1st XV Match Report V Sedgley Tigers (Away) Sat 17/02/2007 

Match Report

Sedgley Tigers 40 Moseley 24 - February 17th 2007


Sedgley – Riley, Jope, Briers, Voortman (Duffy 71), Craig, M Jones, Leck (J Albinson 71); Gazzola, Roddam (M Jones 56), Du Plessis, Fourie, Norris (Lloyd 76) Newton, Ponton, Skurr.

Replacements (not used): Roberts, Evans, Livesey.

Moseley – Thomas, Colvin, Binns, Buckley (Cox 65), Oduoza, Hayes, Hunter; Buxton, Caves (Bick 65), Bayliss (Coles 79), Arnold, Skelding (Hadley 51), Mason, Bignell (Evans 51), Rodwell (White 79).

Scorers - :

Sedgley Park – tries: Newton, Skurr, Voortman, Jope; conversions: Jones (4); penalties: Jones (4).

Yellow card Jimmy Ponton.

Moseley – tries: Evans, Knight; conversion: Thomas; penalties: Thomas (4).

Yellow card Richard Bignall


Sunday Mercury

This was the ideal opportunity for Moseley to climb out of the relegation zone with Otley and Waterloo engaged in rearranged cup fixtures.

But defeat in Manchester leaves the Red and Blacks firmly rooted in the drop zone – made worse by the fact London Welsh gained two bonus points from their defeat at home to Rotherham.

Yet it all started so brightly. With both sides keen not to make mistakes the first quarter took the form of a kicking duel, with Moseley’s prolific boot-man Ollie Thomas and Sedgley’s Phil Jones swapping penalties.

The net result saw Moseley ease into a 9-6 lead on 23 minutes. But then Thomas went from hero to zero in one fell swoop.

He failed to deal with a punt downfield and his error was pounced upon by Adam Newton who scooped the ball up and sprinted to the line to give Jones the easiest of conversions to make it 13-9 to the Tigers.

With eight minutes of the half remaining Thomas atoned for his mistake and cut the deficit to one point with his fourth penalty, but it was rubbed out by Jones who banged over his third to make it 16-12 to Sedgley at half-time.

With all to play for Moseley should have emerged for the second half in buoyant mood, but within minutes flanker Richard Bignall was yellowcarded for stopping a Sedgley rolling ball illegally and the home side took full advantage.

Number eight Jon Skurr picked up from the base of a five-metre scrum to dive over, with Jones’s goal making it 23-12 to Sedgley.

Moseley were then pushed off the ball on their own put-in at a scrum and Skurr fed centre Ian Voortman, who claimed Sedgley’s third touchdown with Jones adding the extras.

A prolonged period of play saw Moseley stretch the home side before replacement Mark Evans got on the end of a catch-and-drive to claim Moseley’s first try of the afternoon.

But unable to improve events, another expansive Sedgley move wing Ledua Jope then extended the Tigers’ lead with try number four, which also claimed the bonus point.

However, Moseley’s spirit showed once more when replacement Paul Knight went over for the side’s second try, this time goaled by Thomas.

They were then handed the advantage when Sedgley skipper Jimmy Ponton was yellow-carded. But despite strong running and Tommy Hayes constantly switching the angle of attack, Moseley could not find a way through.

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