1st XV Match Report V Doncaster Knights (Home) Sat 11/11/2006 

Match Report

Moseley 0 Doncaster Knights 22 - November 11th 2006

Moseley: Thomas, Lennard (Oduoza 74), O'Leary, Cox (Buckley
50), Binns, Macdonald, Knight (Hunter 76), Coles, Caves
(Bick 74), Buxton, Arnold (Hadley 74), Skelding (Stott 74),
Evans, McIntosh, Rodwell.

Doncaster: Carter, Van Vuuren, Hunt, Davies, Bailey,
Woodrow, Jones, Bunting, Boden, Rawson (Tau 55), Gross (Kenworthy
62), D Cook, Earnshaw, Forster (Grainger 40), Talei (O Cook

SCORERS: Doncaster – tries: Carter, Cooke, penalty try; penalty: Woodrow; conversions: Woodrow (2).

Referee: Richard Draper Touch judges: Phillips Richard, Peter Facey Assessor: Fred Farmer

Attend: 597

The action – as it happened - Moseley in red

7 PEN Mark Woodrow
13 YC Netani Talei
31 YC Tom McIntosh
37 PT Penalty Try
37 CON Mark Woodrow

Half time 0-10

50 TRY Anthony Carter
55 TRY Daniel Cook
55 CON Mark Woodrow

Moseley pay for their inexperience

Birmingham Post

Moseley head coach Ian Smith insisted his side remained upbeat despite failing to score a single point for the first time this season in their defeat against Doncaster Knights at the weekend.

The Billesley Common side slipped to a 22-0 loss to make it three games without a win in National League One.

But Smith was refusing to dwell on the negative aspects of his side’s performance and believes there were plenty of positives to build on as they prepare to host high-flying Plymouth Albion on Saturday.

“We’ll analyse it, look at the positives and look at a few of the things we need to rectify,” he said. “It is just a case of working hard on Tuesday and Thursday again and looking forward to Plymouth.

“They are a tremendous bunch of players, very ambitious and they are not really down to be honest. I think they self analyse and look at certain parts of the game we need to work on in training and then off we go again on Saturday.

“We competed against a full-time side who have proven a handful to most teams and I thought we acquitted ourselves well. But it was probably an experience issue in the second half. When the pressure comes on you really have to concentrate.” And it was a second half collapse that cost Moseley any chance of claiming something from the game.

Doncaster posted the first points on the board after seven minutes through a penalty from Mark Woodrow.

Moseley then had two glorious opportunities to take the lead midway through the first half but first Jamie Lennard knocked on with the try-line in sight and then a slick interchange between Daren O’Leary and Tom McIntosh set Lennard free on the right but he was denied five metres out by a crunching tackle from Doncaster’s Luke Gross.

The visitors took advantage of the fact Moseley had let them off the hook to exert some pressure of their own and, after a series of scrums, the home front row conceded a penalty try a minute before the break which Woodrow slotted home to give Doncaster a 10-0 lead.

The second half belonged to Doncaster as they stepped up the pace and Anthony Carter added a second try ten minutes after the re-start before Daniel Cook grabbed a third five minutes later to kill off any hope of a Moseley revival.

“Towards the end the score was a true reflection,” Smith added. “Doncaster played a lot better in the second half, put a lot of pressure on our team which we didn’t react to. It was disappointing but it is all part of the learning.

“Defensively we were a lot better and our options and decision making was very good especially in the first 40 minutes. But when you are playing against a very experienced, older team, you have to make sure you are accurate.”

MOSELEY 0 DONCASTER 22 - Second-half horror show scuppers Mose
Sunday Mercury

A SECOND-HALF collapse saw Moseley slump to a heavy defeat at the hands of their northern opponents at a windy Billesley Common.

In a game littered with errors, Moseley showed in glimpses they had the ability to hurt Doncaster Knights but never developed enough rhythm to finish off the chances they created.

The visitors put the first points on the board through a penalty in front of the posts courtesy of Mark Woodrow after seven minutes.

Oliver Thomas had an opportunity to draw Moseley level two minutes later with a penalty just inside the Knights’ half but pulled his kick wide of the posts.

After that Moseley got on top, dominating territory and possession forcing Doncaster to defend deep inside their 22 metre line.

Moseley were presented with a numerical advantage on 15 minutes when Doncaster’s Netani Talei was sin-binned but, despite a series of scrums and line-outs, they were unable to find a way through.

The home side’s best chance came on 25 minutes when a slick interchange between Daren O’Leary and Thomas McIntosh set Jamie Lennard racing free with the line in sight – only to be denied by a try saving tackle from Luke Gross.

Devastating Despite their dominance Moseley were dealt a devastating blow just a minute before half-time.

With McIntosh in the sin-bin the Knights took the opportunity to apply some pressure and despite resolute defending Moseley’s front-row eventually succumbed, collapsing a scrum to allow Woodrow to slot home a penalty try and give the visitors a 10-0 lead at the break.

After the interval Doncaster cranked up their performance and Moseley had no response as they were blown apart by a determined, physical and experienced outfit.

With 50 minutes on the clock replacement Simon Grainger, on for injured Knights skipper Jason Forster, burst through a gap in the Moseley defence which allowed Wes Davies to set Anthony Carter free on the right wing to cross in the corner for an unconverted try.

Moseley head coach Ian Smith introduced recent New Zealand signing Nick Buckley to help add some experience to his side but he was powerless to stop Doncaster claiming a third try five minutes later.

Donovan Van Vuuren side-stepped his way past two men before scrum-half Ben Jones wiggled his way to within touching distance of the line and Daniel Cooke finished off, crashing over for Doncaster’s third try of the afternoon.

Woodrow added the two points to complete a comprehensive victory.

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