Doncaster Knights v Richmond: Every game is a must-win now - Griffiths

Glen Kenworthy, pictured winning a lineout, is back in the squad today.
Glen Kenworthy, pictured winning a lineout, is back in the squad today.

Only a win will do when Doncaster Knights host Richmond today, says director of rugby Clive Griffiths.

The SSE National League One leaders lost their first match of 2014 last weekend, despite their 14 men rallying in the second half at fellow promotion hopefuls Fylde.

The defeat allowed Rosslyn Park, who cruised to victory against Old Albanians, to move within three points of the table toppers.

Next up is Richmond, a side short on match practice after two of their last three games were postponed.

Griffiths is hoping competition for places can inspire a strong response to Saturday’s defeat – and he will not be showing any mercy to opposite number Steve Hill.

“It’s a must-win game,” he said.

“Every game is a must win game now.

“Richmond are a capable side, well coached by a good friend of mine Steve and we’ve just got to get back on the horse again.

“We’ve been here before. It’s not unusual for us. Castle Park is a fortress for us and we must really go for it like we did in the Hull game.

“Fortunately all the backs are fit so that’s the selection headache and hopefully I’ll have another headache in the forwards.

Chris Hallam may return to provide some added experience at scrum half, it is the injection of a handful of forwards that has Griffiths most excited – especially after hooker Jack Bergmanas was forced into a lengthy spell as a flanker on Saturday.

Glen Kenworthy, Chris Walker and Ross Davies could all come into contention.

“We’ll have Glen Kenworthy back and we’re hoping that Chris Hallam and Chris Walker will come back,” added Griffiths.

“Ross Davies played on Saturday so he’ll be back – that’s four. And there’s one more but that’s five boys who have been out for a long, long time available for selection and thank God it’s somebody in the forwards.

“We’ve a hooker come on today and play 70 minutes on the flank and he’s done a great job for us to be fair. You’re just being torpedoed all the time. But we’re a pretty resilient group.”

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