1st XV Match Report V Doncaster Knights (a) Fri 26/10/2012 

 

Match Details

 

Venue

Castle Park

Attendance

872

Referee

Martin Fox

Kick Off

7.45pm

 

Teams

 

Doncaster

24 - 16

Moseley

 

P P P C P

Jamie Lennard

15

William Robinson

 

 

 

Douglas Flockhart

14

Oliver Thomas

P C T P P

 

 

Dante Mama

13

Simon Hunt

 

 

 

Will Simpson

12

Anthony Carter

 

 

T T

Tyson Lewis

11

Bradley Hunt

 

 

 

Thomas Luke

10

Bradley Davies

 

 

 

Louis Silver

9

Samuel Brown

 

 

 

Tom Davies

1

Steffan Thorpe

 

 

 

Rhys Buckley

2

Sam Wilkes

 

 

 

Keiron Brookes

3

Craig Voisey

 

 

 

Matthew Challinor

4

Buster Lawrence

 

 

 

Dominic Parsons

5

Addison Lockley

 

 

 

Adam Kettle

6

Neil Mason

 

 

 

Jethro Rawling

7

Oliver Robinson

 

 

 

Christopher Planchant

8

Ben Pienaar

 

 

Replacements

 

 

Jack Bermanas

16

Adam Caves

 

 

 

Ben Sowery

17

Dave Hilton

 

 

Brian McGovern

18

Ben Pons

 

 

Andrew Boyde

19

Nigel Burrows

 

 

Sam Pailor

20

Ryan Glynn

 

 

Christopher Hallam

21

Charlie Hayter

 

 

James Tincknell

22

Anders Mogenson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

 

Match Report

by Brian Dick, Birmingham Post

 

If Moseley's immediate reaction to Jamie Lennard's 80th minute penalty was to lament the loss bonus it cost them, their more considered response to a deflating and frustrating evening at Castle Park will be to mourn the escape of the other three points that also slipped the net.

 

When they analyse this defeat they will conclude that even despite a near-shambolic first 40 minutes, they did enough to win this match and secure what might have been a season-defining victory.

 

 That they came back from 21-3 down to trail 21-16 in the closing minute was a credit to their sheer strength of will because in truth, even if one solitary try was scant reward for all the promising positions they engineered, they never played well.

 

And so, in saying they did enough to win the match, they also did more than enough to lose it as once again they allowed their opponents to take control and build up a decisive advantage.

 

Just as they did last season, when they slipped 22-0 down, they started slowly and spent the second period chasing the game and ended up losing by eight points, the most irritating margin of defeat of all.

 

Credit to Doncaster, though, because having not won a Championship match since January, a run of 17 games brightened only by a draw with Cornish Pirates, they were hardly brimming with confidence.

 

But the hosts' conviction that this was a must win game shone through in the early exchanges as their forwards clattered over the gain-line and rocked the visitors who had taken an early 3-0 lead through Ollie Thomas's otherwise sub-par boot.

 

With their dual registered Leicester Tiger Keiran Brookes dominating the scrums and Moseley's lineout spluttering, the home side had all the advantage they needed to build their 18-point half-time lead.

 

However, it should not be ignored that the two Tyson Lewis tries Knights produced were eminently preventable from Moseley's point of view, particularly the second which saw the former Plymouth wing weave his way through midfield and passed three defenders to touch down from 50m.

 

By contrast whenever Moseley attacked in the first period, always through the forwards and never the backs, their set-piece or maul organisation let them down. Doncaster fully deserved their interval lead.

 

Mose showed much more conviction after the resumption but even with some decent ball and a string of penalties to build on, they still lacked the cohesion to split the home defence in any meaningful way.

 

Not helping was the fact they had been forced to reshuffle when Brad Davies went off injured in the 15th minute and Ollie Thomas was given the opportunity to mark his 200th appearance by coming in from the wing to fly half.

 

The utility man did not enjoy a happy evening as his string of successful goal attempts going into the game ended at 18 and his line-kicking was at times wretched.

 

Nevertheless Moseley managed to produce 13 unanswered points, through Thomas, Ben Pienaar's ridden lineout maul and three yellow cards shown to home forwards.

 

But their attempts at fluidity were like watching a drunk tie his shoelaces whilst wearing boxing gloves - never likely to succeed.

 

And so, when their scrum coughed up one last penalty on the final play, Lennard stepped up and delivered his team's first league win since January and denied Moseley anything to show for a worrying evening.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

 

Min

Score

 

 

04

0 - 3

Pen Oliver Thomas

Pen Jamie Lennard

06

3 - 3

 

Try Tyson Lewis

11

8 - 3

 

 

14

8 - 3

Rep Charlie Hayter for Davies

Try Tyson Lewis

16

13 - 3

 

Con Jamie Lennard

16

15 - 3

 

Pen Jamie Lennard

22

18 - 3

 

Rep Chris Hallam for Louis Silver

24

18 - 3

 

 

27

18 - 3

Rep Ben Pons for Neil Mason

Pen Jamie Lennard

37

21 - 3

 

 

39

21 - 3

Rep Dave Hilton for Thorpe

Yellow Card Adam Kettle

45

21 - 3

 

 

48

21 - 6

Pen Oliver Thomas

Rep Brian McGovern for Davies

56

21 - 6

 

 

58

21 - 6

Rep Ryan Glynn for Brown

 

58

21 - 6

Rep Anders Mogenson for Robinson

Rep James Tincknell for Mama

60

21 - 6

 

 

60

21 - 6

Rep Adam Caves for Wilkes

Yellow Card Matthew Challinor

61

21 - 6

 

 

62

21 - 11

Try Ben Pienaar

 

62

21 - 13

Con Oliver Thomas

Yellow Card Dominic Parsons

71

21 - 13

 

 

72

21 - 16

Pen Oliver Thomas

Pen Jamie Lennard

74

24 - 16