DONCASTER 55 MOSELEY 5 - March 8th 2008
Doncaster: Carter; Bailey, Bishop, Luke, Van
Vuuren (Davies 57); Woodrow (Rees 57), Jones (Scully 75); List (Toke
46), Boden (Phillips 54), Davies (Rawson 75), Fa'aoso, Kenworthy,
Griffiths, Grainger (Jones 46), Planchant.
WEAKENED MOSE BOW TO KNIGHTS
A MOSELEY side shorn of most of its contingent of Gloucester loan players was well beaten by a rampant Doncaster Knights at Castle Park. The home side ran in nine tries with a solitary response from the Birmingham side, and this reflected the Knights' superiority in terms of territory and possession. Moseley lost the toss and were asked to play with a very strong wind advantage. From the kick-off they asked questions of the Doncaster defence with some probing attacks.
Treated After 10 minutes, though, Mose centre Ali James was being treated for injury and this gave Doncaster centre Tom Luke the gap needed to score a try which was converted by fly-half Mark Woodrow. Within a minute, James left the field, accompanied by his co-centre Gary Trueman, who needed stitches for a facial cut. With the Moseley side temporarily down to 14 men, Woodrow broke through a disorganised red and black defence, running in under the posts. He converted his try. The Moseley scrummage was under pressure and Doncaster were enjoying a huge amount of possession. When fly-half Tommy Hayes relieved his lines with a huge kick from inside his own 22 the ball ran dead and from the sub sequent scrummage Knights' No 8 Chris Planchant ran in from 10 yards to score. Woodrow converted.
Just before half time a loose pass by Hayes gave away possession. Doncaster created an overlap to run in the bonus-point try at the corner. Half time: 26-0.
With Moseley playing into the teeth of the wind they had little choice but to keep the ball in hand although they could not break the home defence. When they tried to run out of their own 22 the ball was turned over and the Yorkshire side scored a fifth try, this one in the corner. After an hour, Moseley coach Ian Smith had changed the shape of his pack with a number of replacements and his Don caster counterpart did likewise. Although Moseley had more of the ball in the last quarter, whenever they lost possession pressure was relieved by down field kicks from the Doncaster back three. From one such kick fullback Andy Binns was cruelly wrong-footed to gift the home team a try. Within a minute the Moseley forwards failed to retrieve the ball from their own drop-out, gifting another try. Despite the scoreline, Mose did not drop their heads and, from a good line-out take by Richard Stott, they scored when captain Neil Mason was driven over. In the last 10 minutes Doncaster exploited a glaring hole in the midfield and took an intercep tion try to seal victory. Moseley captain Neil Mason said: ‘'We had one of those days when everything seemed to go wrong for us and they capital ised on almost every chance they had. We will now regroup and work hard for the next game at home against Bedford.''
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