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Doncaster’s four match winning run was brought to an abrupt end by a Moseley team that belied its position second from the bottom of the league. They used the conditions far more effectively than the Knights, conceded significantly less penalties and retain possession for long periods of the game, particularly in the last quarter when Doncaster were desperate for the ball.

For Friday night’s game, the Knight’s Director of Rugby Lynn Howells made five changes from the team that beat Esher the previous Sunday. In the backs, Oli Goss returned at centre in place of Chris Briers and, on the wing, Andy Wright came in for Dougie Flockhart. In the pack, Steve Boden came in for Steve Lawrie at hooker, Matt Challinor for Don Parsons at lock and Zac Farivarz for the injured Ed Jackson in the back row

Moseley kicked off with the advantage of the usual Billesley Common wind and went into the lead after only 2 minutes with a penalty by full back Ollie Thomas who kicked a second penalty ten minutes later. The Knights hit straight back almost immediately when flanker Neil Cochrane crashed over from close in. Whilst the Knight’s backs look sharp when they had the ball, Moseley defended well and, with Doncaster increasingly falling foul of Australian international referee Stuart Dickinson, it was inevitable that Thomas would score again after 19 minutes with his 3rd penalty. With Moseley pinning the Knights in their own 22, they piled the pressure and former Doncaster captain Anthony Carter crossed for his side’s first try after 26 minutes that Thomas converted. Trailing by 11 points into the wind it was important that the Knights did not concede another try before half-time but, just as the interval approached, Thomas spotted a space in the corner behind the Doncaster defence and his inch perfect kick was gathered by left wing Michael Gillick who scored wide out.

It was essential that the Knights made a good start to the second half and this they did after only 2 minutes when, following a delicate chip just inside the Moseley half by fly half Tristan Roberts, the ball was gathered by supporting right wing Andy Wright who made ground before passing to scrum half Chris Hallam who scored his side’s opening try that was converted by Roberts. After 50 minutes Roberts kicked a penalty to bring the Knights back to within 6 points and it was game on. However the Moseley pack had other ideas and they dominated the remaining 25 minutes into the wind. After 56 minutes the Knights suffered a set back when flanker Andy Boyde had to leave the field with a badly dislocated shoulder. Although the Knights went close with several drives through their pack, they either eventually lost possession or conceded yet another penalty. Moseley managed to fight their way into the Knights half through their driving pack or astute kicking by Thomas and fly half Brad Davies on several occasions giving Thomas two penalty chances both of which he took. The final score of 27 points to 15 fully reflected Moseley’s superiority and they thoroughly deserved their wind.

After the game a disappointed Howells said that it was an old adage in rugby that you had “to earn the right to go wide” and this is something that his side had to learn. That, and how to play against experienced packs like Moseley who have now well beaten them twice this season. He concluded by saying that, without taking anything away from Moseley, the two performances the Knights had put in against them were undoubtedly the worst they had played this season.

Moseley: Thomas, Pons J, Reay, Carter, Gillick, Davies, Taylor, Voisey, Caves, Sigley (Williams 64), Lyons (Stott 61), Spivey, Pons B (Mason 53), Ellery, Maltman Replacements not used: Warner, De La Harpe, Borgen, MacBurnie

Doncaster Knights: McColl, Wright, Goss, Gidlow, Williams, Roberts (Davey 60), Hallam, Frazier, Boden, Cusack (Thiede 61), Challoner, Kenworthy, Farivarz, Boyde (Walker 53), Cochrane Replacements not used: Lawrie, Parsons, Flockhart, Briers

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