RUGBY UNION: Griffiths is confident of success

11:20am Saturday 23rd November 2013

By Ed Mezzetti

Cai Griffiths says London Welsh are not feeling the pressure of being league leaders as they target a ninth straight victory.

Every win the Exiles rack up makes them more of a scalp for their Greene King IPA Championship rivals as today’s hosts Moseley will no doubt feel.

But Griffiths, who sits out today’s match, says Welsh remain unfazed.

“We are just looking at it game by game,” he said.

“We won’t change our approach. “We work hard at the start of the week and reap the rewards towards the end.

“Hopefully more success will come.”

Griffiths knows the front-row positions will be the most rotated at Welsh, particularly as head coach Justin Burnell prefers to have two props and a hooker on the bench.

But he said: “Justin is an honest guy and keeps everybody on their toes.

“It is a long season and rotation gives the players respite.

“All the players are good enough to be starting.

“The quality we have got in that department (front row) is pretty high.

“It is showing in the dominance we have at scrum time.”

Griffiths joined Welsh from the Ospreys and reckons their eight-from-eight league form may be the best he has experienced.

“I think it at least equals it,” he said. “I may have had a run of eight at the Ospreys.

“Hopefully, this weekend we will take that to nine.”

Welsh were functional in last week’s 28-0 victory over Ealing, but Griffiths and his teammates know they can do better.

“You can’t really rely on your last game, even if you beat a team by 40 or 50 points. You have still got to look to improve.”

As he looks to play his part in Welsh’s promotion challenge, Griffiths is happy to have joined.

“It is awesome,” he said. “I spoke to Justin Burnell quite late in the recruitment period, but what I saw was pretty good.

“I was at the Ospreys with Sonny Parker, so I had a chat with him too.

“From the start we have had a great spirit.

“It is more than just the results. The whole culture we have is really close knit.

“I have settled in very well. It is probably the best atmosphere I have seen at a rugby club for a long time.”


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