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Your News Doncaster Knights 55 - Moseley 5

With Brad Hunt and Spencer Davey out injured, Doncasters Director of Rugby Lynn Howells started the match against 11th placed Moseley with skipper Justin Bishop and Tom Luke in the centre in an otherwise changed back division. In the pack, Tom Davies came in for the injured Ngalu Tau at prop and fit again Simon Grainger returned at flanker after missing the past two months in place of James Jones.

Doncaster kicked off into a strong wind and they went ahead after 7 minutes. Moseley had a scrum just inside their 22 and to the right of the posts which the Knights won against the head and, after No 8 Chris Planchant had made ground, the rucked ball was moved quickly to the left where a long pass by fly half Mark Woodrow put centre Luke in space to score wide out for a try that Woodrow then converted. The Knights scored again from the kick off. Their forwards drove the ball forward towards the halfway line before releasing the ball to the left where full back Anthony Carter joined the line at pace on a 50 metre run. When he was hauled down 22 metre out, the ball was quickly won and fed to the supporting Woodrow for a try that he converted himself. The Knights extended their lead after 33 minutes when they were awarded a scrum 20 metres ago. As their pack destroyed the Moseley scrum yet again, Planchant drove through to score as the referee played a penalty advantage and Woodrows successful conversion put the Knights 21 points ahead.. With halftime fast approaching, the Knights backs and forwards combined to take play into the Moseley half. When the ball was moved to the left, the Knights Tongan international lock Lisiate Faosao broke the gain line before quick passing by hooker Steve Boden and prop Richard List put flanker Bryn Griffiths over in the corner for the final try of an excellent half for the Knights.

It was a demoralised Moseley team that came out after halftime and, with their pack under constant pressure and their backs unable to get out of their own 22, it was only a matter of time before Doncaster scored again. Their pack won a turnover ball just outside the visitors 22 and three quick passes to the left put winger Donavan Van Vuuren on a clear run to the line for a try. With 15 minutes gone Planchant was sin binned for the Knights for stopping the ball coming out of the ruck and Moseley perhaps thought they might find a respite from the pressure they were under. However the 14 man Knights had other ideas and they immediately scored another try. The Knights won a scrum on the half way line and a long kick to the left corner by Woodrow evaded the covering Moseley defence and Van Vuuren following up at pace picked the ball up off his toes before diving over carrying a despairing tackler with him. Shortly afterwards a Moseley 22 metre drop out was completely misjudged by their pack and right wing Paul Bailey picked up a bouncing ball completely unopposed to race over halfway out. After 25 minutes,Moseley had their one moment of glory when their pack won a lineout close to the Knights line and flanker Neil Mason was driven over by his pack. After this setback Knights were back at full strength and they scored almost immediately. A poor Moseley kick was caught by Wes Davies, now on in place of Van Vuuren, and fed to Tom Luke 35 metres out and the centre ran through a non-existent Moseley defence to score between the posts for a try that was converted by replacement fly half Cerith Rees. With 5 minutes left it was Baileys turn to get in on the act again as he intercepted a slow Moseley pass on the halfway line before racing over to score between the posts for a try that was converted by Rees.

After the game Lynn Howells said that he was pleased with the Knights overall performance and felt that his side had scored some outstanding tries. He said he was particularly pleased with the scrimmaging that was dominant for most of the game and the overall defence of the side that gave Moseley no where to go when they did manage to win the ball.

Doncaster Knights: A Carter; P Bailey; J Bishop; T Luke; D Van Vuuren (W Davies 57); M Woodrow (C Rees 57); B Jones (D Scully 73); R. List (T Toke 46); S Boden (B Phillips 54); T Davies (J Rawson 75); L Faoaso; G Kenworthy; B Griffiths; C Planchant; S Grainger (J Jones 50)

Moseley: A Binns; N Brassington; A James (N Stenhouse 11 P Cox 15); G Trueman (N Stenhouse 76); O Winter; T Hayes; D Lewis; N Williams; R McMillan (A Caves 40); N Bayliss (B Buxton 57); O Atkinson (P Arnold 70); R Stott; N Mason (M Evans 70); R Bignell; J Rodwell

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