admitted director of rugby Clive Griffiths after reviewing the game yesterday.
“It was always going to be a big ask to top what we achieved last season and the only way we can do that is to finish top or win the play-off final.
“The first half hour was the worst start we’ve made to a game this season and to come back from that and win the game speaks volumes for the character in the side but that has never been in doubt.
“To come in leading 21-6 at half-time after not really troubling them before scoring the first of our three tries was a real bonus.
“I was disappointed with the way we started the second half – especially our defence – and we should have stopped two of their three tries.
“For all that we haven’t played our best rugby this season we are still in the top-four and that was the target at the start of the season.”
Several players carrying knocks will be given time off to recover this week ahead of the next game at Headingley on Friday week.
But No 8 Alex Shaw has already been ruled out after suffering a dislocated shoulder in Saturday’s game.
“It’s likely he’ll be out for up to three months,” said Griffiths who will look at bringing in a replacement.