1st XV Match Report V Northampton Saints (Away) Sat 15/09/2007 

Match Report

Northampton 68 Moseley 12 - September 15th 2007


Northampton Spencer; Diggin, Reihana (capt), Downey, Visser (Ashton 60mins); Everitt (Kydd 60mins), Howard (Robinson 40mins); Emms, Ward (Gray 69mins), Stewart (Budgen 64mins), Short (Lord 60mins), Rae, Tupai (Stewart 76mins), Lewitt (Easter 60mins), Hopley.
Moseley Binns; Bressington, James, Adams, Foster; Jones, Hunter; Williams (Buxton 40mins), Caves (McMillan 40mins), Forster (Bayliss 40mins), Arnold, Stott (Atkinson 56mins), Mason (capt), Uzoigwe, Lightowler (Evans 56mins).
Northampton Saints Tries: Everitt, Visser, Diggin, Lewitt, Ward (2), Hopley, Reihana, Robinson, Ashton; Cons: Everitt (6), Reihana (3).
Moseley Tries: Bressington, Foster; Con: Jones.
Red cards:
Emms (80mins)
Bayliss (80mins)
Yellow cards:
Foster (27mins)
Budgen (74mins)

From JOSH BALL - Sunday Mercury Sport

NORTHAMPTON 68 MOSELEY 12 NORTHAMPTON Saints ran in 10 tries against Moseley in a bad-tempered game at Franklins Gardens.

Both sides had a man sent off, and Moseley's Richard Stott was knocked out as the game threatened to descend into an unseemly scrap.

Moseley prop Neil Bayliss and his opposite number Simon Emms were dismissed for fighting, and that is unlikely to be the end of the matter.

Stott's assailant went unseen and unpunished, but the fact that the Moseley lock was knocked unconscious will bring repercussions.

There was never any doubt that Ian Smith's men were going to come off second best in this game, but they would have at least hoped to give a good account of themselves.

Headache Any chance of that happening was gone as early as the second minute, and all that Smith's side can take out of this performance is that the margin of defeat wasn't greater.

The only thing that Stott, the Moseley lock, is likely to have taken out of the afternoon is a serious headache.

There will be very few positives for Moseley following this game; their lineout failed to function, they couldn't live with the power or the pace of their opponents, and the tackling left a lot to be desired.

"I think today just makes us aware of where we are," said Smith.

"Last season we worked hard to remain in this division, we've had two pretty good results, although probably haven't performed the basics very well.

"We've still had two good wins, and I think today it brought home where we need to work."

The game as a contest was all over by half time, as Saints ran in five tries and restricted their visitors to just one, from Nathan Bressington.

It took the home side just two minutes to take the lead, and once in front they never looked like losing it.

For Moseley the manner in which they conceded the first try, summed up their entire performance.

They lost a lineout inside Saints' half, the ball was moved quickly up field, and then Everitt skipped through several tackles to touch down under the posts.

Moseley briefly managed to keep up with Northampton, primarily because the Saints blew several scoring chances, once when Paul Diggin was pulled up just short, and again when they got over confident and missed several overlaps.

Moseley made Saints pay for their profligacy when Nathan Bressington finished off a fine move in the corner, but Matthew Jones missed the conversion and a two-point gap was as close as they got.

Things got worse for Moseley when Mark Foster was sent to the sin bin for tackling Diggin in the air mid way through the half.

By that time the home side had already added a second through Tim Visser, and only a last gasp tackle from Jack Adams prevented Northamptonpulling further ahead.

In truth Northampton didn't play particularly well, they seemed over confident at times, and some sloppy play from Carlos Spencer cost them two tries in the first half alone.

Moseley though couldn't live with the host's pace and power, and as the first half drew to a close there were tries for Diggin, Ben Lewin, the flanker, and Dave Ward, the hooker.

Respectable In the second half any thoughts Moseley might have had of at least making the score line respectable faded as tries for Mark Hopley, Ward and Bruce Reihana took Saints past the 50 point mark.

Moseley did at least cross the line once more through Jack Foster, but it mattered little.

As the game wound down there was still time for Northampton to add to their tally, Mark Robinson, on as a second half replacement, ran the ball in from his own 22, and Chris Ashton completed the victory in the last minute.

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