INJURY-HIT Nestle Rowntree RUFC were struck by two late sucker punches as they lost 19-15 at high-flying Mosborough in Yorkshire Four.

Trees travelled with a much-changed side due to injuries and late call-offs, and four more injury-enforced exits were followed by two late home tries to turn the game.

Indeed, having begun the season with nine front-rowers, Nestle are now down to two for Saturday's visit of Hessle.

They started on the back foot at Mosborough and things looked ominous when, having already conceded a 10th-minute try, they had a prop sin-binned for lifting in a scrum.

However, Trees were resolute in defence and they scored an unconverted try on 25 minutes when fly-half Dave Harder intercepted to run 40 yards home.

Inspired, they started playing some good rugby and this continued into the second half. They had to replace two injured players but were rewarded for their efforts with a Mike Palfrey penalty.

Then when centre Morgan Cames stole the ball off his opposite number to score a try converted by Palfrey, they went 15-7 up.

However, two further injuries, one of them a concussion which required a hospital visit, left the visitors disjointed and Mosborough scored two tries at the death to turn things around.