Moseley 13 Earth Titans 29
Moseley (Tries: Cox (18), Caves (64). Pen: Thomas (31)..)
Earth Titans (Tries: Fourie (1), Donald (8), Bornman (37), Conroy (59), McGowan (77). Cons: Whitehead 2.
HT: 8-15. Referee: Chris Sharp.
frozen out by Titans in Trophy” - Birmingham Mail, 26th November
Moseley went out of the Powergen National Trophy at a bitterly cold Billesley Common last night eventually undone by the extra pace and power of National One opponents Earth Titans – the team formerly known as Rotherham………….
Moseley director of rugby John Beale said: “I think the score flattered them a bit. There was a learning curve in the first ten minutes when we were not up to the tempo. Once we were up to speed we played some rugby in the middle third. The biggest lesson is that we have to take our chances.
We had three good opportunities and made mistakes on all three which cost us dear. In terms of the shape of our game it was good though, we got a bit of tempo back and to return to National Two next week that will probably have given us the gee-up we need”
“Moseley pay for sluggish start” - Birmingham Post, 26th November
Moseley were always going to use this Powergen Trophy match as an opportunity to measure themselves against opponents whom they hope to meet on a more regular basis next season.
That they failed to beat National One side Earth Titans, who once belonged to the town of Rotherham, will not surprise anyone but perhaps what will raise the odd eyebrow or two is that they were able to afford their visitors a two-try start yet seriously inconvenience them for long periods afterwards………………..
Coach Ian Smith couldn’t be too critical about his side’s performance but expressed his frustration at their poor start. “I am disappointed how basic the errors were that we gave them the scores from. We were caught a little cold which is often the case when you play against opponents used to a higher intensity.”
What the Rotherham Coach said: - Andre Bester speaking to rotherhamrugby.co.uk
“We knew this was going to be a tricky one because we’ve got everything to loose. We came down for Friday evening not having as much time to prepare and Moseley were really up for this game. They really got stuck in but I don’t think they ever looked like beating us.
But we didn’t help ourselves, we had five penalties that should have found touch and they didn’t. But at the end of the day cup rugby is about winning and not the performance, league rugby is different.
Moseley played some good rugby and struck the ball well, they have got a nice back line going. Their half backs were outstanding and the full back is a very good player. They’ve got a lot to offer and they’ll do well when they come up to National one."