Moseley 42 v 15 DK
Squad: Will Squire, Tom Parkes, Harry Bayliss, Dan Southall, Jake Whitney, will hancox, Luke Beddall, Simon Gore, james wheeler, Mattie Acaster, Patrick Keen, Scott Fawkes, Alex Brooks, Hayden Green, Matt McLaughlan, Calum Kavanagh, Will Renwick, James Hadley, Miles Legister, isaac latham, Joel Faux-Conduit, Ben Southall. (Apologies for any errors of omission or commission)
Moseley are a strong side and were good value for a well-deserved victory at Billesley Common, running in six tries, all of which were converted. DK scored three tries of their own but were unable to add the further points.
With no less than six changes in the pack at half time and others in the backs, and with most of the DK squad not having played since the end of November, this was always going to be a stern test. The game was a tough physical encounter and both sides ran the ball at every opportunity. The major difference lay in the ability of Moseley to turn over possession and then to launch dangerous counter-attacks at speed. DK were inclined to commit players in numbers at the breakdown, giving the opposition too much space and the balance of possession was mostlyin favour of the opposition.
The first half opened with DK playing into the teeth of a strong wind. The 9/10 partnership of Simon Gore and will hancox looked comfortable from the start and it wasn’t long before the former went blind to feed Jake Whitney who rounded the defence to score. (0-5). From the restart, DK continued to enjoy decent possession, but some promising moves in the backs failed to add to the score and Moseley began to look dangerous. They went ahead from a converted try following a penalty, straight through some rather weak tackling. A second try soon followed. (14-5). DK’s response was positive but there was no way through and a breakaway try from Moseley extended the home side’s lead to 21-5. With half time close, pressure from DK was rewarded when a lineout was won on Moseley’s throw for will hancox to score an unconverted try (21-10).
Wholesale changes were made at half time to give all the squad game time, with Moseley also making a number of changes, including our old adversary Rhys, formerly of Camp Hill and one young gentleman sporting a flourishing beard of which anyone would be proud. Moseley were soon back into their stride and moved the ball wide across the pitch and back again, to overcome an over-stretched defence (28-10). Further attacks foundered against the indefatigable Jake Whitney who was on several occasions the only man left to beat. Despite the wind advantage and some long tactical kicks down field, DK were unable to reduce the margin and gaps in the visitor’s defence were exposed for a fifth try (35-10). Some further personnel changes could not prevent yet another Moseley try and at 42-10, the score was taking on a distinctly lopsided look. However, with the end of the game looming, Will Squire went over in the corner from a tap penalty to make the final score 42-15 to Moseley.
Losing possession at the breakdown was a problem for DK and is an aspect of the game that may need some attention, coupled with keeping the ball in hand where possible. The next fixture is at home to Malvern on 23rd January.