Doncaster Knights: Griffiths hails ‘turning point’ win

Knights' Ben Hunter in action against Coventry. Picture: Andrew Roe
Knights' Ben Hunter in action against Coventry. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Director of rugby Clive Griffiths described Saturday’s 39-30 win over Coventry as a “turning point” in the season.

Knights’ come-from-behind victory saw them maintain top spot in National One and inflict a fifth defeat upon title rivals Coventry - who dropped to sixth as a result of the loss.

“To beat Coventry was a big turning point,” said Griffiths, who admitted his side had one or two questions to answer after their surprise defeat at Wharfedale the previous week.

“Whoever lost on Saturday would have really dropped back in the race because [second placed] Rosslyn Park were always going to get five points.

“Winner took all and we remain in top spot. It’s ours now to maintain when we face Hull Ionians this weekend.

“We’re delighted with the win but now we’re just focusing on Hull.”

Knights had to come from 15 points behind to beat Coventry at Castle Park, but Griffiths insisted he was always confident of victory.”

“We found ourselves 20-5 down despite the fact they’d done very little to be in front,” he said.

“There was the bounce pass from the scrum, the interception and a couple of gimme penalties.

“It might sound daft but we were still confident at 20-5 down. We were concerned. But we knew, given the way we were playing, that if we were a bit more solid in certain areas we’d get our just rewards.

“We scored three fantastic tries in the first half and then we finished it off in the second half with some great forward domination at the scrum and then Dougie’s try.”