Match Report


Moseley 12 Exeter 48 - March 10th 2007


MOSELEY: Thomas; Bressington, Binns, Reay, Oduoza (Holder 40); Hayes, Hunter (Knight 68); Buxton (Coles 68), Bick (Caves 40), Moran (Bayliss 60), Hadley (Skelding 40), Arnold, White (Bignell 40), Mason, Rodwell.

EXETER: Breeze; Luff (Grove 68), Fatialofa, Kelly, Kingdom; Yapp (Staniforth 68)Barrett (Bolt 68); Parkes (Liddington 67), Nelson (Blythe 67), Horn-Smith, Brown, Hanks, Walker, Willis (Slade 63), Baxter (Miller 63)
Referee: Mark Wilson (RFU)

Moseley 12
Tries: Skelding, Thomas.

Con: Thomas

Exeter 48
Tries: Hanks 2, Breeze, Luff, Kelly, Slade
Pens: Yapp 2
Cons: Yapp 5, Staniforth


Moseley embarrassed by ruthless Exeter

By Keith Bracey

With 34 points on the board by half-time Exeter had secured all of the
points in this one-sided game with 40 minutes to go.

Two James Hanks tries, the first after 2 minutes, and tries by Jason Luff and
full-back Ben Breeze with 14 points from former Worcester fly-half Tony
Yapp, had given the visitors the cushion which meant that the second-half
was a damage limitation exercise by outclassed Moseley.

The second-half began with Moseley having made four changes and now
playing with a strong wind at their backs. After 55 minutes Skelding scored wide
out following excellent handling skills by the big lock, unimproved by Thomas.

Normal service was resumed from the restart with Moseley conceding
possession and Exeter attacking through the pack which resulted in a try
under the posts from Kelly.

Moseley's embarrassment was complete with their outgunned pack being
shunted back at a 5 metre scrum with Slade eventually being driven over
for the try. Adam Staniforth's conversion made it 5-48.

Moseley gamely looked for a consolation score which came with the final
passage of play when Ollie Thomas took an offload from Nathan Bressington
to score and add the conversion for a full-time score of 12-48.

Moseley were given a lesson in converting pressure into points by a
ruthless Exeter outfit. The lack of Moseley confidence was shown by an incisive midfield break by Andy Reay midway through the second half. Instead of going for the line, the centre looked for the non-existent support and the chance was lost. This lack of confidence summed up Moseley's season.

Rugby is about having the confidence to play what is in front of you (as
England showed last weekend!!!!) However being beaten week-in, week-out, is
not aiding Moseley on this front.

One hundred per cent effort does not make up the gulf in class, no matter
how hard the players try. One crumb of comfort is the fact that Otley also
lost this weekend 66-8 to Bedford who Moseley beat earlier this season.

It may be that Moseley's future in this division is already in Otley's
hands, however if Moseley can conjure up a win from somewhere and Otley not
make their game in hand count, Moseley survival is definitely possible.














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