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,
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)
Tries: Skelding, Thomas.
Tries: Hanks 2, Breeze, Luff, Kelly, Slade
Pens: Yapp 2
Cons: Yapp 5, Staniforth
embarrassed by ruthless Exeter
By Keith Bracey
With 34 points on the board by half-time Exeter had secured all of
points in this one-sided game with 40 minutes to go.
Two James Hanks tries, the first after 2 minutes, and tries by Jason
full-back Ben Breeze with 14 points from former Worcester fly-half
Yapp, had given the visitors the cushion which meant that the
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
out following excellent handling skills by the big lock, unimproved
Normal service was resumed from the restart with Moseley conceding
possession and Exeter attacking through the pack which resulted in a
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
for the try. Adam Staniforth's conversion made it 5-48.
Moseley gamely looked for a consolation score which came with the
passage of play when Ollie Thomas took an offload from Nathan
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
England showed last weekend!!!!) However being beaten week-in,
not aiding Moseley on this front.
One hundred per cent effort does not make up the gulf in class, no
how hard the players try. One crumb of comfort is the fact that
lost this weekend 66-8 to Bedford who Moseley beat earlier this
It may be that Moseley's future in this division is already in
hands, however if Moseley can conjure up a win from somewhere and
make their game in hand count, Moseley survival is definitely