MOSELEY: Thomas; Bressington, Binns,
Buckley, Aston; Hayes, Knight; Buxton, Caves, Bayliss, Arnold, Skelding,
Evans, Bignall, Rodwell. Replacements on : Coles, Bick, Hunter,
Replacements: not used: Moran, Hadley,
WATERLOO: Nutt; Kerfoot, Murchie,
Payne, Broxson; Monro, Erskine; O’Keefe, Tyms, Prescott, Tchakoute,
Townsend, Cross, Palmer, McKay. Replacements: Davies, Smith, Hopgood, Ince,
Blyth, O’Donnell Loader
Referee: T Beddow (RFU).
Moseley 12 - Waterloo 20 (7
Moseley Tries: Caves, Thomas
Waterloo Tries: Palmer, Payne
Pens: Monro 2
Cons: Monro 2
SHOCKER FOR SMITH’S BOYS - Sloppy Moseley humiliated by lowly Loo
MOSELEY 12 WATERLOO 20 IF anyone at Moseley thought they would ease clear of
relegation after last week’s win at London Welsh they were put right by a
humiliating home defeat to bottom side Waterloo.
That the Birmingham side failed to take even a loss bonus from a match they
would have expected to win merely hints that a winter of discontent lies
ahead as does a long hard fight against an immediate return to National Two.
While conditions meant Waterloo did not put in a vintage performance, the
display turned in by Ian Smith’s men was desperate, error-strewn and
ill-disciplined. The result was probably fair.
But what an anti-climax. Moseley were seeking a third win in four games and
to build up momentum at a decisive period in their season.
The victory at Old Deer Park was their third of the campaign and, had they
beaten a team that was shut-out 44-0 on their own pitch last time out, they
could have gone into next week’s derby with Pertemps Bees with real
But that will be a commodity in short supply at Billesley Common now and
suddenly that match at Sharmans Cross Road and the following week’s visit
from Otley must be won. The Exiles’ victory over Otley dumps Moseley back
into the drop zone.
Supremacy The hosts spent the opening exchanges camped in enemy territory
but were unable to take advantage of their positional supremacy.
Moseley invariably came up with a botched line-out, a knock-on or a turnover
to waste a promising platform.
On the quarter-hour Waterloo came up with an opportunistic try. Moseley were
attempting to run the ball out of their own half when poor protection at a
ruck allowed Dan Palmer to kick towards the home line. That seemed to catch
Moseley off-guard and the openside won the race to touchdown despite Red and
Black claims that he had started from an offside position.
Fly-half Ander Monro converted and eight mintues later Moseley were
penalised for a deliberate knock-on as Chad Erskine was attempting to
recycle possession. Monro’s regulation kick made it 10-0.
After half an hour Moseley stole a line-out in midfield, battered their way
down the left wing and spread play to Nathan Bressington.
The winger got round the outside of the ’Loo defence but was downed just
short although Peter Murchie infringed at the breakdown and was
With their man advantage Moseley claimed a line-out, saw their first drive
repelled and regrouped to smuggle Adam Caves across the line. Ollie Thomas
Monro made it 13-7 on 42 minutes before Thomas took a flat pass from James
Rodwell and beat three defenders to weave his way over from 30 metres. He
missed the conversion.
The hosts conceded a sloppy score as Freeman Payne charged down Tommy Hayes’
clearance and dotted down. Monro converted.
Moseley sink into mire
(Birmingham Post ) By Brian Dick at Billesley Common
While games against Waterloo have never been easy, one that Moseley were
reliant on being a home banker not only turned into a soggy nightmare but
may well have done irreparable damage to their hopes of staying in National
London Welsh’s victory over Otley dumped Moseley back into the First
Division relegation zone and means appointments with both clubs at Billesley
Common in the coming weeks assume massive significance.
But what state will Ian Smith’s men be in by then? They finished this
encounter looking mentally fatigued — there can be no other explanation for
the manner in which they allowed limited opponents to leave the Midlands
with anything other than a spanking.
Waterloo may have been bad but Moseley were ten times worse, so poor in fact
that it is difficult to recall more a wretched display during Smith’s
two-and-a-half year reign.
As they usually are down Windy Alley, conditions were difficult. The pitch
was heavy and unrelenting rain meant the ball was greasy and impossible to
master. It was the sort of day when possession was a poisoned chalice.
So why, please tell, did the hosts try and throw it about like kids on a
sunny day? While Waterloo did what was required — and arguably all they
could — by keeping it tight and scavenging off errors, Moseley tried to
outflank their opponents from first phase.
They managed to get down the side on one occasion — in the first half when a
couple of charges up the middle created space for Nathan Bressington to get
round the corner.
Although the wing was pulled down just short, his break ensured Peter
Murchie was sin binned and created the platform from which Adam Caves was
driven over. That made it 10-7 to the Merseysiders.
Even then Moseley did not learn the lesson that defenders have to be
centrally committed before space appears further out and, for that, much of
the blame must go to the half backs who — in fitting with their team’s
effort — produced probably their worst displays in Red and Black.
Moseley weren’t only poor in the loose, however, they were pretty desperate
at set-pieces too. They were always going to be under pressure in the scrum
and so on reflection there should not be too many recriminations in that
But the lineout, both defensively and offensively, was shambolic. They
failed to compete with the Waterloo throw in and tapped too much of their
own. Paul Knight could not have enjoyed his afternoon clearing up that sort
Smith, the head coach, hopes it proves a lost battle in a wider successful
war: “There is a lot of rugby left,” Smith said. “It may be the kick up the
backside that this group of players need.
“Suddenly they can see just why they have to focus and that they are
vulnerable. I am hoping that this performance will bring things to a head
and make them realise we are fighting for our future.” One of Smith’s major
gripes is that Thursday’s team run went better than anyone dared dream. It
seems when they play unopposed Moseley can beat anyone.
“We have got to bring that into a Saturday. For the last four games the
performances have not been up to standard. Perhaps there is an expectation
that because we train well it will just happen on game day.” It started off
OK. Early territorial dominance was wasted by a succession of handling
errors, lost lineouts and turnovers.
It was a major surprise, therefore, when Waterloo actually took the lead in
virtually their first visit to enemy territory.
Even then they didn’t actually have the ball and it was only when it
squirted out of a ruck set up by James Aston that openside Dan Palmer hacked
The flanker won the race to the touch down too but Moseley’s suspicion that
he had come from an offside position appear vindicated.
Ander Monro landed the first of his four successful kicks.
The second came after 23 minutes from a penalty and it was half-an-hour
before Caves got his team on to the scoreboard.
An important goal-line stand at the end of the first period ensured it was
the Blundellsands men who went into the interval with the advantage.
Soon after the restart Monro made it 13-7 only for Ollie Thomas to slip free
and weave 40 yards to the line. It was a superb piece of individualism but
his missed conversion kept Waterloo ahead.
Then four minutes before the end Tommy Hayes had his clearance charged down
and recovered by Freeman Payne and Monro’s extras deprived the hosts a loss
bonus. It was probably appropriate because Moseley’s performance deserved no