Moseley 6 Leeds Tykes 29 - February 25 2007
Moseley – Thomas; Bressington, Binns, Reay, Oduoza; Hayes, Knight; Buxton, Bick, Moran, Arnold, Hadley, Mason, Evans, Rodwell.
Reps: Coles, Lea, Bayliss, Skelding, Hunter, White, Colvin.
Leeds – Welding; Rock, Hepworth, Snyman, Biggs; Hinton, Edwards; Isaacson, Rawlinson, Noon, Hooper, Teale, Dunbar, Lock, Oakley.
Reps: Paul, Parkes, Myall, Schusterman, Raulini, Tuilagi, Hughes.
By David Lawrence, Birmingham Post, Feb 25 2007
Moseley put it down to experience
The stats may point to a paltry return of Ollie Thomas' two penalties and the lack of league points that makes staying in the division an ever tougher prospect.
But there were enough positives to take from this match to think Moseley could still have a say in which division they will be playing next season.
It looked bleak when the Tykes eased into a 17-3 lead with three-quarters of the match still to be played. But some dogged defending and determined running ensured the league leaders had to battle for their points.
Moseley head coach Ian Smith said: "We let ourselves down in a few incidents early on when we conceded a couple of soft tries but the good thing was the players just kept going.
"It was a bit of a concern early on because they didn't have to work too hard for their first two tries — they cut through us so quickly and easily.
"We sorted the problem out quite quickly and effectively but by then the damage had been done.
"There is only so much that coaches can do, at the end of the day the players have to be competitive and I think that's where we have been lacking in a few games. We all have to stand up and be counted and that's what we tried to do today."
Leeds were twice reduced to 14 men — losing a front row to the sin-bin at the end of each half — and it was during these periods that Moseley looked their sharpest.
"There were a few iffy decisions and if they had maybe gone our way then we could have got a lot more out of the game," Smith said. "Sometimes when you play a team like Leeds, with a lot of experienced players, they are very good at discussing certain things with referees out on the pitch. That is all about experience but we are learning and starting to discuss things with officials."
Centre Jonny Hepworth and winger Tom Biggs bagged the early tries with former Moseley colt Leigh Hinton adding the extras along with a penalty. All Moseley had to show was a penalty from Thomas.
Colin Noon's yellow card just before half time lifted the home side who piled on the pressure only to settle for a second Thomas penalty with the final kick of the half.
Another Moseley onslaught followed at the start of the second period but Nathan Bressington failed to hold a pass after darting through while Uche Oduoza could not get the final touch on Paul Knight's clever chip.
There was a lengthy delay when Moseley flanker Mark Evans damaged his knee — an injury that could put him out for a number of weeks — and from the restart Leeds were back in control.
Rhys Oakley and Danny Paul were driven over the line for tries as the visitors claimed their bonus point before another reshuffle in the Tykes pack was needed when hooker James Parkes was sin-binned for an offence that could have seen the Birmingham side awarded a penalty try.
For all their determination in the closing seconds, Leeds stood firm to show just why they are at the top of the pile.
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