Scorers - Tries - Wells 2, McAtee 2, Bell, Motusaga 2, Winn
Conversions - Di Bernardo 4
O Thomas; A Coniff, C Holder, P Cox, J Aston; G MacDonald, P Knight (capt);
A Caves (C Lea 54), N Bayliss (K Moran 54, Bayliss 71); P Arnold, A Hadley
(A Lightowler 54)
C Daniell, N Mason (R Bignell 40), M Evans.
Replacements (not used): B Buxton, D Hunter, A Binns.
Yellow Card: Arnold.
A Winnan, R McAtee, D Bell, S Winn (D Roke 58), L Vinnicombe; A Di Bernardo,
G Anderson (A Paver 54), N Makin (D Dawiduik 54), D Seal (S Heard 71); J
Inglis (S Hobson 58)
J Beardshaw; C Cracknell (M Evans 40), I otusaga, T Cowley (capt).
Replacement (not used): G Cattle.
Red Card: Heard.
Referee: R Phillips (RFU)
This match report is from The Birmingham Post.
It rained tries for 40 minutes of this EDF Energy National Trophy match —
unfortunately, all of them went to a slick home side that fully deserved its
place in today’s fifth round draw.
Moseley’s interest in the knockout competition was emphatically ended by six
second-half scores and although they might have hoped to leave Cornwall
having bagged a few points themselves, in truth they will not mourn the
passing of the this competition. On their list of top ten priorities, this
match ranked eleventh, Twickenham can wait. Instead, they must take what
they can from this shutout and apply them in next Saturday’s crucial
National League One encounter with Otley
About the only positive is that no-one was seriously injured. Importantly,
Neil Mason tucked another half of rugby under his belt as he comes back from
a knee injury. The flanker was off the pitch when the carnage ensued. A
decent first-half display, in which the visitors looked to have contained
Pirates to just five points, was undermined by a try two minutes into added
It was as if that broke any resolve Moseley had and the second period was
something to be endured, rather than an opportunity to counter anything
their hosts produced. That is not to say Moseley were without their chances
early on. In the ninth minute, they were in catch-and-drive territory, only
for Mark Evans to break off the maul and lose possession in contact.
In the 23rd minute, they latched on to a loose ball that had sailed too long
at a Pirates’ lineout, but when they were within two metres, they were
stripped of possession. Five minutes after that, they won a penalty but
instead of kicking for the corner, Ollie Thomas’ punt went dead.
Not that any of it would have affected the result; if the outcome was not
clear when the teams were drawn together, it certainly was five minutes into
the game when Mose were pinned back in their 22 following Mason’s high
tackle. Pirates’ blindside Chris Cracknell slipped a challenge as he looked
for an opening down the sideline. That allowed him to release Iva Motasuga
and scrum half Rhodri Wells.
With a simple two-on-one, the openside drew the defender and gave Wells an
easy score. Alberto Di Bernard o missed the conversion, however. The
expected onslaught never came. Moseley battled well, forced their hosts back
into their own territory and really should have either narrowed or
completely erased the deficit. They were punished with three minutes to go
before the break when Paul Arnold was sinbinned for pulling down a driven
A man light in the pack, they survived for five minutes but a scrum ten
metres from their line was always going to be difficult. Moseley had
actually competed well in this department, nicking one against the head on
the quarter-hour, but the compliment was returned when the home pack shunted
their opponents off the ball. Mason tried valiantly to save possession but,
in a flash, it was swept wide for Stephen Winn to feed Rhodri McAtee. The
former Worcester man shrugged off Adam Conniff’s interference to touch down
in the corner. This time, Di Bernard o made no mistake for 12-0.
Moseley might have had the final word in the period when Winn was guilty of
not releasing, affording Thomas a kick at goal from halfway. The fly half
sliced his effort and the score remained unchanged. Not for long. Seconds
after the restart, of which Moseley never took control, the Cornishmen
powered a maul 20 metres over the line. Duncan Bell was awarded the final
touch. With Arnold still in the can, the Birmingham side were pushed off
their own ball once more and Motusaga touched down.
Three minutes after that, the openside tore through the defence and created
the platform for Grant Anderson to offload to Winn. The outside centre was
able to walk the metre to the line. Motusaga scampered free to score again
on the hour and when Di Bernard o converted Wells’ second try, it took the
score to 41-0.
Moseley were handed a numerical advantage with ten minutes to go when Sam
Heard — seconds after coming on — was shown a red card for his part in a
mass brawl. Even then, it was Pirates who rounded off the scoring. Adryan
Winnan cut loose and McAtee was on hand to double his tally and bring his
side’s to within two of the half-century. Birmingham Post, Monday 22nd