1st XV Match Report V Doncaster Knights (a) Sat 28/03/2009 

Match Report

Doncaster 41  Moseley 17 - March 28th 2009

DONCASTER: Carter; W. Davies, Tonga’uiha (McColl), Armitage, Wright; Lennard (Warnock), D’Arcy (Hallam); T. Davies (Toke), Boden, Tau (Cusack); Kenworthy, Smith; Afu (Grainger), Cochrane, Kettle. Not used: Griffiths.

MOSELEY: Thomas; Bressington (Roberts), Adams, Reay (Cox), Norton; Vasey, Taylor: N. Williams, Oselton, Sigley (Davis); Muldowney, Stott (Arnold); D. Williams, Whitney, Mason. Not used: Trinder, Bignell, Caves.

Scorers: Doncaster Tries: Tonga'uiha, Davies, Lennard, Kenworthy, Armitage
Penalties: Lennard 4 Conversions: Lennard, Warnock

Moseley Try: Whitney, Penalties: Thomas 3, Drop  goal:Vasey

Moseley battle in vain at Knights -
Sunday Mercury

From PAUL SMITH at Castle Park

MOSELEY failed to tear up the form-book for the second consecutive week after going down to a heavy defeat at high-flying Doncaster Knights.

A bitterly cold wind along with intermittent showers made conditions difficult for both sides and ruined the game as a spectacle for a good sized crowd.

Doncaster dominated the early exchanges despite being up against the elements.

Indeed it was nine minutes before Moseley had their first spell of possession, by which time their over-eager defence had already fallen foul of referee Terry Hall's whistle on five occasions.

Prolific fly-half Jamie Lennard kicked the hosts in front on eight minutes after Moseley were caught offside 30 metres out, but Ollie Thomas replied immediately when Doncaster went over the top on their own 22 on the first occasion they were required to defend.

Simple Doncaster's first half game plan was very simple and largely well-executed. Their forwards picked and drove at every opportunity, with Tongan flanker Josh Afu prominent, and by doing so controlled the ball and the clock.

By contrast Moseley sought to use Thomas and Richard Vasey to kick for field position from what limited possession they gleaned.

The scrum was untidy from the off, resulting in a barrage of free kicks and little clean possession for either side.

Doncasterto handled in a defensive ruck and Thomas again split the uprights on 19 minutes.

He also managed a third successful kick after Tonga'uiha was adjudged to have deliberately knocked on 25 minutes.

With the scrum giving the referee problems throughout, Moseley loose head Nathan Williams was singled out for a prolonged lecture on the half hour, and when the next scrum also went down it was no surprise to see referee Terry Hall give him a yellow card. Lennard converted the ensuing penalty.

Moseley responded with their best spell of phased play of the half, producing good field position for Vasey to drop a calmly taken goal.

However concentration lapsed from the kick off, and the visitors failed to gather and Doncaster's pack drove cen tre Tonga'uiha, who enjoyed a superb game, over from close range to close the half time gap to a single point, which was short of Moseley's hopes.

This concern was amplified within seven minutes of the restart when Doncaster winger Wes Davies cut a sublime angle through midfield to score a converted try, then Lennard jinked through some poor tackling to add another five points.

Moseley used various options in the front row, rotating both personnel and positions during the second half, but found little joy against the powerful home unit. A Lennard drop goal took the lead to 26-12 following another strong Doncasterdrive.

On the hour mark, Doncaster made sure of victory and claimed the try bonus point in the process with a catch and drive from a close range lineout. This was finished to the biggest cheer of the afternoon by popular home captain Glen Kenworthy.

After a Lennard penalty further extended the lead on 65 minutes, Moseley finally managed a try through flanker Adam Whitney after a nice break from Jack Adams and some good handling from the backs.

This was a rare outbreak of accurate execution on an afternoon when cold hands brought endless handling errors.

Bevon Armitage, the least famous of the quartet of rugby playing brothers, stretched the home lead in the dying minutes, with replacement fly-half Ali Warnock adding the extras.

Moseley head coach Ian Smith was disappointed with his side's performance afterwards.

"The first half was played between two teams who looked totally disinterested," he said.

"Doncaster upped their game after the break and used the wind much better than we did, they deserved their win."

Full back Ollie Thomas added: "Doncaster were much more clinical than us. They played a very controlled game into the wind, and I thought their pick and go was very effective."

"Their midfield consistently took the right options and executed them well."

Moseley now face a tough sequence of games in their bid to be part of next season's newly formed Championship.
Moseley hit low point after joys of league/cup double - Birmingham Post


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