Rotherham Titans 11 Moseley 13 - February 16th 2008
ROTHERHAM: Claassens, Grissing, Allen, Lawson, Griffiths, Lennard, Hallam (Scully, 69), Corsar (O'Donnell, 52), Conroy, Bunting, Dunlop, McGowan, Jacobsz, Cochrane, McComish
MOSELEY: Bressington (Hayes, 66), Sharples, Binns, Trueman, Norton, Stenhouse, Taylor, Williams, McMillan, Sigley, Arnold (Pendlebury, 56), Tuohy, Mason, Bignell, Rodwell .
Moseley - Tries: Norton Penalties:Stenhouse 2 Conversions:Stenhouse
Referee: Martin Fox (RFU)
Moseley started badly, conceding a penalty in the second minute kicked by Titans' fly half, former Worcester Academy player, Jamie Lennard. They gradually shifted through the gears though, and following a series of transgressions at ruck and maul by the home side they forced a line-out deep inside the Rotherham 22. The defending side repelled the first catch and drive only by coming in at the side, and the second resulted in a yellow card, which could have been aimed at any one of about four Titans' forwards, with flanker Neil Cochrane the unfortunate recipient. From the third the ball was spun out along the line and when centre Gary Trueman took out two players by stepping off his right foot, he was able to give winger Dan Norton space in which to beat his man, which he did with consummate ease.
This try was converted by outside half Neil Stenhouse, and it seemed that the floodgates might open. A mistake at the re-start, though, led to another penalty kicked by Lennard, and within two minutes, on his return to the fray, Cochrane was driven over for a Rotherham try after some sloppy Moseley defending. Crucially Lennard was to miss the conversion, and it was two penalties either side of the half-time interval kicked by Stenhouse which decided the match in Moseley's favour.
Apart from a ten-minute spell when James Rodwell was sin-binned for killing the ball at a ruck, during the second period the Billesley Common outfit had a massive advantage, in territory and possession. Their play lacked any fluency though, and with both sides making elementary mistakes, the skill levels on show had both sets of coaches scratching their heads at the end.
Binns, with good reason, was contented afterwards however. "This is the third game on the trot where we have won by two points", he said. "Last year we would have probably lost all three, but what our supporters want and deserve is a winning team, and we would always rather win ugly than lose". This year Moseley have become a difficult side to beat when on their travels, and they should now be able to aim with some confidence at a top-half finish in the League.
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