Moseley blast off the blocks

By Roger Clarke, Birmingham Mail


MOSELEY 59 TYNEDALE 24

IT WAS a tale of two Moseleys as they eased through to the fifth round of the Powergen National Trophy with a nine-try, 59-24 demolition of Tynedale at Billesley Common. The Division Three North side from Northumberland were a try and conversion down in 20 seconds as Daren O'Leary, playing full-back, picked up a wayward kick by the half-way line.

He ran the ball back before offloading to skipper Gareth Taylor and the scrum-half obliged with the try.
No10 Ollie Thomas added the first of his six conversions. Thirty nine minutes and 40 seconds later when Tynedale trudged back to the dressing room they were 40-5 down and their cup dreams were over.

After the interval Moseley took their foot off the pedal while the visitors battled hard to earn a 19-19 second half scoreline. Moseley director of rugby John Beale said: "We were 40-5 up at half-time and it was difficult to sustain our interest. "We lost shape and pattern and conceded soft tries so the second-half was not really noteworthy for anything really. "I was a bit disappointed because I would have liked to have got a bit of shape going for next week."

Next week being the National Two top of the table clash when leaders Moseley go to second-placed Esher. The two are the only undefeated teams in the division with Esher having conceded just 27 points in five games.

Beale said: "The first-half was pretty good and there were positives. We looked as if we could turn it up a gear at any time we wanted. "The jury is still out on whether Daren O'Leary is better at full-back than in the centre but he certainly looked good here. "Andy Binns (the regular full-back) played in the centre and scored a try from there which was good.

"Tynedale were no mugs with one or two players on loan from Newcastle and they had reasonable shape in their backs and were a decent side." For the record Moseley's scores came from winger Nathan Bressington (2), prop Jim Fallon, back row Nick Southern, flanker Neil Mason, Binns, Taylor, centre Paul Cox and a penalty try. Thomas kicked six conversions while replacement fly half Greg MacDonald kicked one.

Tynedale's tries came from full-back Will Massey, flanker Scott Breerton, winger Hamish Smales and John Parker with two kicks from fly half Gavin Beasley.