National One: Doncaster Knights 55 Moseley 5
It is seemingly incongruous to reflect that perhaps the outcome, and most certainly the margin, of Moseley's defeat at a wind-swept Castle Park was caused by the juxtaposition of a Six Nations Championship weekend with this fixture.
With international calls affecting an already injury-hit Gloucester, though, the knock-on effect was that the Birmingham side was shorn of the service of as many as seven players who have featured prominently in their recent matches.
There will be little comfort to Moseley's supporters to know that six of these were part of Gloucester's successful Premiership encounter with London Irish, and the other, Alasdair Dickinson, was to feature for Scotland in England's demise at Murrayfield.
Thus it was that the Moseley side which took the field bore little resemblance to that which had lost narrowly at home to the same opponents in the autumn.
Kicking off with the wind in their favour, the red and blacks started brightly and wing Ollie Winter came desperately close to scoring in the corner after a good half-break by centre Gary Trueman.
Then, after only ten minutes, disaster struck twice. First Trueman was forced to leave the field to receive stitches to a facial cut, and second his centre partner Ali James received an injury to his shoulder which led to his with-drawal from the fray.
This disruption to the Moseley midfield was seized upon immediately by the Doncaster backline, with first Tom Luke, then ex-Bees fly half Mark Woodrow, crossing for tries which the latter converted with ease.
Although the Birmingham side regrouped and started to gain some momentum, this was temporary, as their scrummage was under such pressure that they were shoved off their own ball on three occasions.
Given a comfortable forward platform, Woodrow was now running the show and when a huge relieving kick from fly half Tommy Hayes went dead Knights scored a third try when No 8 Chris Planchant ran through two tackles from the ensuing scrum 10 metres out. Again Woodrow added the extras.
The home side achieved the bonus-point fourth try just before half time when a loose pass from Hayes went behind his centres and was snapped up by the Knights' blitz defence, giving them a huge overlap which they exploited for wing Paul Bailey to score an unconverted try in the corner.
After the break Moseley were now playing into the strong wind and, try as they might, they were unable to break the stranglehold which was the Knights' defence. In running it back from their own 22, the ball was turned over, Knights ran it right, and again the overlap was gleefully accepted by wing Donovan Van Vuuren.
Despite the scoreline Moseley's heads did not drop and, with coach Ian Smith bringing on several replacements, the side continued to press forward. When they lost the ball in the Knights' half, though, a clever angled kick bounced badly and wrong-footed full back Andy Binns, leaving Luke a simple run-in for his second try.
Moseley received some consolation following this when Neil Mason was driven over from a line out but further tries, by Van Vuuren and flanker Bryn Griffiths, set the seal on a miserable day for the Billesley Common side.
DONCASTER KNIGHTS: Carter; Bailey, Bishop, Luke, Van Vuuren (Davies 57); Woodrow (Rees 57), Jones (Scully 75); List (Toke 46), Boden (Phillips 54), Davies (Rawson 75), Fa'aoso, Kenworthy, Griffiths, Grainger (Jones 46), Planchant.
MOSELEY: Binns; Bressington, James (Cox 11), Trueman (Stenhouse 76), Winter; Hayes, Lewis; Williams, McMillan (Caves 40), Bayliss (Buxton 57), Stott, Atkinson (Arnold 70), Mason (Evans 70), Bignell, Rodwell.