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: Wilson, Yapp.

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


Exeter 34
Tries: Blythe, Fatialofa, Jenkins, Kingdom, Staniforth  
Pens: Staniforth   Cons: Staniforth 3  

Moseley 16 
Tries: Binns
Pens: Thomas 3   Cons: Thomas  

Yellow cards: Exeter – Walker 13.

Referee: Richard Phillips (RFU).

Attendance: 2,295.

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 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 half-time advantage.

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 lead.

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 win.










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