There was much relief at Headingley as Yorkshire Carnegie recorded their first win at home in the league this season against battling Moseley.
For the best part of an hour the result was still in the balance as Moseley looked to end a winless run in the league against Carnegie stretching back to 1998.
But the home side’s superior fitness and class eventually told against the part-timers as Dave Doherty, Christian Georgiou and replacement Sam Egerton ran in second-half tries to add to a peach of a score from Jarad Williams before the break.
Flanker Williams was deservedly voted man-of-the-match after scoring one and setting up another. Back from a three-game suspension, Burrows reminded Carnegie fans what they had been missing from the off when he gathered a clearance inside his own 22 and charged 40 metres upfield before being taken to ground.
Moseley’s first venture in the Carnegie 22 did result in a score though. Ollie Thomas’ pinpoint kick to touch from a penalty took the visitors to within metres of the line, and hooker Adam Caves seemed certain to finish off a well-organised catch-and-drive move until Carnegie pulled down the maul. Referee Dean Richards had no hesitation in awarding the penalty try which Thomas improved to hand the visitors the lead after only eight minutes.
Determined work over the ball by Jon Clarke forced a penalty and provided Carnegie fly-half Harry Leonard with his first shot at goal which he converted.
Blindside Williams then showed great agility to round one defender and fend-off two others to put Carnegie in front with a superb score on 18 minutes. Leonard converted.
Moseley’s Anthony Carter then cut a great line to slice open the Carnegie defence and score his side’s second try wide out on the right with 23 minutes gone. Thomas missed the conversion and a penalty on the stroke of half-time but Moseley led 12-10.
It took a moment of individual brilliance from Doherty as he burst through to unlock Moseley’s defence eight minutes after the break. Leonard converted and did so again, after kicking a simple penalty, when Christian Georgiou brushed off a weak tackle from Drew Cheshire to score Carnegie’s third try.
Moseley’s hopes of getting anything from the contest disappeared when Williams galloped free with another surging run and found replacement scrum-half Sam Egerton on to score their fourth try with 10 minutes left. Mike Penn then went in for a late score for Moseley.
Yorkshire Carnegie: Georgiou; Doherty, Clarke, Lucock, Holmes; Leonard (Grimoldy 72), Pilgrim (Egerton 52); Harris (Imiolek 52), Walker (Nilsen 60), Tideswell (Hooper 68), Myerscough (Smith 63), Jones, Williams, Walker (Bainbridge 60), Burrows (c).
Moseley: Carter; Cheshire (Penn 72), Owen, King, Armstrong; Thomas, Brown (Brazier 73); Williams; Caves (Lea 40-Tolmie 73), Voisey, Powell, Charlton (Dacres 61), Mason, Siggery, Brightwell (Gardiner 84).
Referee: Dean Richards.
Attendance: 2, 141.