Leeds Carnegie 51 Moseley 20 - November 23rd 2008
LEEDS: Goodridge; Welding, Hepworth, H Paul (Barrow, 60), Blackett; Di Bernardo, Bedford (Mathie, 69); Pala’amo (McGee, 49), Nilsen (Freer, 60), Gomez, Lund, Pendlebury (Murphy 60), D Paul (Fourie, 40), Clark, Oakley. Replacement: Hinton.
Scorers Moseley Tries: Bressington, Evans Penalties: Thomas 2 Conversions: Thomas 2
Moseley take comfort from defeat.
Moseley lost 53-20 to table-topping Leeds Carnegie, but can take some comfort from their defeat. Their 20 points is more than any other visiting team has managed at Headingley this season, and even more creditable given they were missing some first team members through injury and unavailability.
Leeds power play enabled them to run in eight tries – four in each half – but Moseley managed two themselves through winger Nathan Bressington and back row Mark Evans, and came close to further tries through pressure close to Leeds line. Only three other teams have managed two tries against Leeds this season. Ollie Thomas converted both Moseley’s tries and added two penalties.
Moseley’s cause wasn’t helped by having to play the half the match without captain Neil Mason after a first-half yellow card, followed by a red card dismissal for a second yellow card in the 53rd minute.
Moseley have slipped to 11th in the table, which will be the final survival position at the end of the season when the current 16-strong League is reduced to 12. However, they have retained their 11-point cushion above 12 th placed Esher.
On Friday evening Moseley face another tough match away to sixth-placed Bedford.
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