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.
BATTERED MOSELEY HIT BY 10
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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