1st XV Match Report V Esher (Home) Sat 26/04/2008 

Match Report

Moseley 50 Eher 14  - April 26 2008


MOSELEY:  Winter, Sharples (Norton, 64), Adams, James (Cox, 61), Bressington, Hayes, Taylor (Lewis, 50), Williams, Caves (Oselton, 62), Buxton (Forster, 40), Arnold, Stott, Atkinson (Mason, 50), Bignell, Rodwell (Evans, 59).

ESHER: Flockhart, Amesbury, Barbini, Baumberg (Clouston, 59), Briggs (Slemen 59), Hallett, Barr (Barnes, 72), Cormack, Goldsmith (Dewes, 50), Pearson (Warren, 32), Butterworth (Tubasei, 16), Barker, Gaynor, Starling (Yellowlees, 59), Blakeburn.

SCORERS: Moseley tries: Bressington (2), Adams (2), Sharples, Lewis, Norton, penalty try; conversions: Hayes (5).

Esher tries: Barr, Cormack; conversions: Hallett (2).


Billesley romp secures a top ten position
Sunday Mercury

MAGNIFICENT Moseley might have taken a while to get going but made up for that with an eight-try display to sign off in style with the first 50-point score of the season. Moseley's poor home form looked like continuing as they lost their own scrum from the off with Esher looking far the brighter of the two sides. A sloppy knock on in their own 22 put them under more pressure and from the scrum Esher worked the ball left where centre Charles Baumberg broke two tackles and found fly half Graham Barr who went over on the left. Moseley at last started to retain some possession with a break from centre Ali James, and with Moseley playing with more purpose a try was not long in coming as the ball was worked left and wing Nathan Bressington broke clear to go over with fly half Tommy Hayes landing the conversion.

Any thoughts that Moseley had weathered the storm though were dispelled in the 17th minute when the Moseley defence forced Esher into touch inside the 22 but Esher won the lineout and drove over prop and skipper Duncan Cormack with Hallett making it 14-7.

Moseley were still not playing fluid rugby but were making enough breaks through midfield to offer some hope and a long pass from Hayes created an overlap for Charlie Sharples to go over in the corner for an unconverted try in the 25th minute.

Moseley started with more purpose with the wind at their backs in the second half and a break by Richard Bignall on 45 minutes almost saw Moseley take the lead.

A big push by the Moseley pack over ran Esher and a knock on from their rapidly reversing scrum gave Moseley a scrum five metres out. When the scrum was collapsed with the Moseley pack in full flight, a penalty try was the only outcome and Hayes made it 19-14.

It had taken a long time in coming but Moseley were now starting to motor.

Danger A penalty for tripping saw a kick into the corner and Esher did well to hold the drive and an Esher penalty moved them briefly out of danger.

But a fourth try was not long in coming though and on the hour a loose ball found full back Ollie Winter coming into the line out on the left 35 metres out. He was pulled down five metres short but replacement scrum half David Lewis was on hand to grab a fourth and a bonus point.

From the restart it got better when Winter again made a break, found Bressington and he drew the defence to set centre Jack Adams free and Hayes had at last found his range.

With 69 minutes gone a loose pass from Esher went into touch midway in their own half, Moseley won the lineout, worked the ball right and Adams picked up his second with Hayes on target again.

On 73 minutes it was turning into a rout. Paul Arnold powered his way through from halfway and as Esher managed to surround him with enough men to tackle him he off-loaded to Bressington who went over for Hayes to make it 45-14 and leave the crowd calling for 50.

The call was answered two minutes into injury time when replacement wing Dan Norton went over and to add to the carnival atmosphere skipper Neil Mason tried his hand with the conversion. It was not even close but no one cared as Moseley ended their season with a top ten finish.

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