Brett Davey’s Doncaster Knights made it two wins in a row with their first Championship victory of the season in a hard fought encounter against Moseley at a bitter Castle Park.
The Yorkshiremen blew their visitors away with a sterling first half performance that saw Man of the Match Tyson Lewis score two terrific and new dual-registration signing Keiran Brookes putting them firmly on the front foot with an outstanding display.
Both sides showed early attacking intent, with each defence infringing under the strain. Goal kickers Jamie Lennard and Moseley winger Oliver Thomas exchanged opening penalties in a nervy first five minutes.
But it was the Knights who took the early initiative, a strong line-out was followed up with some equally probing phases by the Doncaster pack, patiently driving the Moseley defence deep into their own territory. Quick ball was generated by the inform Louis Silver; supplying fly-half Tom Luke who orchestrated another training ground move which allowed speedy winger Lewis to race over in the corner.
The opening try gave the Castle Park outfit the license to play free-flowing, expansive rugby as Lewis almost registered a second try moments later. The former Plymouth threat just inches away from finishing a deft chip from scrum-half Silver, but Lewis didn’t wait long to notch his brace.
And he took his second in style, scoring a superb solo effort, taking the ball from Luke just inside the Moseley half and utilising his scorching pace to evade several would be tacklers before touching down. Lennard added the conversion as the Knights extended their early lead.
The most disappointing part of the first half was the loss of the impressive Silver who was forced off the pitch with an apparent severe ankle injury. But the Knights continued their early pressure for much of the first period with Lennard keeping the scoreboard ticking, registering two further penalties. The Donny scrum also showed great dominance, frequently driving the opposition pack backwards as the whistle blew for a 21-3 Knights lead.
The second period became a much closer affair as the visitors attempted to recreate their comeback against London Scottish last time out. Moseley mounted continuous waves of attack as their received their first sustained spell of possession. But it was to no avail as the Knights defended stoutly, clearing their lines thanks to two Adam Kettle turnovers.
The Birmingham based side did manage to double their points tally shortly after as Thomas slotted another penalty following ill-discipline from the Knights. And the referee didn’t hesitate to heavily penalise Doncaster, Kettle turning from hero to villain as he received a yellow card for hands in the ruck; probably paying the punishment for several team fouls.
The sin-bin was set to have a busy night as captain Matt Challinor was the next the receive his marching orders for a similar offence. With Doncaster down to 13 men the pressure told as Moseley eventually managed to break the shackles; former Leicester powerhouse Ben Pienaar burrowed across the whitewash as the visiting forwards took advantage of the extra two men. Thomas converted to reduce the Knights lead to just five.
The final ten minutes were a nervy affair as Donny collected their third yellow of the evening, Dominic Parsons the culprit this time. All three players binned had terrific games, but it didn’t stop a nail biting finish as the Knights remained with only 13 players.
The ever dependable Lennard put the boot in short of the final whistile with his fourth penalty of the game securing victory for his side and denying Moseley a losing bonus point.
Doncaster Knights; 15) Jamie Lennard, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Dante Mama (James Tincknell 64’), 12) Will Simpson, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Tom Luke, 9) Louis Silver (Chris Hallam, 23’), 1) Tom Davies (Brian McGovern 57’), 2) Rhys Buckley, 3) Keiran Brookes 4) Matt Challinor ©, 5) Dominic Parsons, 6) Adam Kettle, 7) Jethro Rawling, 8) Chris Planchant.
Replacements not used; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Ben Sowery, 19) Andy Boyde, 20) Sam Pailor.
Tries; Lewis 10’ 15’
Conversions; Lennard 15’
Penalties; Lennard 6’ 20’ 40’ 78’
Moseley; 15) Billy Robinson (Ryan Glynn 61’), 14) Oliver Thomas, 13) Simon Hunt, 12) Anthony Carter, 11) Brad Hunt, 10) Brad Davies (Hayter, 13’) 9) Sam Brown, (Mogenson 61’) 1) Steffan Thorpe, (Pons 39’) 2) Sam Wilkes (Caves 63’), 3) Craig Voisey, 4) Buster Lawrence, 5) Addison Lockley, 6) Neil Mason (Burrows, 26’), 7) Oliver Robinson, 8) Ben Pienaar.
Tries; Pienaar 70’
Conversions; Thomas 70’
Penalties; Thomas 3’, 55’ 77’
Referee: Martin Fox