WATERLOO: Murchie, Loader (Nutt, 70),
Payne, Sliczney, Van De Venter; Davies (Monro, 56), Broxson (Erskine, 56);
O’Keefe, Ince (Jones, 78), Hopgood (Hall, 57), Brandling-Harris, O’Donnell,
Planchant, Palmer, McKay.
Replacements: Blythe, Smith.
MOSELEY: Thomas, Bressington, Binns,
Reay, Winter; Hayes, Hunter; Buxton, Caves, Bayliss, Arnold, Stott (Knight),
Mason, Bignell, Rodwell, (Skelding, 80).
Replacements: Coles, Bick, O’Leary, Evans,
Waterloo 20 - 33 (10 - 26)
Tries: Payne, Hopgood
Moseley Tries: Bressington 2, Rodwell
Pens: Thomas 4
Cons: Thomas 3
WATERLOO 20 MOSELEY 33 Moseley safe as duo scrap to clinch win
From SAM LEE for Sunday Mercury
OLLIE Thomas and Nathan Bressington were
the heroes as Moseley scrapped and battled their way to National One
survival at Blundellsands yesterday.
Fly-half Thomas landed four penalties and two conversions while Bressington
went over for two tries – the first of a brilliant individual effort – as
Moseley racked up the victory to ensure they avoided joining Waterloo in
National Two next season.
Otley, who lost 12-10 at home to London Welsh, are the second club relegated
but for a while it looked so different.
Exchanges Waterloo, enjoying the sunshine and their last match in National
One, had Moseley on the rack for the opening exchanges.
A penalty to Waterloo in the third minute resulted in a catch and drive in
the corner and the ball was then spun wide to reach centre and skipper
Freeman Payne who cut through the defence to go over in the clear.
Fly-half Alex Davis converted and suddenly Moseley were staring at
Thomas had a chance to cut the arrears in the seventh minute with a penalty
for crossing on halfway but pulled it wide. A minute later he cut the
deficit to 7-3 with a penalty.
In the 12th minute the touch judge spotted an infringement in the ruck and
Thomas made it 7-6.
Moseley were starting to exert some control and in the 23rd minute a high
tackle gave Thomas a penalty just inside the Waterloo half. He kicked the
visitors into the lead.
Five minutes later Bressington picked up a pass on the wing inside his own
22, kicked on past his opposite number Jan Van De Venter, collected the
bouncing ball and side-stepped fullback Peter Murchie to go in under the
posts, leaving Thomas with an easy conversion to make it 16-7.
Ten minutes later a sweeping move resulted in the ball being moved from left
to right where Bressington cut inside, side stepped the defence and went
over by the posts. Thomas converted to make it 23-7. Davis and Thomas
exchange penalties 26-10 at half time.
The second half opened much like the first with Moseley hesitant and
Waterloo determined to put on a show. Davis landed a low, hard penalty which
just scraped over with 44 minutes gone and in the 50th minute a poor Moseley
clearance gave Waterloo a catch and drive 15 metres out. Prop Martin O’Keefe
duly obliged by being forced over. When Davis landed the con- version for
26-20 Moseley nerves were jangling.
A minute later Thomas missed a simple penalty by his standards.
Five minutes later, though, the referee awarded Moseley a penalty for
Waterloo coming in round the side which was duly dropped in the corner and a
catch and drive saw prop Neil Bayliss forced over, Thomas converting.
Waterloo had a sweeping move across the backs but the final pass vanished
into the second row of the stands.
It was the only real scare for Moseley in an error-strewn final quarter but
the cheers of the travelling Moseley fans could probably have been heard at
Billesley Common when the final whistle went.