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Griff ‘s post Carnegie report.

The Knights recorded their third win of the new Championship season with a 23-32 victory over county rivals Leeds Carnegie away at Headingley. In an impressive display, the Knights ensured that they returned to South Yorkshire not only victorious but with a maximum five points.


Reflecting on his sides display Knights DoR of Rugby said. “It was a terrific team performance, showing a great deal of character to bounce back from the Worcester defeat.


“I believe we showed a huge amount of self belief, something that was a little bit limited last week, we gave Worcester a bit too much respect hence the 12-0 score line early on.


“After that slow start game was 20-16, only four points separating the two teams, which is how the contest should have played out.


“This week we got the first score on the back of some really good rugby and the intent to play was there for the off.


“For the spectators it must have been fantastic game with seven tries scored on a great day to play rugby.”


The win lifts the Knights to fifth place at this early stage in procedings and full of confidence as they return to Castle Park on Saturday. Griff was quick to praise the whole squad and playing staff for his sides superb start. “I have to pay a huge tribute to all the players and coaching staff for the preparation that went in to Saturday’s game. When you’re meticulous in your planning, as you saw in the Ryder Cup this weekend, you get the results.


“We’re absolutely delighted with the bonus point win, I don’t think anybody would have given us much chance of that this week but we did it and this is credit to all the team, I wont mention any stand outs because everyone played their part.


“Looking at the first half they [Carnegie] had two visits into our half and scored two tries, one when we were down to 14 but apart from that they weren’t in the game early on.


“They came out well in the second half and got themselves into the lead but as you’ve already seen with this team many times in the past, particularly towards the back end of last season, they are a resilient bunch with a never say die attitude which got us through again.


“Tyson’s [Lewis] try was a joy to watch, turning over possession deep inside our half. We played, played and played then ten phases later Tyson dotted the ball down.


“Dougie’s [Flockhart] try under the sticks was a great reaction by both him and Hillsy [Michael Hills] and the forwards will get the accolades towards the end, securing the win with a five metre catch and drive line out.


Not only did the Knights return with maximum haul of points but they also made sure the hosts took nothing from the game, something that could prove crucial as the season draws on. “We defended superbly till the very end, and needed to, if they had scored at the death then they would have taken two points from the game.


“It was vital that we scrambled back when they broke at the end and it was the smallest man on the pitch, Bruno Bravo, who got the all important contact on their fly half, Harry Leonard, to force the knock on over the line.


“We now have three wins from four games and most important 13 points on the board, wins and losses and draws can sometimes be a bit false because of the bonus points system. We always want to win but as we know from last season it is the points that determine where you finish.


“Once again I must say a huge thank you to the sizeable away support, to see the smiling faces at the end when they cheered us off really was superb.”


Sunday’s fixture saw the Knights return to the Yorkshire Regiment Trophy, a complimentary competition competed between the County’s three Championship sides. Griff states how the winning start to the regional competition was an added extra for the Knights but not the primary focus pre-game. “The Yorkshire Regiment Cup is a nice competition between the three Yorkshire sides and I am glad to be part of it again but it was certainly a bonus for us.


“We had to get a win, we did that which means we are able to think about things like the Yorkshire Regiment Cup point afterwards but there is another three games to play in that competition and if they all end like yesterday did we’ll be very happy”


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