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Yet “another bad day at the office” is all that could be said about Doncaster Knights defeat at Moseley. In spite of being in the lead twice, the Knights could not make the game safe and, for the second week run, they threw away a bonus point. In the 5th minute of injury time the Knights lost control of the ball and it gave Moseley the opportunity to kick through and score.

After his side’s run of three consecutive defeats, the Knights Director of Rugby Lynn Howells made wholesale changes to his starting line-up for the trip to the Midlands. In the front row he recalled his two Tongan international props Ngalu Ta’u and Toma Toke supporting new Scottish hooker Steve Lawrie in place of Tom Davies (out with a knee injury), Stuart Corsar and Steve Boden respectively, at lock the experienced Bryn Griffiths came in for injured skipper Glen Kenworthy whilst in the back row Adam Kettle was recalled in place of Andy Boyde at blindside. In the backs Ali Warnock was given a first start of the season at fly half with James Brooks moving to centre in place of Hudson Tonga’uiha and from where he skippered the side. Further out Chris Briers replaced Bevon Armitage at outside centre whilst another Scot Steve McColl was given a first start at full back in place of Roger Davies.

The Knights were penalised from the kick off and Moseley fly half Tristan Roberts on loan from Gloucester kicked the goal. Doncaster his straight back from a scrum on the halfway line and good interpassing between scrum half Nicky Griffiths, Brooks, flanker Adam Kettle, Griffiths again before his pass to lock Glen Townson gave him the chance to dive over wide out. Moseley started to dominate possession and it was no surprise when full back Rob Thirlby dived over in the left corner after a period of pressure on the Knights line. Roberts converted this try and shortly afterwards kicked a penalty as the Knights struggled to get back into the game. As the game went into injury time, the Knights again scored from a try on the halfway line. This time Griffiths and Brooks put supporting prop Toma Toke on a 15 metre burst before the ball was moved back inside to link up with Briers, and winger Wright before the ball was passed to Griffiths who put winger Douglas Flockhart over between the posts for a try that Warnock converted to make the score 13 points to 12 in favour of the home side.

Doncaster needed an early try and they got it after 5 minutes when Flockhart cut back in off his wing from 40 metres out to outpace the wrong footed cover for a try close to the post that Warnock converted. The Knights needed another score but it was Moseley who scored 2 minutes later. From a scrum about 35 metres out Roberts sliced through the Knights defence like “knife through butter” to put centre Andy Reay over wide out. Warnock extended the Knights lead to 4 points a couple of minutes later with a simple penalty. With 56 minutes gone Doncaster lost possession from their own scrum just inside their own half and Moseley moved the ball quickly to the right where Roberts made ground down the right wing before slipping the ball to supporting right winger Nathan Bressington home raced home from 35 metres wrong footing the Doncaster cover on the way. Roberts’s conversion put Moseley back into the lead before the Knights put some pressure on the Moseley line before they were awarded a penalty which McColl kicked from 30 metres out. At 25 all and with 20 minutes left it was anyone’s game and it was Moseley who went back into the lead after 65 minutes with another Robert’s’s penalty. Doncaster came back into the game but, every time they built up the pressure on Moseley they either gave away a penalty, lost a lineout or failed to move the ball away from the base of their scrum cleanly enough. With the game in the 5th minute of injury time and with the Knights on the attack on the Moseley 10 metre line, they lost possession yet again, the home side fly hacked the ball deep into the Knights 22 where they were caught in possession and turned over before the ball was popped up to supporting scrum half Andy Williams who scored wide out for try and the final score of the game.

After the game Doncaster Knights had to look back at another game they had lost when in with a good chance of winning and one in which they again threw away a bonus point deep in injury time. Disappointingly they lost 5 of their own lineout throw ins, were regularly under pressure at the back of their scrum, were again penalised too easily and looked devoid of ideas in the attack other than from break outs. Which such problems it is difficult for the Knights to build up the continuity needed to be successful. The Knights coaching staff have a lot on their plate if they are to turn their season around next week at home to Nottingham. Their problems will not be helped by Brooks and Nicky Griffiths joining the Knights long list of key injured players which have not helped the problems the Knights are currently facing!

Moseley: Thirllby, Bressington, May Reah, Mensah-Coker, Roberts, Williams A, Williams N, Caves, Sigley, Muldowney, Stott (Lyons 57), Mason, Rowlands (Pennycock 57), Williams D Subs not used Protherough, Oselton, Taylor, Keys, Gillick

Doncaster Knights: McColl, Wright, Briars, Brookes, Flockhart, Warnock (Tonga’uiha 52), Griffiths N, Toke (Corsar 52), Lawrie (Boden 57), Ta’u, (Cusack 40), Griffiths B, Townson, Kettle, Smith (Boyde 70), Grainger Subs not used: Hallam, D’Arcy,

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