Moseley 34 Coventry 12 - September 13 2008
MOSELEY: Binns; Sharples (Roberts 76), Adams,
Reay, Bressington (Norton 40); Vasey, Taylor (Pasqualin 54); Williams
(Sigley 66), Caves (Oselton 76), Sigley (Davis 49), Arnold (Atkinson 59),
Stott (Evans 66), Mason, Bignell, Rodwell.
COVENTRY: Russell; Parry, McLean, Winter, Slater; Dorrian, Walls; Maddocks, Whitehead (Pearl 52), Dugard, Herrington, Walton (Burgess 62), Millar, Clayton (Bell 59), McGlone. Replacements Brits, Whitehall, Dixon, Montague
Referee: Mr Adrian Hartwell (RFU)
SCORERS:Moseley - Tries: Sharples (2), Arnold, Rodwell. Conversions: Vasey (4). Penalties: - Vasey (2)
Coventry: Tries - Winter, Maddocks. Conversion McLean
CHARLIE'S THE MOSE DARLIN'
Sharples double sends Coventry packing
MAGNIFICENT Moseley put on a four-star display to down their local rivals and claim their ?rst home win and ?rst try bonus of the season.
Two scores from Charlie Sharples and one each for Paul Arnold and James Rodwell, ensured is was the hosts who earned the bragging rights with a sparkling first-half display.
It took Ian Smith's men a quarter of an hour to open the scoring but once they did they spent the rest of the opening period scything their way through the visitors' defence and compiling a barely believable 27-0 half time lead.
Although Cov took the game to their hosts after the restart and grabbed tries through Ollie Winter – against his old team and Dai Maddocks, it was Moseley who had the final word when James Rodwell barged his way to the all important fourth score deep into injury time.
Both sides were unrecognisable from the teams who played last weekend.
Even though Mose won at Newbury a week yesterday they turned in a comparatively poor performance while Cov were quite outstanding in beating Cornish Pirates.
The roles were reversed here even though it was the Blue and Whites who should have opened the scoring when makeshift wing Tom Slater was dragged into touch by Sharples when a more polished finisher might have crept in at the flag.
Mose's Nathan Bressington was denied by a last ditch Ben Russell tackle after ten minutes but Coventry's relief was shortlived. A Paul Arnold off-load to Rodwell in midfield created room on the outside for Jack Adams to sear down the sideline.
The Gloucester centre drew the last man
and looped a pass inside for Sharples to stroll over. Richard Vasey's
conversion accounted for the first two of his 14 total points.
Moseley make most of aggression-free Coventry defence -