1st XV Match Report V Coventry (h) Sat 13/09/2008 

Match Report

Moseley 34 Coventry 12 - September 13 2008


MOSELEY: Binns; Sharples (Roberts 76), Adams, Reay, Bressington (Norton 40); Vasey, Taylor (Pasqualin 54); Williams (Sigley 66), Caves (Oselton 76), Sigley (Davis 49), Arnold (Atkinson 59), Stott (Evans 66), Mason, Bignell, Rodwell.

COVENTRY: Russell; Parry, McLean, Winter, Slater; Dorrian, Walls; Maddocks, Whitehead (Pearl 52), Dugard, Herrington, Walton (Burgess 62), Millar, Clayton (Bell 59), McGlone. Replacements Brits, Whitehall, Dixon, Montague

Referee: Mr Adrian Hartwell (RFU)

SCORERS: Moseley - Tries: Sharples (2), Arnold, Rodwell. Conversions: Vasey (4). Penalties: - Vasey (2)

Coventry: Tries - Winter, Maddocks. Conversion McLean

Sunday Mercury

Sharples double sends Coventry packing

MAGNIFICENT Moseley put on a four-star display to down their local rivals and claim their ?rst home win and ?rst try bonus of the season.

Two scores from Charlie Sharples and one each for Paul Arnold and James Rodwell, ensured is was the hosts who earned the bragging rights with a sparkling first-half display.

It took Ian Smith's men a quarter of an hour to open the scoring but once they did they spent the rest of the opening period scything their way through the visitors' defence and compiling a barely believable 27-0 half time lead.

Although Cov took the game to their hosts after the restart and grabbed tries through Ollie Winter against his old team and Dai Maddocks, it was Moseley who had the final word when James Rodwell barged his way to the all important fourth score deep into injury time.

Both sides were unrecognisable from the teams who played last weekend.

Even though Mose won at Newbury a week yesterday they turned in a comparatively poor performance while Cov were quite outstanding in beating Cornish Pirates.

The roles were reversed here even though it was the Blue and Whites who should have opened the scoring when makeshift wing Tom Slater was dragged into touch by Sharples when a more polished finisher might have crept in at the flag.

Mose's Nathan Bressington was denied by a last ditch Ben Russell tackle after ten minutes but Coventry's relief was shortlived. A Paul Arnold off-load to Rodwell in midfield created room on the outside for Jack Adams to sear down the sideline.

The Gloucester centre drew the last man and looped a pass inside for Sharples to stroll over. Richard Vasey's conversion accounted for the first two of his 14 total points.

Three minutes later and with Phil Maynard's side losing possession and discipline at every turn, Arnold snaffled a Chris Whitehead throw at the back of a lineout and won a penalty that Vasey thumped imperiously through the posts.

Although his first miss in a Moseley shirt came in the 25th minute, after Laurie McGlone knocked on deliberately, he was back on target a few seconds later when he improved Arnold's touch down.

Prop Nathan Williams looked more like his mercurial compatriot Shane Williams, as he jinked through the Cov rearguard to pin the Butts Park side back on their own line.

That created the close-range ruck from which Arnold plunged over.

Things got even worse for them on the half hour when Jamie Millar was sinbinned for a late hit on Sharples. Vasey caressed over another three-points and the lead was at 20.

Cov's only chance of the half came with four minutes remaining as Adams failed to release on the ground but Ronnie McLean, last week's match-winner against the Pirates, was wide.

To complete their visitors' misery McLean allowed Andy Reay to slip away from him and the inside centre found Sharples roaring up on to his shoulder. The wing had the momentum to get under the posts giving Vasey the simplest of conversions.

Although they were pushed back to their own line the Birmingham side kept their opponents at bay with 14 men after Terry Sigley was yellow carded for playing the ball on the floor.

Captain Neil Mason led the rearguard action until the hour mark when Winter slipped down the wing and managed to regain his feet following Adams taptackle.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for the threequarter who was released by Mose in the summer.

Maddocks burrowed over with 11 to go and Cov would have moved to within touch of a loss bonus had Ben Russell's try not been ruled out for a forward pass.

Just as they did in the first, Mose had the final word in the second when their pack took one against the head and Rodwell bashed over.

Moseley make most of aggression-free Coventry defence - Birmingham Post


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