Under 13 Match Report V Wolverhampton (Home) Sun 12/10/2014
Moseley u13s 12 vs Wolverhampton 74
Moseley playing off a squad of 26 players won the toss and kicked the game off on a fog bound pitch. Wolverhampton took possession and immediately drove forward into Moseley territory. Moseley held them up and managed to win possession back from the maul and were then themselves held up by strong tacking from the opposition just within the Wolverhampton half. Moseley earned a scrum down but lost possession from the put in. After some strong rucking and interplay with the backs, Wolverhampton were able to find an opening in the Moseley defence and ran the ball down the wing to eventually score between the posts. A simple conversion kick gave the visitors 0-7 lead on the 4 minute mark.
From the re-start Moseley won a scrum for a knock on and were able to hold on to possession for sustained periods with strong forward play against a solid Wolverhampton defence, eventually winning a penalty which Alfie deftly kicked into touch for a Moseley put in. Wolverhampton were penalised again for having too many players in the line and Moseley made ground again with solid forward play testing the Wolverhampton lines. The defence held up and Wolverhampton won the turnover from a loose ball, they quickly gained the advantage, with Moseley defending deep, Wolverhampton were able to advance at pace punching through the Moseley defence to score off a long range run up the middle making the score 0-12. Wolverhampton then added another 2 points from the conversion 0-14.
Moseley once again put Wolverhampton under pressure from the re-start, with strong rucking and mauling by the forwards and good distribution into the backs. However after a period of sustained possession, Wolverhampton were able to win back the ball from a scrum within their own half and run through the Moseley defence for a try between the posts . The conversion was missed making the score 0-19.
Moseley struggled to contain Wolverhampton's speed on the break and the visitors were able to run in another couple of tries to make the score 0-31 at the half time whistle.
Both teams made changes at half time with Moseley bringing on a new back line. With the fog now lifted Wolverhampton resumed their grip on the game putting in a quick try from the kick off which was converted, increasing their score to 0-38.
Wolverhampton gained possession from strong scrummaging soon after the re-start and held possession forcing Moseley to defend on their try line. Despite strong tacking from Moseley Wolverhampton were able to find a gap and push over into the corner for a try. With the conversion missed Wolverhampton extended the lead to 0-43.
Moseley were not beaten yet and with determined effort Moseley were able to contain a sustained Wolverhampton attack and drive the visitors back into their own half with Moseley winning a penalty which was kicked into touch 10m off the Wolverhampton line for Moseley throw in. From the line out, Jamie delivered the ball long over the back of the line which was collected by Tom B. who ran through into the corner to score. Moseley came close to scoring the conversation from a difficult angle, however the home team were now off the mark with a well deserved try! 5-43.
Wolverhampton were to prove too strong for the home team and were able to dominate the remainder of the half running in a further 5 tries, adding 3 conversions. However despite tiring legs, Moseley's spirit and determination shone through and the home team had the final word with excellent support play by the Moseley pack allowing Ben to run in Moseley's second try of the game from a quick penalty. With a successful conversion the scores finished at 12-74.
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