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Doncaster Knight’s young and relatively inexperienced team (and the referee come to that) were “old-manned” by an experienced Moseley side that came to Castle Park with a simple game plan and stuck to it rigidly. For the Knights’ part it was difficult to see what game plan they had.

For their first home Championship game, Knights’ Director of Rugby Lynn Howells made several changes from the side that started at Penzance the previous weekend. In the backs, centre PJ Gidlow, back to fitness, came in for the injured Chris Briers whilst newcomer Nathan Jones replaced Chris Hallam. In the pack, hooker and team skipper Steve Lawrie came in for club captain Steve Boden, new signing Matt Challinor replaced veteran Glen Kenworthy at lock and Latu Makaafi, another nrewcomer, started in place of Andy Boyde at flanker.

Moseley started with the advantage of a slight wind and went ahead after onto 4 minutes after the Knights failed to clear their line from the kick off. They gained a lineout 5 metres out and their heavy pack drove the lighter Knights pack over the line for the games opening try credited to No 8 Chevvy Pennycock that was well converted from wide out by fly half Brad Davies. Knights hit straight back with a penalty from ex-Moseley fly half Tristan Roberts and the next 20 minutes was played mainly in the visitor’s half. A second penalty by Roberts brought the Knights back to within a point but, try as they may, they could not get regular possession to capitalise on the speed of their young backs. Just after the game went into the second quarter, Moseley put pressure on the the Knights close to their own line. Roberts clearing kick was charged down 10 metres out by flanker Neil Mason who regathered the ball to be driven over the line for his side’s second try that was again converted by Davies who also kicked a penalty with the last play of the half.

Starting the second half 17 points to 6 behind, Knights needed a good start and they got it with Roberts’ third penalty after only 4 minutes. Unfortunately Knights indiscipline continued and Davies brought the difference back to 11 points with his second penalty. At long last the Knights woke up and they started to play the rugby that their fans had hoped for. Flying winger Matt Williams ran the ball out of defence up to halfway, the ball was swung to the right and then back to the left to give him a chance to take on Moseley full back on a one to one and he beat him with ease to score in the corner for a try that Roberts converted from touch. From the restart the Knights were again penalised and Davies took his side’s lead back to 7 points which they held until the end, slowing the game down at every opportunity and denying the home side almost any possession.

Immediately after the game, Howells said that this had been the worst performance he had seen in the three plus seasons he had been at the club. However, as he reflected further, he said that his side, which had contained 12 new players in the starting 22, would need time to settle in as the average age was only 24 and he said he was confident that they would come back into contention as they found their feet.

Doncaster Knights: McColl, Flockhart, Devlin, Gidlow (Gates 71), Williams, Roberts (Lewis-Pratt 65), Jones (Hallam 65), Thiede, Lawrie, Cusack (Fraser 60), Challinor (Kenworthy 54), Craig, Makaafi (Farivarz 55), Jackson, Cochrane

Moseley: Bressington (Gillick 57), Pons J, MacBurnie, Reay, Styles, Davies, Taylor, Voisey (Williams 48), Caves, Sigley (Voisey 76), Lyons, Stott (Spivey 80), Mason, Pennycock, Pons B (Evans 57) Subs not used: Lewis, De La Harpe, Maggs

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