‘One down, 29 to go.’
That was the simple message from buoyant Knights chief Clive Griffiths after seeing his side recover from a slow start to run out comfortable 47-17 winners over Blackheath.
After toiling through a difficult opening half hour in the National One curtain-raiser, the Knights found their feet and the difference in class began to show, particularly in a fine second half show which brought five tries. Griffiths issued a stark warning to expect a similar pattern in each of the Knights’ game
“We’re going to have to go through an arm wrestle for a time in every game this season and whether we come through that will determine if we get the win,” he said.
A pair of penalties from Dougie Flockhart kept the off-colour Knights in touch until they found their groove. Michael Walker-Fitton put the Knights in front on 34 minutes and they never looked back.
Flockhart converted that and added another penalty early in the second half.
After Marshall pulled a penalty back for the visitors from the capital, Chris Hallam added the Knights’ second try following some tenacious work.
Tries from Adam Kettle, Phil Eggleshaw, Mat Clarke and the lightning quick Paul Jarvis followed to see the Knights as relatively comfortable winners.
n Knights: Bryce, Jarvis, Clarke, Armitage (Barker 67), Flockhart, Roberts, Hallam (Bravo 66), Eggleshaw, Hills, Kettle, Walker-Fitton (Kenworthy 60), Challinor, R Davies (Phillips 8), Santamaria (Bergmanas 73), Tamanis.