Coventry 15 Moseley 14 - September 23rd 2006
Coventry: Stewart; Dixon (Montague, 40), Geraghty, Sanders (Toft, 71), Takarangi; Dorrian, Walls (James, 59); Rimmer (Siviter, 52), Friswell, Brits, Tonkin (Venter, 67), Campton (Nimmo, 40), Johnson T, O’Connor, Johnson W. Replacement: Protherough.
Moseley: Thomas; Bressington (Holder, 40), O’Leary, Cox, Binns; Macdonald, Knight; Buxton (Coles, 43), Caves, Bayliss (Sigley, 62), Arnold, Stott (Skelding, 75), Evans (Hall 23-30 ( Warren , 75)), Mason, Rodwell. Replacement: Hunter.
Thanks to the Sunday Mercury for this report
COVENTRY 15 MOSELEY 14 Off-target Ollie rues
MOSELEY’S Mr Reliable Ollie Thomas had an off-day with his boot as he missed three penalties, two in the dying minutes, and condemned his side to their second consecutive away defeat.
Thomas, leading scorer for the past three seasons and one of the best kickers outside the Premiership, was uncharacteristically wayward with three of his five attempts as his Moseley team left Butts Park with only a bonus point to show for their hard work.
It could have been so much more. Nathan Bressington gave them the lead after only two minutes and, although former Bees man Aaron Takarangi crossed for two second-half tries, an Adam Caves score left the visitors trailing by only one point.
Thomas landed a brilliant conversion of the hooker’s score to make it 15-14 with a quarter of an hour left but then he was wide and short with a long-range effort in the 75th minute.
Then, when Coventry scrum-half Duncan James was penalised for punching deep into injury time, Thomas was presented with a much easier opportunity only to hook it left.
The visitors actually made the perfect start and crossed the Cov line with their first attack. They had a scrum on halfway following which Thomas drifted delightfully into the line and raced past his man.
The full-back drew the last defender and gave Bressington the ball and nothing but 20 metres between him and the tryline. He made no mistake.
Thomas’ touchline conversion was imperious and the Birmingham side had an early 7-0 lead.
Advantage That advantage was cut in the tenth minute when the hosts broke out of their own territory and to the Moseley 22. John O’Connor off-loaded for Kieran Geraghty but Moseley lock Richard Stott conceded a penalty.
Myles Dorrian stepped up with a relatively simple penalty and stroked it through for 7-3.
Although they continued to look the more fluent team, Moseley were put under pressure when Caves was sin-binned midway through the period.
Fortunately for the hooker his team-mates were able to repel Cov’s none-too-impressive attempts to break them down.
The scores were the same as the second half got underway and it was 15 minutes before Takarangi – in only his second start since moving from Sharmans Cross Road – raced on to Apoua Stewart’s off-load and scythed his way to the line.
Then, on the hour, Stewart drew two defenders and gave Dorrian an opening. The fly-half used Donovan Sanders in support and the South African could probably have scored himself but opted to give Takarangi a simple run-in.
Caves brought his side back into it five minutes later with a well-worked catch and drive but Thomas’ conversion was to be his last successful kick.
SCORERS: Coventry: Tries: Takarangi (2); Con: James; Pen: Dorrian.
Moseley: Tries: Bressington, Caves; Cons: Thomas (2).