1st XV Match Report V Doncaster Knights (h) Sat 02/03/2013 

 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley

Attendance

1,030

Referee

Darren Gamage

Kick Off

3.00pm

 

Teams

 

 

Moseley

23 – 9

Doncaster Knights

 

C

Oliver Thomas

15

Connor Braid

 

 

Simon Hunt

14

Michael Keating

 

 

Greg King

13

Will Sharp

 

 

Anthony Carter

12

Thomas Luke

 

 

William Robinson

11

Tyson Lewis

 

C P P P

Glyn Hughes

10

Jamie Lennard

P P P

T

Ryan Glynn

9

Joe Bedford

 

 

Ethan Waller

1

Brian McGovern

 

 

Adam Caves

2

Rhys Buckley

 

 

Benjamin Evans

3

Jerry Cronin

 

 

Addison Lockley

4

Matthew Challinor

 

Y

Mike Powell

5

Dominic Parsons

 

 

Neil Mason

6

Adam Kettle

 

 

Ben Pons

7

William Hafu

 

 

Ben Pienaar

8

Christopher Planchant

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Daniel Herriott

16

Andrew Brown

 

 

Sam Dickinson

17

Jack Bermanas

 

 

Sam Wilkes

18

Ben Sowery

 

T

Buster Lawrence

19

Phil Hoy

 

 

Oliver Robinson

20

Andrew Boyde

 

 

Bradley Davies

21

Christopher Hallam

 

 

Bradley Hunt

22

Dante Mama

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

Moseley take steps towards safety

 

Moseley made a giant step towards Championship safety but forwards coach Dave Hilton insists there must be no laurel resting until the job has been completed.

 

Mose defended for large parts of this nervy bottom-of-the-table encounter but equally it was them who produced the two moments of quality that proved the difference.

 

A try from Ryan Glynn after just 90 seconds and Buster Lawrence’s first for the club with three minutes remaining put Mose seven points clear of the relegation spot with a game in hand.

 

The vanquished Knights currently occupy that position and they were crestfallen that their dominance of possession and territory did not secure the win that would have lifted them above the hosts.

 

But with Donny having home games against Rotherham, Nottingham and Plymouth to come Hilton believes they will take the dogfight right until the last game.

 

“It’s not sorted, far from it, I have already said to the boys how many points I think Doncaster are going to get for the rest of season, they can still get them and if they do they will overtake us,” the player-coach said.

 

“We are still focused. We have got four home games to go, two away games which are going to be very hard but they are not out of our depth to win them.

 

“If we bring our A game, which we did for large parts of the game today I think we can certainly surprise a few teams.”

 

This victory was no surprise. Mose have turned the corner in the last couple of months and after going an age without winning a home league match they have now won two on the trot.

 

Indeed they have triumphed in three of their last four Championship fixtures and will be hugely confident going into next weekend’s trip to Cornish Pirates.

 

“It’s been coming since mid-December,” Hilton said. “I think today they took a bit of a hammering up front from our boys and we have got to make sure we don’t sit on our laurels, that’s got to be our performance level every week.

 

“We have developed a lot since the start of the season. We sometimes take a bit longer to achieve the things we want to mainly because the Northampton boys can’t train that often and with our boys we can’t spent an hour-and-a-half just on the one skill. It’s going to take longer to evolve.

 

“Hopefully if we can keep most of the squad together it’s going to be looking quite good for next season.

 

“But I am well chuffed with the pack, even the subs. I was excited before the game because I thought we had a good pack out and a fantastic bench as well.

 

“I knew when they came on there would be an impact, and they did when they scored that last try with a few of the subs linking together.

 

“We have got a great squad and with Ethan coming in, everyone knows how good he is, good players like Tom Warren, Stef Thorp, Danny Herriott, can’t get a game at the moment because Ben and Ethan are doing really well.”

 

Dual registered prop Waller was outstanding, both in the scrum and at the breakdown where he put the visitors under real pressure.

 

He also had a hand in the build up to Glynn’s early score as Simon Hunt surged into the 22, Ben Pons, Waller and then Adam Caves took play right up to the line.

 

With no guards in place Glynn nipped over from a few inches and Glyn Hughes’s conversion gave the home team the perfect start.

 

What followed though was 76 minutes of edgy kick-tennis and unconverted opportunities, most of which were created by the Castle Park outfit.

 

Clive Griffiths’s men showed excellent resolve and worked their way up the pitch to force a series of penalties.

 

However, they opted to go for the corner on every one and some outstanding defence from Moseley meant they were unable to find a way across the line.

 

By contrast Moseley took the few first half chances they produced - two Glyn Hughes penalties for a 13-0 lead.

 

Hughes added a third soon after the restart but with three from Doncaster’s Jamie Lennard the game was poised intriguingly at 16-9.

 

Then with three minutes to go up popped Lawrence to give Mose’s survival hopes a massive boost.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Doncaster

 

Min

Score

 

Try Ryan Glynn

02

5 - 0

 

Con Glyn Hughes

02

7 - 0

 

Pen Glyn Hughes

27

10 - 0

 

Pen Glyn Hughes

34

13 - 0

 

Rep Sam Wilkes For Adam Caves (Injury)

37

13 - 0

 

Yellow Card Mike Powell

39

13 - 0

 

 

44

13 - 3

Pen Jamie Lennard

Pen Glyn Hughes

48

16 - 3

 

 

56

16 - 3

Rep Dante Mama For Will Sharp (Tactical)

 

59

16 - 3

Rep Andrew Boyde For Christopher Planchant (Tactical)

 

60

16 - 6

Pen Jamie Lennard

Rep Buster Lawrence For Mike Powell (Tactical)

60

16 - 6

 

 

61

16 - 6

Rep Christopher Hallam For Joe Bedford (Tactical)

Rep Daniel Herriott For Benjamin Evans (Tactical)

64

16 - 6

 

 

67

16 - 9

Pen Jamie Lennard

Rep Oliver Robinson For Ben Pons (Tactical)

68

16 - 9

 

Rep Sam Dickinson For Neil Mason (Tactical)

68

16 - 9

 

 

73

16 - 9

Rep Ben Sowery For William Hafu (Tactical)

Try Buster Lawrence

77

21 - 9

 

Con Oliver Thomas

77

23 - 9

 

Rep Bradley Davies For Glyn Hughes (Tactical)

77

23 - 9

 

Rep Bradley Hunt For William Robinson (Tactical)

77

23 - 9