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Your News Moseley 12 - Doncaster Knights 19

A welcome return to winning ways was the order of the day at a windswept Billesey Common as Doncaster Knights deservedly overcame a dogged Moseley side by three tries to nil. With their powerful pack well on top it took some brave defence by the home side to keep the Knights out, but with Doncasters propensity to gift the opposition points through penalties, the game was finally only decided in the final minutes.

Going into the match, Doncasters Director of Rugby Lynn Howells made five changes that had narrowly lost away at Plymouth the previous weekend. There were three changes in the backs with the experienced Donavan Van Vuuren coming for Ollie Goss on the wing, Jamie Lennard returning for Ali Warnock at fly half and Jamie Albinson replacing the injured Chris Hallam at scrum half. In the pack Michael Cusack started at prop, with Ngalu Tau reverting to the bench, and Simon Grainger swopping places with Neil Cochrane at openside flanker.

Starting with the strong wind at their backs, it was Moseley who went into the lead after 6 minutes with a penalty by full back Ollie Thomas. The Knights got back well into the game but everytime they started to exert pressure they fell foul of the referees whistle. After 17 minutes Thomas extended his sides lead with a well struck penalty and, with their backs showing threaten signs, the Knights needed a respond. For 20 minutes they took the game back to Moseley and a score was almost inevitable. When it came in the 35 minute it was on the back of a forward drive finished off by Knights powerful lock Bryn Griffiths. Lennard converted this try with an excellent conversion across the wind from wide out and the Knights went into the interval 7 points to 6 in front with the elements to come.

From the restart play went into the Knights half where Thomas kicked his third penalty to take his side back into the lead. From the restart the Knights attacked and, after Van Vuuren was almost clear after gathering a delicate chip ahead by Lennard, the same player scampered 35 metres unopposed after the ball squeezed out on the blindside of the ruck that had formed. Although Lennard was unsuccessful with the kick, the Knights were back in front and they used the deteriorating conditions the keep Moseley under pressure inside their own half. With 65 minutes gone, Moseley managed to get a foothold inside the Knights half and, when the visitors were penalised again, Thomas hit a well struck kick into the wind from 40 metres to put the scores level. Stung by this reversal the Knights pack decided to take over almost totally and they drove continually at the Moseley line. With just 2 minutes left, the Knights put Moseley under pressure at a scrum 5 metres out and, after the first drive had been repulsed, the ball broke loose to Doncaster scrum half Jamie Albinson who scampered over unopposed for a try at the posts which Lennard converted for the final score of the game.

Doncaster Knights will be disappointed for not scoring a 4th bonus points try and at the way Moseley broke through their defence on a couple of occasions. They will, however, take some positives out of the game with the performance of their pack, particularly at the lineout where they destroyed the much vaunted Moseley eight, and with their back three of Wez Davies, Donavan Van Vuuren and Anthony Carter who were all outstanding in the terrible conditions.

Moseley: Thomas, Sharples, Trinder (Binns 32), Reay, Brassington, Vasey, Taylor (Ireland 64), Williams, Cave, Sigley, Arnold, Muldowney. Evans (Mason 64), Bignall, Rodwell Subs not used: Davis, Oselton, Stott, Whitney

Doncaster Knights: Carter (Warnock 65), Davies W, Armitage, Tonguiha, Van Vuuren, Lennard, Albinson, List, Jenkins, Cusack, Kenworthy, Griffiths, Afu, Grainger (Cochrane 37), Planchant; Subs not used: Davies T, Smith, Tau, Goss, Hughes

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