Doncaster Knights '˜suffering hangover from last season', admits Clive Griffiths
Doncaster Knights boss Clive Griffiths admitted that it was '˜painful viewing' watching the DVD of club's 27-14 Championship defeat at Ealing.
Griffiths made no secret of his dislike of Ealing’s 3G pitch in the build-up to the game but it wasn’t the playing surface he blamed for the club’s second defeat in five starts.
“We knew that it would be tough because they have brought in a lot of experienced players this season and are a much more formidable team,” said the Welshman. “But we thought we’d get over the line instead we contrived to hand it to them on a plate.
“The individual errors we thought we had eradicated resurfaced as did the team errors we’ve highlighted and worked hard on in training and no-one grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.
“I feel like a plumber at the moment trying to mend a burst pipe. You think you’ve fixed the problem then another springs up.
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“Things that we’ve traditionally been strong at we’ve become weak at and we’ve had to revisit and there’s definitely a hangover from last season.
“There are periods during games when we are showing what we can do – and we scored two fabulous tries on Saturday. But it’s spasmodic and we’re not playing consistently well and they were good value for their win. To be 27-7 at one stage is gut-wrenching.
“Last season things were being absorbed by the players, but it’s a drip feed at the moment and we’ve got a lot of work to do to put things right this week in training.”