The Griff report.
26th March 2015
The Knights made it six straight games without defeat last Friday as they earned a hard-fought draw away at third placed London Scottish. Donny lead until late in the game, when a late try from Matty Williams leveled the scores.
Reflecting on the clash Clive expressed mixed sentiments. “When you consider the chances we created, and the chances they created I guess it leveled itself out over the 80 minutes.
“It’s always galling to draw, or lose, from a winning position but by the same token I think a lot of supporters would have taken that result had it been offered on Friday morning.
“I was concerned that there might have been a big of an emotional hangover from the high of the Bristol win but to be fair the boys put that to bed and got on with the task.
“It was a battling draw and the biggest thing for me was that the group showed terrific heart and came through another difficult test.”
The result put an 11-point gap between the Knights and bottom placed Plymouth Albion, but Griff will not be making any assumptions and insists we’re not safe yet. “We know we still probably need one more win to secure our place in this league, that would mean Plymouth would have to win every game and they have a difficult run, with Bristol at their place and a derby game with Pirates.
“We also know we are within touching distance but until we are over the finishing line you never say never and we will need to work hard on Saturday to get a result against a very dominant Nottingham side on the back of a good result against Moseley.”
Whilst has been plenty to celebrate in the Knights recent form but it has not come without knock backs and Clive faces a growing injury list on the back of two bruising encounters. “We have been dealt a couple of injury blows from the last couple of games.
“Alex Shaw is the latest to be added to the list along with Ollie Stedman. Vili Veikoso is still unavailable as is Latu Makaafi so three of our back row are down which is unfortunate.
“We have got Harry Thacker back from Leicester this weekend and Jack Bergmanas can fill in at hooker also but we are definitely thin in the back row.
“Hopefully we will be able to get a couple back in action shortly but that will depend on what the scans show, so we’ll wait and see and might have to go back to call on our big brothers from Welford Road.’
Nottingham were worthy winners when the Knights travelled to Meadow Lane in December something that the team are keen to avenge on Saturday.
“The away game before Christmas has been mentioned in passing this week for sure, it’s been our heaviest defeat of the season, a 21-point deficit.
“We’ve had a slight review of that game and it showed how easy we made it for them and we addressed that, we know what they’re going to bring to the table and it’s going to be a really tough encounter.
“They want to stay in that fourth position and will be gunning for another win and we have our own, very different, reasons for needing the win so it should be a humdinger”
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