1st XV Match Preview V Doncaster Knights (Away) Sat 17/09/2011 

“BIG MATCH” PREVIEW - By Glyn Barlow

 

Saturday sees Moseley’s first Championship away game of this season with a visit toCastlePark,Doncaster. Based on the performances over the last two weeks, although a win is still to come, Moseley should be taking some positives forward to this match.

 

Again againstNottinghamthe young Moseley back row proved to be extremely lively and as the new signings in the backs start to settle in there are signs of a greater cutting edge than last season.

 

While never previously reaching the heights of the game,Doncasteris a club with a history nearly as long as Moseley’s, having been founded in 1875. It is really only in recent years that the club has shown significant success, starting its league campaign in 1987/8 in what was then effectively level 10. Promotion to the National Leagues occurred in 1998/9, and they finally reached National one in 2005/6, a position that they have successfully defended since.

 

Like Moseley the Knights are looking for their first win of the season, having so far picked up two bonus points from last weeks 39 – 32 loss at Cornish Pirates. That result leavesDoncasterone place behind Moseley in the Championship table. With two of their four tries coming from the forwards Moseley will be expecting a tough game up front.

 

Last season Moseley completed the double overDoncasterwith an early season away win 16 – 23, following up at Billesley 27 – 15. Clearly the Knights will be looking to avenge this.

 

During the close season Doncaster’s playing management has strengthened the squad with the signing of fly half / centre Tom Luke from the Pirates, Adam Kettle (back row) fromNottinghamand Saracens prop Alex Brown.

 

In addition Director of Rugby Brett Davey has been shopping in the Emerald Isles with Leinster winger Michael Keating,Ulsterfull back David Mcilwaine, prop Royce Burke-Flynn, and back row Michael Noone all making the trip over theIrish Sea.

 

In reverse the Doncaster squad has lost last seasons top points scorer Tristan Roberts, a player well known to Moseley supporters, who has moved south toBristol. A player who will know about the threat posed byDoncasteris Moseley’s full back Anthony Carter who is a former captain of the Knights.

 

Saturday will prove to be the usual entertaining encounter between the two teams. With both sides looking to play a more expansive form of rugby this season try bonus points should be in the offering.