Exeter Chiefs 34 Moseley 16 -
November 4th 2006
EXETER CHIEFS: Breeze; Fisher, M Fatialofa, J Fatialofa (Bedford 74),
Kingdom; Staniforth, Bolt; Bennett, Blythe (Jenkins 62), Horn-Smith (Liddington
71), Brown, Hodge (Hanks 57), Walker, Miller (Grove 74), Baxter. Replacements:
MOSELEY: Thomas; Lennard, O’Leary, Cox,
Aston (Binns 50); McDonald, Knight; Coles (Black 41), Caves (Hall 41), Buxton
(Coles 67), Hadley (Skelding 3 - 7), Stott (Skelding 41), Evans, Mason (McIntosh
74), Rodwell. Replacements: Hunter, Holder
Tries: Blythe, Fatialofa, Jenkins, Kingdom, Staniforth
Pens: Staniforth Cons: Staniforth 3
Pens: Thomas 3 Cons: Thomas
Exeter – Walker 13.
Richard Phillips (RFU).
The action – as it happened
(Time, Action, Player - Moseley in red)
9 PEN Oliver Thomas
12 Y. C. Tony Walker
24 TRY Sam Blythe
29 TRY Mark Fatialofa
29 CON Adam Staniforth
35 PEN Adam Staniforth
Half time 15-3
44 PEN Oliver Thomas
60 PEN Oliver Thomas
69 TRY Simon Jenkins
75 TRY Garry Kingdom
75 CON Adam Staniforth
79 TRY Andy Binns
79 CON Oliver Thomas
83 TRY Adam Staniforth
83 CON Adam Staniforth
Thanks to the
Sunday Mercury for this report
MOSELEY LEAVE IT TOO LATE
MOSELEY produced a lacklustre display in Devon,
only coming to life in the dying stages when the points were safely in the hands
of the home side.
The visitors had made early inroads but sloppy handling cost them as they failed
to make their early possession count.
With six minutes gone, Ollie Thomas kicked a penalty to the corner and from the
resulting line-out, the pack powered towards the line only to knock on when a
try looked a certainty.
Less than a minute later and the visitors had another glorious chance to open
the scoring. Jim Rodwell broke from the back of the scrum, skipped through a
tackle and fed to James Aston who managed to squirm over the line only to have
knocked the ball forwards.
Exeter had suffered back-to-back defeats going into this game and looked
decidedly nervous in front of a large Sandy Park crowd.
And those nerves were not helped when Thomas finally posted the first points on
the board with a tenth minute penalty from in front of the posts.
And Moseley had the perfect chance to take a hold on the game when Exeter
flanker Tony Walker was sent to the sin bin on 13 minutes following a second
ticking off by the referee.
But Moseley failed to make their extra man count and, lifted by the return of
Walker, Exeter bagged the game’s first try on 24 minutes. A penalty was kicked
to the corner and, from the resulting line-out, the forwards forced their way
over, hooker Sam Blythe rising with the ball.
Romped Adam Staniforth’s conversion hit the upright but Exeter were now in their
stride and powerful centre Mark Fatialofa romped through for his side’s second
try on the half-hour.
Staniforth’s conversion and a penalty six minutes later handed Exeter a 15-3
The second half failed to find Moseley at their free-running best and all they
could show were a brace of penalties as they closed the margin to six points
with 20 minutes to go.
But Exeter hit back with their third try of the game when replacement hooker
Simon Jenkins was driven over.
The bonus try came five minutes from time when Gary Kingdom collected a pass in
acres of space before crossing, Staniforth’s conversion handing Exeter a 27-9
A late try from Andy Binns in the corner, following an impressive break from
Thomas, was scant consolation for the visitors and it was Exeter who had the
final say when Staniforth went over deep in injury time to wrap up a convincing