1st XV Match Report V Exeter Chiefs (Away) Sat 05/01/2008 

Match Report

Exeter 35 Moseley 14 - January 5th 2008


EXETER CHIEFS: Marsden, Luff, M Fatiolofa (A Fatiolofa, 67), Kelly, Drauniniu, Gray (Yapp, 75), Stuart-Smith, Kingsland (Dunlea, 78), Blythe, Sturgess (Horn-Smith, 67), Stevenson (Bentley, 69), Hanks, Slade, Miller, Johnson (Willis, 41)

MOSELEY: Norton, Sharples, Adams, Cox, James, Stenhouse, Lewis, Dickinson (N Williams, 59), McMillan, Sigley, Arnold (Evans, 69), Tuohy (Stott, 59), Mason (D Williams, 78), Atkinson, Rodwell.

SCORERS: Exeter tries: Miller, Luff (3), Marsden; conversions: Gray 4, Yapp.

Moseley tries: Mason, Rodwell; conversions: Stenhouse (2).

Luff runs in hat-trick for full-time Exeter
Sunday Mercury

WITH a second game inside two weeks against a top-ofthe-table side, Moseley found this a bridge too far.

They were beaten by five tries to two in a match which was a lot closer than the score line suggests.

Before the game they had to cope with a late change to the line up when flyer Nathan Bressington pulled out with overnight sickness resulting a reshuffle on the backline.

Moseley got off to the worst possible start when, at the kick-off they failed to secure possession, conceding the turnover to Chiefs.

From the ensuing scrummage the Exeter back-row moved the ball to the blind side and flanker Andy Miller touched down wide-out for a try which was converted by former Bristol fly-half Danny Gray.

Only one minute on and the red and blacks were seven points down. They then regrouped and pressurised their fully professional opponents during the next 20 minutes, but then lost the ball when attacking the Exeter line, leading to a try from fully 70-yards by wing Jason Luff. Again Danny Gray added the extra points with a conversion as he was to do with the other Exeter tries in the second half.

Pressure Despite Moseley playing into a stiffish wind, debutant fly-half Neil Stenhouse managed on several occasions to kick his side to safety, although under pressure from the influential Exeter scrum-half Clive Stuart-Smith, he mis-touched which led to some furious counter attacks from the Devon side.

The second-half started similarly to the first with Moseley instantly under pressure, although this time they did not wilt and gradually worked their way forward through some individual forays in which number eight James Rodwell was prominent. It was thus against the run of play when Luff scored his second try.

Again this came from a turnover in the Exeter 22, when a kick-ahead was gathered and the resulting counter-attack led to a score under the posts.

The game continued to be very competitive with the Billesley Common side dominating the scrummage and eventually it was this dominance which resulted in a five metre line-out from which captain Neil Mason was driven over for a try.

Stenhouse converted and Moseley seemed to be back in with a chance of a bonus point.

Within five minutes however, Luff completed his hat-trick after a contentious penalty was signalled by the touch-judge. Exeter kicked to the corner and when the drive-over was rebuffed the ball came out and the Chiefs combined cleverly to create the opening which gave them the four try bonus.

Exeter had a cutting edge which was hurting the Birmingham side and with 10 minutes to go a clever cross-field kick by Gray was gathered by full-back Sean Marsden who ran in from halfway.

The last word however, belonged to Moseley who again drove through the forwards for Rodwell to get the five points, with Stenhouse again adding the extras.

Despite the defeat coach Ian Smith was not despondent.

"We have had the two hardest fixtures in this league on successive weekends, although today we have probably not performed to our best," he said. "There were however a number of plus points which we can take into the fixtures ahead."


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