1st XV Match Preview V Doncaster (Away) Sat 04/09/2010
BIG MATCH PREVIEW
by Joe Heaton
Doncaster v Moseley, at Castle Park, RFU Championship,
Saturday, Saturday 4th September 2010, k.o. 3.00 pm
After all the
pre-season optimism, realism set in last Saturday afternoon as Moseley went
down to a home defeat (17-29) against recently promoted Esher. In spite of
all the excellent off season work in addressing last season’s shortcomings
the hole in the centre was even more inviting to opposing sides due to a
combination of injury and selection.
It was a disappointing result especially given the matches that lie
immediately ahead i.e. Doncaster (a), Cornish Pirates (h), Bristol (h),
Bedford (a) and Worcester (h). No doubt there was a probing inquest and the
club’s supporters will anxiously wait to hear what the management has to say
on the defeat. It was most unfortunate that Ollie Thomas was unable to play
due to a groin strain; his kicking was badly missed. It is hoped, however,
that he will be fit for Saturday.
This first away match against Doncaster Knights, the most promoted club in
the history of league rugby union football, is one of the more demanding
fixtures of the season. They were 7th in the first Championship, i.e. two
places above Moseley.
The results of last season’s Championship matches between the two clubs
26th September Moseley 33-25 Doncaster W
19th December Doncaster 19-3 Moseley L
Like Moseley, Doncaster lost last Saturday’s match, away to Cornish Pirates
30-14 although the Duchy is always a hard place to get a result. The Knights
will be as fired up as Moseley to avoid two successive defeats.
The club’s best known new player for this season is Tristan Roberts, from
Moseley. Our management and supporters will hope that he has not yet settled
into his new club or that he has one of those days which so infuriated
rather than exhilarated the Moseley supporters last season.
Doncaster sits at the heart of the road and rail communication system of
north eastern England. It is twenty miles from both Rotherham and Sheffield
and straddles the South Yorkshire coal field. The town is the largest in
England not to have been awarded city status, although Greater Doncaster has
a population of 286,000.
The main claims to fame of the town’s much contracted industry are its
former locomotive building and repair shops, which built the steam engines
of the ‘Mallard’ & ‘Flying Scotsman’ for the London North Eastern Railway.
The area suffered badly from the rundown of the coal industry in the
1970s/80s but has been successfully regenerated, profiting from its key
Doncaster RFC was founded in 1875 and remained a regional club until it
reached National League Two in 2002-03 and League One in 2005-06. Doncaster
now plays at Castle Park in Armthorpe Road. The club’s ground, built in part
from Lottery funds, has a capacity of 5000, of which 1600 can be seated
Since early last season Doncaster’s Director of Rugby has been Lynn Howells,
who is assisted by Justin Bishop. In the close season he made a considerable
number of changes with a view to reducing the average age the team.
It all makes for a challenging encounter on Saturday.
FRIDAY NIGHT RUGBY
Check your diaries…………
Please note that our home games against Doncaster and Rotherham will now be
played on Friday 12th November and Friday 11th February respectively -
This follows the successful staging of Friday games in last seasons B&I cup
and also avoids clashing with the televised England v Italy 6 Nations game.
It is also hoped that by staging the match on Friday local players will have
the opportunity to come and sample the enjoyment of watching a highly
competitive Championship match.
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