Sedgley Tigers 16 Moseley 6 - April 5th 2008
SEDGLEY PARK: Riley; DeVenter, Briers, Burrell, Hall (Craig, 62); Jones, Leck; Halsall (Gazzola, 67), Roddam (Roberts, 68), Du Plessis, Fourie (Norris, 70), Townson, Crous, Newton, Skurr.
MOSELEY: Binns; Sharples, Adams, Cox (James, 49), Bressington (Norton, 45); MacDonald (Lewis, 70), Taylor; Williams (Buxton, 74), McMillan (Caves, 5), Forster, Atkinson, Stott (Arnold, 52), Mason, Bignell, Rodwell (Evans, 52).
come up short against Tigers
Up against a side fighting for their First Division lives, Moseley always knew they would be in for a tough time in Manchester and they were not disappointed.
The fact that they were handed a one-man advantage as early as the second minute and couldn't make the most of it in the face of an aggressive home defence proved to head coach Ian Smith that his side were simply not up for the challenge.
"They were stimulated to get a result more than we were; we were not prepared to put the hard work in," he said. "We made some poor decisions going uphill and against the wind, so I was not surprised we did not make the most of the extra man; the first half was wasted.
"The second half, with the wind and slope in our favour, should have been all about field position and pressure, but we could not sustain either for long enough."
Against 14 men, Mose switched their point of attack from flank to flank in order to create a gap to exploit but despite the promptings of skipper Neil Mason, they simply could not stretch the Sedgley defence enough to make the powerplay count.
The home side then had a chance to take the lead on five minutes, but fly half Phil Jones' penalty kick was wide. With the sin-binned Juan Crous returned to the fray, Sedgley began to force Moseley on to the back foot and, unable to make headway with the ball in hand, they were forced to kick.
On 20 minutes, Sedgley won lineout ball and used possession well, firing it along the back-line to Luther Burrell who stepped his way through the Moseley line before offloading to Matt Riley, who cantered to the posts to give Jones the easiest of conversions and Sedgley led 10-0.
Apart from a storming break down the right from winger Charlie Sharples, Moseley had little to show for their efforts, huffing and puffing to little effect as a second successful Jones penalty made it 13-0.
In reply, Moseley's lateral game plan continued to prove ineffective. With the wind behind them in the second half, Moseley looked more interested but not before Jones' boot, two minutes after the restart, made it 16-0.
Ali James was introduced and looked at first as if he might have the pace and poise to outwit the home defence, but they soon worked him out and closed him down.
Unable to turn possession into tries, Moseley decided to kick for goal and Greg MacDonald's 30-metre effort sailed over on 45 minutes.
He was on target a second time but then missed after good counter-rucking had forced the Sedgley pack into committing another misdemeanour.
The longer the game went on, the more the Tigers looked likely to score again and it was only a desperate defensive effort that kept Moseley in the game. Ultimately, Sedgley's hunger proved greater than Moseley's, who will be disappointed with this effort.
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