MOSELEY 43 LAUNCESTON 12
With "just" a bonus point win
needed to be crowned ND2 Champions, Moseley turned on the style with a 43 - 12
blitzing of 4th placed Launceston.
Moseley: Andy Binns, Nathan Bressington, Daren O'Leary, Andy Reay, Carl Colvin, Greg MacDonald, Gareth Taylor, Paul Coles, Adam Caves, Neil Bayliss, Alex Hadley, Richard Stott, Mark Evans, Neil Mason, James Rodwell
Subs: Ben Buxton, Dean Bick, Charlie Daniell, Oliver Thomas
Launceston: Peter Murchie, Nigel Simpson, Mark Sweeney, Steve Perry, Marc Dibble, Stuart Alred, Richard John, Adam Flide, Gareth. Davies, Ian Langbridge, John Griffths, Dave Kimberley, Josh Lord, Steve Dyer, Stuart Williams
Subs: Dave Risdon, Dave Simms, Nicholas Burnett, Andy Birkett
18:00 min - Try, Carl Colvin, (Moseley)
18:00 min - Conversion, Greg MacDonald, (Moseley)
21:00 min - Try, Marc Dibble, (Launceston)
29:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
29:00 min - Conversion, Greg MacDonald, (Moseley)
34:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
34:00 min - Conversion, Greg MacDonald, (Moseley)
41:00 min - Try, James Rodwell, (Moseley)
41:00 min - Conversion, Greg MacDonald, (Moseley)
48:00 min - Try, Carl Colvin, (Moseley)
53:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
75:00 min - Try, Richard John, (Launceston)
75:00 min - Conversion, Richard John, (Launceston)
78:00 min - Try, Daren O'Leary, (Moseley)
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
Bressington stars in seven-try Billesley blitz - Sunday Mercury
AFTER 133 years in existence, two decades in the professional era and three seasons in National Two marvellous Moseley can finally call themselves league champions. And what a way to do it. The brilliant Birmingham side assumed their crown in regal fashion with a scintillating seven-try stroll in the Billesley Common sunshine. After a slow start they dismantled the Cornish All Blacks with a hat-trick by wing Nathan Bressington, giving him 20 league tries for the season and a club record, in as good a performance as they have put on this season.
It was also their final home game of the campaign and the win completed a perfect baker’s dozen — 13 wins from 13 matches on their own turf. That took them clear of Waterloo in second place and secured their first league crown. They needed a bonus-point victory and had the first of their five points secured before the first half was over.
The hosts dominated the opening period but it took them a while to convert their supremacy into points as they squandered several promising positions with a string of errors. Moseley spent all of the first ten minutes camped in opposition territory but missed line-outs and conceded penalties meant they were unable to take the lead.
They had to wait until the midway point until the visitors’ defence cracked as an Andy Binns grubber kick caused mayhem. Launceston knocked the ball back over their line and as scrum-half Richard John went to clear he fumbled under pressure. Wing Carl Colvin came from the opposite sideline to win the race to touchdown. Greg Macdonald’s imperious conversion opened up a lead his side would never lose.
For a brief moment it looked as though their guests might not have read the script as they responded with a wellworked try. Openside Steve Dyer bashed through two tackles and created space to exploit down the Moseley left flank. Stuart Alred threw the ball wide to Marc Sweeney who gave Marc Dibble the room to skid in at the corner. Alred’s conversion attempt failed.
At 7-5 it looked as though the game would develop into a real contest but the champions had other ideas.
On the half-hour the superb Andy Binns made a half-break and off-loaded under pressure for Bressington to stretch over for his first score. Macdonald improved once more.
The wing stretched the advantage on 36 minutes when Binns again cracked the opposition defence and gave Bressington his second from 25 metres.
Then, with the half drawing to a close, Moseley won a scrum five metres out from which No 8 James Rodwell surged his way over. Macdonald added his fourth consecutive conversion for an interval lead of 28-5. The championship had been claimed.
The Cornishmen came into the match a little more but never seriously threatened. Colvin snatched his second score on 48 minutes, evading three tacklers and sliding in by the corner flag.
The next try, on 54 minutes, was the best. Rodwell took a quick tap on his ten-metre line, found Mark Evans and the blindside drew the cover before giving Bressington 50 metres of fresh air.
Alred capitalised on a bouncing ball and sped half the length of the pitch, converting himself. But on this day the final word had to go to the champions.
Evans outpaced his marker, Gareth Taylor sustained the move and Daren O’Leary rounded off another sparkling counter-attack.
Moseley 25 23 0 2 770 397 19 111
2 Waterloo 25 21 2 2 767 350 17 105
3 Esher 25 17 1 7 684 392 16 86
4 Launceston 25 15 2 8 550 510 7 71
5 Wharfedale 25 11 4 10 506 535 12 64
6 Manchester 25 12 2 11 457 528 8 60
7 Barking 25 11 1 13 443 484 10 56
8 Redruth 25 10 1 14 415 461 9 51
9 Stourbridge 25 10 1 14 426 572 7 49
10 Henley 25 9 0 16 455 510 12 48
11 Halifax 25 9 1 15 449 553 9 47
12 Blackheath 25 9 0 16 465 601 11 47
13 Harrogate 25 5 1 19 461 627 17 39
14 Orrell 25 5 0 20 369 697 6 26
Referee: Steve Lambert
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