1st XV Match Report V Leeds (Away) Sat 18/04/2009 

Match Report

Leeds Carnegie 18  Moseley 23 - Twickenham EDF Trophy Final

April 18th 2009

Leeds: Hinton; Blackett, Vickerman (Hepworth, 56), Barrow (H Paul, 61), Goodridge; Di Bernardo, Bedford (Mathie, 56); MacDonlad (Palo’amo, 37), Rawlinson (Ma’asi, 49), Gomez (MacDonald, 58), Lund, Pendlebury, Clark, Fourie (Myall, 49), Oakley (D Paul, 61).

MOSELEY: Binns (Thomas, 59); Trinder, Adams, Reay, Norton; Roberts, Taylor (Pasqualin 57); Williams N, Caves, Sigley, Muldowney, Stott (D Williams, 57), Mason (Arnold, 68), Bignell, Rodwell. Replacements: Davis, Oselton, Bressington

Referee: L A Geraint-Roberts (Wales).


Scorers: Leeds: Tries - MacDonald, Myall; Cons - Di Bernardo Pens - Di Bernardo (2)

Moseley: Tries - Norton, Binns; Cons - Roberts (2); Pens - Roberts (2); DG - Thomas

Moseley win National Trophy at Twickenham - Birmingham Post
 

Reproduced from the EDF TROPHY WINNERS 2009

SOUVENIR EDITION of Moseley Matters

THANK YOU

After the overwhelming number of messages of congratulation from throughout the rugby fraternity and beyond, the Club issued the following statement:

The Directors, President, Management and Players of Moseley Rugby Club would like to thank most sincerely all those very many people and from many different clubs who have sent congratulations by email and/or posted very kind messages on Message Boards after our Cup win.

Our club has been trying to rebuild itself after the self inflicted traumas of the last decade and we are pleased just to be able to be playing against many traditional rivals and enjoying the company of friends afterwards. The messages of support and gracious congratulations from people within the rugby fraternity and elsewhere are therefore much appreciated”.

THE SIXTEENTH MAN”

“…..with 6 mins to go two THOUSAND subs stepped onto the pitch!” - Anon

……….reflecting upon the fantastic support from Moseley supporters during the final few minutes.

EdF ENERGY NATIONAL TROPHY FINAL

Leeds 18 Moseley 23

Match report from the Rugby Football Union

Moseley FC win EDF Energy National Trophy”

Moseley FC are 2009 EDF Energy National Trophy champions after overcoming National One leaders Leeds Carnegie at Twickenham Stadium. Two converted first half tries by Dan Norton and Andy Binns secured their victory and sent recently promoted Leeds Carnegie home empty handed.

Moseley's Head Coach, Ian Smith said: "I think it's testament to how hard these boys have worked. If I'm perfectly honest I don't think we really thought we'd get the result we did but we had a great defence which was well organised and patient.

Moseley were 3-0 up after five minutes Tristan Roberts making up for missing a 2nd minute penalty after Leeds were penalised for obstructing Jack Adams who was running for the touchline.

Moseley's lead didn't last for long giving away a kickable penalty which Alberto Di Bernardo took full advantage of to keep the scores level 3-3. Some sloppy handling by Leeds Carnegie's Juan Gomez sent Moseley's Norton up field with a solo effort from his own half to kick the ball to the touchline to score under the posts. Roberts converted to put Moseley up 10-3.

Di Bernardo scored his second penalty in the 23rd minute to take Leeds within four points of Moseley on 6-10. But a Moseley lineout resulted in Adams sending Binns in for a try on the half hour and Roberts added the extras to extend their lead to 3-17.

Di Bernardo was unlucky to miss a penalty when the ball just went wide of the posts just before half time when Moseley were penalised for hands in at the ruck and the score remained at 6-17 at the break.

Leeds gifted Moseley another three points early in the second half from the boot of Roberts to take Moseley's score to 20-6. Replacement Ollie Thomas couldn't add to Moseley's lead on the hour with a missed penalty to keep the scores at 6-20.

After some consistent pressure from Leeds they were rewarded in the 67th minute when prop Mike MacDonald powered over but they failed to convert taking the score to 11-20.

A drop goal from Thomas in the 75th minute extended Moseley's lead to 11-23.

But Leeds answered back at full time with a converted try from Kearnan Myall taking the final score to 18-23. - Jessica Chambers

Moseley: 15 A Binns, 14 H Trinder, 13 J Adams, 12 A Reay, 11 D Norton, 10 T Roberts, 9 G Taylor (capt), 1 N Williams, 2 A Caves, 3 T Sigley, 4 A Muldowney, 5 R Stott, 6 N Mason, 7 R Bignell, 8 J Rodwell. Reps: J Pasqualin for Taylor 57, D Williams for R Stott 57, O Thomas for Binns 58, P Arnold for Mason 68.

Leeds Carnegie: 15 L Hinton,14 L Blackett,13 R Vickerman, 12 S Barrow, 11 J Goodridge, 10 A Di Bernardo, 9 J Bedford, 1 M MacDonald (capt), 2 R Rawlinson, 3 J Gomez, 4 E Lund, 5 J Pendlebury, 6 C Clark, 7 H Fourie, 8 R Oakley. Reps: F Pala’amo for MacDonald 45-57, V Ma’asi for Rawlinson 48, K Myall for Fourie 48, D Paul for Oakley 61, S Mathie for Bedford 55, H Paul for Barrow 61, J Hepworth for Vickerman 55.

Referee: Mr Llyr Ap Geraint-Roberts (RFU)

Attendance:

Attend: 9,998 or at 3.00pm our traditional ko time: 49,998. (Well, did you expect any other figures?! –Ed)

Scorers:

Leeds (3) 18 Moseley (17) 23

Tries: MacDonald, Myall Norton, Binns

Con: Di Bernardo Roberts (2)

Pen: Di Bernardo (2) Roberts (2)

DG: Thomas

The match – as it happened

Player Stat Time Score Stat Player

Tristan Roberts Pen 4 3-0

8 3-3 Pen Di Bernardo

Dan Norton Try 17 8-3

Tristan Roberts Con 17 10-3

23 10-6 Pen Di Bernardo

Andy Binns Try 28 15-6

Tristan Roberts Con 28 17-6

Half time 17-6
Tristan Roberts Pen 45 20-6

68 20-11 Try McDonald

Ollie Thomas DG 70 23-11

78 23-16 Try Myall

78 23-18 Con Di Bernardo

Replacements made:

45 (Mins) - Fosi Palaamo ON (Mike McDonald) OFF

48 (Mins) - Viliami Ma'asi ON (Rob Rawlinson) OFF

48 (Mins) - Kearnan Myall ON (Hendre Fourie) OFF

55 (Mins) - John Hepworth ON (Rob Vickerman) OFF

55 (Mins) - Scott Mathie ON (Joe Bedford) OFF

57 (Mins) - Jordi Pasqualin ON (Gareth Taylor) OFF

57 (Mins) - Dan Williams ON (Richard Stott) OFF

58 (Mins) - Oliver Thomas ON (Andy Binns) OFF

61 (Mins) - Henry Paul ON (Scott Barrow) OFF

61 (Mins) - Danny Paul ON (Rhys Oakley) OFF

68 (Mins) - Paul Arnold ON (Neil Mason) OFF

Replacements bench;

Leeds                                                                                 Moseley

Fosi Palaamo                                                   16 George Davis

Viliami Ma'asi                                                   17 Dan Oselton

Kearnan Myall                                                  18 Paul Arnold

Danny Paul                                                      19 Dan Williams

Scott Mathie                                                    20 Jordi Pasqualin

Henry Paul                                                        21 Oliver Thomas

John Hepworth                                                  22 Nathan Bressington

GROWN MEN CRYING”

I saw some of the great wins we had in the 80's but I can honestly say I have never been so proud as today. I'm not ashamed to say that I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye as the team came up to collect the trophy.

The entire playing and management staff were outstanding. The team was magnificent, the tackling monumental. I cannot deny it I had a tear in my eye as they raised the cup. To the entire set up - thank you for a great, great day” – JDS on the Message Board


MOSELEY’S CUP FINAL WINNING SQUAD

As reproduced from the Birmingham Post’s Cup Final Special with the kind permission of Brian Dick:

Nathan Williams
Position: Prop
Age: 25

In his second season at Billesley Common, Williams has built a reputation as one of the best loose heads in National One. His powerful scrummaging is complemented by exquisite handling and a turn of pace that has embarrassed more than a few defenders in the last couple of years.


Adam Caves
Position: Hooker
Age: 26

Caves has come through the Moseley system and like no one else understands how much work has been put in to get the club back into the limelight. The dynamic hooker is having an outstanding season and is one of the leading contenders for player of the year combining his aggressive defence with his excellence at the set-piece.


Terry Sigley
Position:
Prop
Age: 30

Moseley and Sigley seem inexorably attracted to each other. The veteran tighthead is in his third stint with the club and looks set to end his career in the Red and Black. Having also played at Gloucester, Northampton and Sale there are few more experienced front rowers in the division and few possess the enforcing edge Sigley brings to the Mose pack.


Aly Muldowney
Position:
Lock
Age: 25

The discovery of the season, Muldowney came from Stourbridge with a decent but unproven reputation as an athletic and mobile lock. Since then he has put a quiet start and concerns over his conditioning behind him and has become first choice second row with a good-work rate and nose for the line. An outstanding ball-carrier.

Richard Stott
Position: Lock
Age: 30

Stott is nearing a decade of service to Moseley having joined from Gloucester in 2000 and is closing in on 200 appearances. His stay at the club is broken only by a season with rivals Coventry for which he has more than atoned.
The policeman is enjoying another solid campaign for Mose. He remains Moseley's most reliable lineout target despite changes made to the set-piece by the Experimental Law Variations.

Neil Mason
Position: Flanker
Age: 26

Mason is another home-grown product though his skills were fine-tuned at Worcester where he helped the Warriors win the National One title in 2004.
He is producing yet another oustanding season and while discipline remains a constant effort his powerful ball carrying make him indispensible at blindside.

Richie Bignell
Position: Flanker
Age: 22

Moved to Moseley from Bristol in 2006 since when he has made the No 7 shirt his own and provided the side with a nose-over-the-ball openside in the classic mould. He has been virtually ever present this season and - when he's not been trying chip kicks in his own half - he has been a thorn in opposition sides with his ability at the breakdown.

James Rodwell
Position: No 8
Age: 24

“The Thing from Tring” hooked up with Moseley having been spotted playing for Birmingham University and has barely stopped dazzling National One with his searing pace from the back row. He remains as valuable as ever to Moseley but his skills as a broken field runner have seen him called up for England Sevens on a regular basis, usually at times when his club need him.

Gareth Taylor
Position: Scrum Half
Age: 29

Taylor joined Moseley in 2003 and has seen off all-comers in the battle for the No 9 jersey, indeed he is so integrated into what the club is about he has once again emerged as first team captain. The former Nottingham and Bees half back has returned to his consistent best this season after missing an entire campaign with a foot injury and continues to lead by deed and mouth.

Tristan Roberts
Position: Fly Half
Age: 22

One of Moseley's dual registered starlets who has been given the task of keeping the club in National One - and winning the National Trophy - despite limited senior experience with previous club Cinderford. Roberts has played virtually unbroken since the turn of the year and has been both inspiring and inconsistent within the same game. He is, though, a constant threat with his skating runs from outside half.

Dan Norton
Position: Wing
Age: 21

Another dual registered youngster the fleet-footed wing played for Moseley for the first time last season and ended up as their leading try scorer. And he's right back in form again. After a poor start to the season when his defensive deficiencies were exposed he has come into his own once more with a regular supply of tries including two scintillating efforts in the semi final against Exeter.


Andy Reay
Position: Centre
Age: 26

Like Sigley Reay is in his third spell with Mose but until this term had only ever been on loan from Bristol. For the first time in years Moseley have a solution to the troublesome No 12 berth. He has been outstanding this season and seems to have combined a defensive fortitude to his line-breaking prowess. He has also proved a useful foil for younger players inside and outside him.

Jack Adams
Position: Centre
Age: 22

Adams is another dual registered Kingsholm Kiddie but unlike Norton and Roberts he has considerable Premiership experience with Gloucester and it shows when he plays for Moseley. This has been a difficult campaign for Adams who has spent much of his time oscillating between Gloucester, Moseley and the England Sevens set up. He has, however, recently settled into the No 13 shirt at Billesley Common and is improving with every game.


Henry Trinder
Position: Centre/Wing
Age: 20

Trinder belongs to Gloucester and his ascendant star is merely orbiting Moseley for a short while - of that there is no doubt. Even so Moseley should consider themselves fortunate because there is something magical about the youngster.
He has only played ten times of the club this term due to commitments with his Kingsholm paymasters and England Under 20s, but he has scored ten tries.

Andy Binns
Position: Full Back
Age: 32

Wearing the Red and Black at Twickenham will mean more to Andy Binns than any other player. He arrived at The Reddings in 1994 and 15 years and 280 games later he's still a vital part of the first team. His standards have been typically high in what will be his last season. Once more his defensive and kicking work have been as reliable as ever even though tries are becoming ever rarer.

George Davis
Position: Prop
Age: 29

Former Plymouth and Exeter tighthead Davis is almost as experienced as Sigley, the man he has been stuck behind in his first season at Billesley Common.
Sigley's form and a couple of niggling injuries have restricted the electrician to just five starts but he is a crucial part of the squad in an area where there's not much depth.


Dan Oselton
Position: Hooker
Age: 25

The former Darlington, Newcastle and Bedwas hooker move to Birmingham in 2007 and has been Caves' back up ever since making just 16 appearances.
This season has brought a mere two starts as Caves has been the model of consistency but a highlight came against Sedgley Tigers when he finished off an outstanding break by Norton to score his first try for the club.


Paul Arnold
Position: Lock
Age: 28

The much travelled second row seems to have settled at Moseley after playing for Orrell, Sedgley Tigers and Nottingham and moving from Meadow Lane in 2006. Unusually he has not been a regular starter at Billesley Common this season having been used as an impact player off the bench following the emergence of Muldowney. He remains a dynamic ball-carrier, however.


Dan Williams
Position: Lock/Back Row
Age: 20

Williams is dual registered and is developing into a versatile and powerful back-five forward in his first full season with Moseley, which he has marked with an England Under 20s call up in February. He has made nine appearances for Mose this season and started the last two at flanker and most impressively at No 8 against Leeds two weeks ago.

Jordi Pasqualin
Position: Scrum Half
Age: 19

Dual registered Pasqualin has been a regular member of the Moseley squad in his first season in senior rugby and has done sufficiently well to win a call up for England Under 20s. The teenager's smooth service and pace around the fringes complements Taylor's qualities and he has made 17 appearances this term with four starts.

Ollie Thomas
Position: Full Back
Age: 25

Having come through the ranks before leaving there is something of the Prodigal Son scenario about Thomas return to Moseley, albeit on loan from Cornish Pirates until the end of the season. The full back has not had the impact he would have hoped since coming back but he has lost none of the attacking flair that made him a favourite as a youngster.


Nathan Bressington
Position: Wing
Age: 28

Bressington arrived at Moseley via Stourbridge, where he lit up National Two, and Bees, where he didn't, to lead the club in tries for three seasons until Norton broke that run. Tries have not been so bountiful this term although it is difficult to argue that is any fault of Bressington's. His sparkling 60m sprint to open the scoring against Exeter served as a reminder to his potency.

23rd AND 24th MEN:


Richard Vasey
Position:
Fly Half
Age: 24

Vasey move to Moseley last summer after growing impatient with a lack of first team opportunities with his home town club Leeds. He made a brilliant start kicking 15 of his first 16 goal attempts and guiding the club to three wins in their first five matches. Things did not go so smoothly as winter came and he has lost his starting place to Roberts.

Adam Whitney -Position: Flanker - Age: 24

Adam moved from Wales during the summer but the form of man in possession of the no 7 shirt, Ritchie Bignell has kept him out of the starting position for most of the season.

TRAVELLING RESERVES:

Mark Evans (back row), Paul Cox (centre), and Ben Buxton (prop)

PLAYING MANAGEMENT TEAM AT TWICKENHAM

Ian Smith - Position: Head Coach

Don Caskie -Position: Assistant Coach

John Caves - Position: 1st XV Manager

Peter Grimes - Position: Club Doctor

Sarah Cummings - Position: Physiotherapist

Alan Thomas: - Position: Kit man

WHAT THE NATIONAL MEDIA SAID

Times Online, 19 April & EURONEWS 24

“MOSELEY stunned National One champions Leeds Carnegie by winning the EDF Energy National Trophy final 23-18 at Twickenham yesterday.

Leeds, who secured their return to the Guinness Premiership last week, were always behind as first-half tries from Dan Norton and Andy Binns handed Moseley the initiative. Two Tristan Roberts penalties extended the lead before an Ollie Thomas drop goal four minutes from time sealed a famous win”.

Er - (that’s it!)

WHAT THE LOCAL MEDIA DID!

Moseley’s cup final exploits have had massive local media coverage before, during and after our epic victory at Twickenham.

Many thanks to The Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, BBC Midlands, ITV Central, Radio WM, BRMB, Yorkshire Post and others who have given such brilliant exposure to the team’s exploits.

Local Broadcast Media

Broadcast media rejoiced in our victory: The match was broadcast live by Radio WM, including pre-recorded pre-match interviews and live match commentary; local TV stations gave excellent pre-match build-up in the week before the final and BBC Midlands Today broadcast live from Billesley on Monday, 20 April, including match highlights and interviews with President Derek Nutt, captain Gareth Taylor and Man of the Match Adam Caves.

Local Print Media

The local print media coverage has been equally fulsome. There follows a selection of the post-match print media stories:

BROADCAST MEDIA

BBC Sport, 20 April

“Moseley had not played at Twickenham since 1982. …..Moseley won the EDF Energy National Trophy final with a shock victory over National One champions Leeds Carnegie at Twickenham on Saturday.

Dan Norton and Andy Binns both scored first-half tries, with Tristan Roberts converting both and scoring a penalty to give Moseley a 17-6 half-time lead.

Carnegie rallied after the break and captain Mike MacDonald gave them hope with a 67th-minute try. An Ollie Thomas drop goal sealed the win before Kearnan Myall's consolation”.

BBC Sport, Rugby Union, 20 April

Taylor honoured to lift Trophy. Fans played massive part in win”

Taylor said the travelling fans played a massive part in the Trophy win

Moseley captain Gareth Taylor believes the club's EDF Energy National Trophy win was the culmination of years of hard work at Billesley Common. They upset National One champions Leeds Carnegie 23-18 at Twickenham, 27 years on from their last major final.

"It's fantastic, it's taken seven or eight years of hard work to get the club to where it is today," Taylor told BBC WM after lifting the Trophy. "It's great, not just for the team, but for the fans as well."

More than 2,000 Moseley supporters clad in red and black travelled to Twickenham with the club sending 18 coach-loads from their home ground, and Taylor says they made their presence felt.

“Leeds are a full-time team, they're going to be putting us under pressure in the last 20 minutes, but the crowd got us through the last 20 and we managed to come out winning," said the 29-year-old teacher from Solihull. "We just got a couple of tries in front, and that's how it stayed pretty much right until the end when they crossed the line."

BEALIE’S EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION”

John Beale, our beloved outgoing Director of Rugby, was the “expert” summariser on Radio WM's excellent live commentary at Twickenham.

With a few minutes remaining John, showing commendable confidence and “verbal agility”, commented: "I can nearly smell the Cup."

The “Colemanballs” column in Private Eye has taken note! - Ed

WHAT THE LOCAL MIDLANDS MEDIA SAID!

Birmingham Post, 20 April

Moseley win EDF Energy National Trophy at Twickenham”

Gareth Taylor became the first Moseley captain in the club’s 136-year history to lift a trophy at the most famous stadium in rugby – and not find a Gloucesterman hanging on the other side.

When current president Derek Nutt did so in 1982, unfortunately for him Cherry and White skipper Steve Mills was there to help, after the two famous institutions battled each other to a two-hour 12-12 standstill.


Thankfully for Taylor and his wonderful, wonderful team this was no half-measure of a triumph. Moseley were undisputed and deserved winners and whatever the ungracious Neil Back said afterwards about the victors having just one cup final this season set against Leeds’ 35, Taylor need simply point to the scoreboard.

Instead, when the stalwart scrum half dragged himself wearily up the steps to collect the spoils it was another Red and Black hero, Andy Binns, who was there to offer assistance.

Like the John Player Cup, the EDF Energy National Trophy has a pair of handles but unlike the old tin-pot both of them were grasped by hands from Birmingham.

That is not to say there wasn’t a hint of Cherry to the triumph.

A brilliant display from Jack Adams, a typically clinical score from Dan Norton and an excellent effort with the boot from Tristan Roberts laid the foundations for a famous win.

But on top of those foundations were indestructible bricks forged in the furnace of a relegation battle.

While the Moseley backs grabbed all the points, the forwards set up the success with a pugnacious and indomitable performance. They would not be quelled. For a second time in three weeks they matched their full time opponents in the scrum and fought like men possessed in the loose. To name names would be an invidious process.

But let’s do it anyway. Earlier this month, when the sides met in the league at Billesley Common, Leeds gorged themselves on the Moseley lineout and for the fact he helped his team to parity in this area on the highest stage of all, huge credit must go to Adam Caves.

But the hooker not only hit his targets at the set-piece he was also a destructive force in defence and unrelenting in attack, his was a deserved man of the match award.

As he slurped down his well-earned champagne though, he might have wondered whether the bottle could have instead belonged to any other member of his pack. It would have been a brave man who tried to wrestle it from him, however.

The Moseley eight, ten if you include replacements, were the embodiment of a Red and Black force that would not be denied. Not by swaggering Leeds, intoxicated on their own self-satisfaction, not by anybody.

But that unity dissolved a little at the end of a tumultuous afternoon as the difference between supporters, coaches and players, was neatly underlined.

While the Billesley hordes bounced in the stands and their victorious heroes cavorted on the pitch, the men with the brains behind this famous triumph strode about with little more than a satisfied glow.

As happy as they clearly were, Ian Smith and Don Caskie looked as though they had just negotiated a particularly tricky piece of self-assembly furniture rather than led a famous old club to its first piece of silverware in three decades. There was a distinct lack pogo-ing and bear-hugs.

Much of that is down to the fact that if Moseley do not win two of their remaining four league matches, there is a strong chance their newly acquired cup will adorn National Two’s most weighed down trophy cabinet.

But that’s for another day. Moseley must be allowed their time in the sunlight; they must enjoy their moment because days such as these come round so rarely.

To hell and back”

As was said after the outstanding semi final victory over Exeter, this is a club that has been to hell and back twice since it was last in this part of London.

Gloucester were a hated enemy rather than a useful ally. This time Moseley couldn’t have done it without their dual registered starlets. Roberts showed more poise than his infinitely more experienced opposite number Alberto Di Bernardo.

The youngster missed his first goal attempt, a rather optimistic pot-shot from inside his own territory, but was faultless with the four that followed.

The Argentine meanwhile missed twice, the second an inconceivable slice that would have put Leeds within a score with 13 minutes to go.

But while Carnegie’s two second half tries came through brute force, Moseley’s first half strikes were the products of inspiration. With the scores tied at three and a quarter of an hour on the clock, Adams forced Leigh Hinton to fumble, Norton latched on and hacked the ball to the sticks.

The pacy wing beat Jon Goodridge to the ball and strode over as it sat up kindly.

After half an hour Adams broke through once more. Binns trundled up in support and had enough in his old legs to make the line. Roberts’ conversion made it 17-6 at the break.

No one knew it at the time but it would be enough to take the cup to the Common – this time for 12 whole months. - Brian Dick

Sunday Mercury, 19 April

Binns ensures Moseley discard decades of hurt with Twickenham triumph

just as he has done for the last decade-and-a-half”

Stalwart full back Andy Binns scored his third try of the season and led from the back in an outstanding defensive effort that saw the Billesley Boys make up for 27 years of hurt.

Not since 1982 have the Red and Blacks left Twickers with any silverware but they made it absolutely clear they were not going home without it on a sun-baked afternoon in the capital.

Half an hour had passed when the 32-year-old supported a dazzling break by Jack Adams to give his team an advantage they would never lose against a strangely out-of-sorts Leeds outfit. That put the Birmingham Boys 17-6 up following an earlier score from try-machine Dan Norton.

But despite securing the National One title last weekend, Neil Back’s side were not given a chance of making it a double by a Moseley team who are amazingly still threatened with exiting the division via the backdoor.

However, it was impossible to tell which club possessed the multi-million pound squad as Mose tore into their illustrious opponents from first minute to last.

Their first half went like a dream. They knew they would spend long spells without the ball and they did just that.

But apart from a penalty count that was slightly too high they managed to do everything they had planned by slowing down Leeds’ possession and maximising their own.

They had the chance to lead in the second minute when Leeds failed to roll away at a ruck. But Tristan Roberts was well short with an over-ambitious goal attempt from inside his own half and Leeds were able to clear.

They were soon back on the offensive though and a break from Adams led to the first points. The 22-year-old cut away from his man and raced into the 22. Faced by Leigh Hinton he put a grubber kick through but was blocked off by the former Moseley man. That gave Roberts an easier penalty and the young fly half stroked it over for a 3-0 lead.

Mose spent the next 20 minutes working to keep Leeds out, though. Adam Caves did so illegally in the ninth minute when he didn’t roll away on Alberto Di Bernardo and the Argentine picked himself up to boot a simple three points.

Seconds later the Red and Blacks needed heroics on their line as Leeds tried to bundle over a catch-and-drive lineout.

Mose did brilliantly to stem the tide and turn over Hendre Fourie as he looked to cross. That was typical of the efforts they were having to put in. So it was a real surprise when they grabbed the opening try just after the quarter-hour.

Leeds were pouring into the 22 when Hinton coughed the ball and Jack Adams prodded it upfield. Norton pounced and hacked to the Leeds posts. The quicksilver Gloucester man scorched ahead, beat ex-Bees back Jon Goodridge to the final bounce and then accepted it gratefully to coast under the posts. Roberts converted and out of nowhere the Brummies led by 10-3.

Leeds resumed their onslaught straight away though and by the 24th minute had cut the deficit to four. Scott Barrow chipped behind Norton and the wing gathered well but was forced to hold on. Di Bernardo made him pay with his second penalty. But after that Mose edged into the match and began to exert their own pressure.

That told on the half-hour when Adams burst away once more. The Bristol-bound centre scythed through and found veteran Binns on his shoulder in support. The full back took Adams’ pass in stride and had just enough pace to make the line. Roberts improved to make it 17-6.

Di Bernardo should have reduced the arrears near the break after Caves infringed at a ruck but his attempt skewed wide. Although the second half was much more cagey and Mose were unable to break through as they had in the first, they had much more position.

Six minutes in Roberts landed another penalty after Di Bernardo failed to release James Rodwell on the floor. Ollie Thomas missed a much harder effort from the touchline and then Leeds’ Mike MacDonald surged through Andy Reay to score from close range. Incredibly Di Bernardo missed a simple conversion and Moseley stayed two scores clear.

Thomas nicked the momentum with four minutes to go, though, with a sweet drop goal. Kearnan Myall’s late, late try was worth nothing.

Birmingham Mail, 20 April

Twickenham glory for underdogs Moseley”

THE cavernous stands of Twickenham echoed to the sounds of Billesley Common as Moseley triumphed spectacularly in the final of the EDF Energy National Trophy.

Ian Smith’s heroes blew away league champions Leeds Carnegie with a first-half try burst from Dan Norton and Andy Binns and held on with a composed display in the second period.

And for the first time in nearly three decades a corner of rugby’s most famous stadium belonged to the Red and Black army, who travelled down in their thousands and made light of their underdog status – both on the pitch and off it.

But it wasn’t easy and at times it was all hands to the pump as the Birmingham side out-fought and out-thought opponents with a playing budget six times bigger than their own.

Despite Norton and Binns’ heroics they needed a determined rearguard action to keep out Premiership-bound Carnegie, who laid siege to the Mose line for much of the opening period.

Props Nathan Williams and Terry Sigley and back-row forwards Neil Mason and Richie Bignell led the fight but it was hooker Adam Caves who put in a man-of-the-match performance.

The 26-year-old was a force of nature in defence and a willing runner in attack and demonstrated an accuracy in the lineout that gave his team the platform to more than match complacent Carnegie.

But it was also an outstanding team performance. Tristan Roberts and Jack Adams inspired the backline as the young fly-half kicked four of his five goal attempts and the Bristol-bound centre made both tries.

First he forced Leigh Hinton into a fumble that allowed Norton to scoot clear and then he made the break that enabled Binns to mark his 15 years’ service to the club with a glorious try and a cup winners’ medal.


Birmingham Mail, 20 April

We shocked ourselves, admits Moseley's Trophy hero Adam Caves”

Moseley’s glorious cup triumph was a shock not only to the rugby world but to the victors themselves, admitted man-of-the-match Adam Caves. The 26-year-old inspired his team to a remarkable success at Twickenham on Saturday with a superb display that was both passionate and poised.

But even though they were in control of the match from the moment Tristan Roberts opened the scoring with a fifth-minute penalty, no-one could quite believe the perfunctory manner in which Moseley dismissed a team that has romped away with the National One title.

First-half scores from Dan Norton and Andy Binns, both converted by Roberts, gave Ian Smith’s men a 17-6 advantage Leeds never looked capable of breaching. Much of that was down to a hugely committed defensive effort, which was always too much for the league champions to negotiate.

But even after lifting the club’s first senior trophy for 27 years, Caves could barely believe what his team have achieved.

“It is such a shock,” he said. “We worked hard all week and even harder in the game. The last five minutes felt like a third half but we just kept going and I don’t think they could get anywhere in the end.

“It’s a massive confidence boost. People are working for others now, there is great team spirit and morale is good in the camp. It’s not just the 15 lads on the pitch, it’s the bench, the backroom staff. Everybody has worked their socks off to help us get here.”

But Caves accepts that even though Mose already have some silverware in the cabinet, they are still not sure of their place in next season’s Championship. If results above them go according to the formbook they will have to win two of their remaining four matches, if not it could be three – starting at Grove Park on Saturday.

“We are under no illusion that Manchester will want to spoil our party so we have got to carry on with what we left out there in terms of our effort and consistency,” Caves said.


IS BRIAN DICK CLAIRYOYANT?

CJBI on the Message Board on assesses BD’s pre game analysis

Looking back at the Post pull-out from last Thursday, and checking BD's pre match write-up of the squad:

Nathan Williams: "He has a big job neutralising the Leeds scrum ... proved he is up to the job when the sides met a fortnight ago" - check.


Adam Caves: "He will need to have a good day throwing in on Saturday" - check.


Richard Stott: "Assuming Caves can find him and his lifters can get him off the ground Stott could dominate the Twickenham airways" - check.


Tristan Roberts: "His kicking, out of hand and from the floor, will determine how well Mose compete" - check.


Dan Norton: "Carnegie will fear his pace" - check.


Jack Adams: "His job ... will be to release the speedsters outside him. Do it and Mose have a chance ..." - check.


Andy Binns: "All his career needs is a winning cup final try" - check.


Ollie Thomas: "... the supporters would love nothing more than a Thomas try" - Close thing, but the drop-goal will do nicely.
 

Many of the other summaries were also very close to the mark. Can we get him to tell us who will win the Derby, the result of the next General Election and who will be the next Pope now?!!

THE TICKER TICKING!

“It's rumoured that Moseley Director Alan Adam found the last 20 minutes so tense he went walkabout. Of course the extra £8,000 of very welcome funds for the club for winning the Cup had nothing to do with it! – Ed)

WHAT THE LOCAL LEEDS MEDIA SAID!

Yorkshire Post, 18 April

Final misery for Leeds”

Guinness was the drink of choice for Leeds Carnegie players last Sunday, but it was Trophy bitter six days on. Countless cans of the Celtic brew were sunk on the Headingley pitch to mark Leeds' promotion to the top-flight against Newbury last weekend.

But this time around, any champagne to toast a famous double was conspicuous by its absence as the underdogs had their day, just as Leeds famously did against Bath in the Powergen Cup final at the same venue almost four years to the day.

Quite simply, Leeds fluffed their lines horribly. Any bystander watching the sides for the first time would have been bewildered to be told it was the men from Yorkshire who had just been promoted and not a side struggling to stay in National One.

An even bigger mystery was just how Moseley could find themselves at the wrong end of the table after a well-executed and thoroughly deserved victory. Despite plenty of territory, Leeds, by contrast, were predictable and lethargic.

Head coach Neil Back and director of rugby Andy Key have plenty to think about as their thoughts turn to plotting Carnegie’s assault on the Guinness Premiership.

Back made six changes to the starting line-up which took the field in last weekend's title party against Newbury, with South African flanker Hendre Fourie making his first appearance since damaging ankle ligaments against London Welsh in January.

The big surprise saw no place for Tom Biggs, the only player still at the club who started in the famous 20-12 cup win over Bath. Jon Dunbar, on the bench that day, was also omitted, although club captain Rob Rawlinson – the third surviving member of the squad involved – started at hooker. The weight of pressure was undeniably on Carnegie's shoulders.

Sporting their change kit, just as they did in 2005, Carnegie made the first penalty indiscretion early on, but Tristan Roberts' attempt from just inside his own half, fell short.

Moseley showed a willingness to run with ball in hand from the off and their dynamism ensured they drew first blood on five minutes. A flowing move down Carnegie's right saw Leigh Hinton take out Jack Adams in full flight and Roberts slotted over the three-pointer.

Carnegie restored parity thanks to the boot of Alberto Di Bernardo after Moseley were penalised for not releasing. After a sluggish start, the Carnegie juggernaut showed glimpses of clicking into gear with Back's troops' starting to go through the phases up front and enjoy the lion's share of possession.

Fourie went close, but desperate defence and a relieving clearance from free-scoring Dan Norton denied Leeds as the favourites pressed. But the Midlanders stunned Carnegie with a breakaway score on 18 minutes.

Hinton spilled Di Bernardo's pass, with speedster Norton hacking the loose ball forward. The winger then won the race with Jon Goodridge before gathering and diving over the line for the sweetest of scores. Roberts kicked the extras to make it 10-3.

Leeds found a way back on 24 minutes. Norton was penalised for holding on following Scott Barrow's intelligent kick – a rare moment of quality attacking nous from Carnegie in the first-half – and Di Bernando reduced the arrears with a penalty. Virtually all of the polish in the first 40 came from Moseley with Carnegie a pale shadow of the side who had pretty much swept all before them this term.

Moseley made them pay with some slick three-quarter play involving skipper Gareth Taylor, Roberts, Andy Binns and Adams which ended with Bradford-born Binns going over just before the half-hour, Roberts kicking the goal. Few could have begrudged Moseley's 17-6 advantage.

Carnegie spurned the chance to eat into Moseley's lead just before the break, with Di Bernardo off beam with a penalty.

The second-half didn't get much better with Moseley increasing their lead with an early penalty, thanks to the unerring boot of Roberts. Carnegie, despite pressing and throwing caution to the wind, lacked guile and the clear heads all seemed to belong to Moseley.

A flurry of activity from the replacement bench pepped up Leeds with Rob Vickerman's offload close to the line agonisingly finding a red-and-black shirt and not a Carnegie one.

Replacement Scott Mathie was then held up close-in and Fosi Pala'amo was held up, with every piece of relieving defence from the Midland outfit greeted with hearty chants of 'Moseley'.

Carnegie's contingent had precious little to shout about and had to wait until the 68th minute for their team's first try when skipper Mike MacDonald bulldozed over from a few yards out. Di Bernardo missed the kickable goal to keep the score at 20-11 in Moseley's favour.

A grandstand finish never ensured with replacement Ollie Thomas rubbing salt in the wounds for Carnegie landing a 25-metre drop goal. With virtually the last action of the game, Kearnan Myall went over for a consolation score for Carnegie, Di Bernardo kicking the goal. But it was too little, too late for Back's crestfallen troops. - Leon Wobschal

Yorkshire Post, 20 April

Carnegie fail under big-stage spotlight”

Premiership clubs will be licking their lips in anticipation after this insipid performance from the latest team to gain ascension to their elite clique.

Leeds Carnegie, who celebrated the National One title a week ago with a 27th win from 29 matches, turned in one of their worst efforts of the season at the worst possible place to do so as they deservedly lost to Moseley.

Playing at Twickenham in front of Premiership fans and the national media, Andy Key and Neil Back's side had the opportunity to show they would be returning to the top flight with a lot more fight, character and ability than what they departed it with 12 months ago.

What the waiting Premiership clubs witnessed, was a team strangely low on confidence with ball in hand, error-strewn in defence and unable to break down a side high on energy and enthusiasm but low on bulk and brilliance.

Leeds's season does not deserve to be pigeon-holed into this one 80-minute shocker – their promotion is warranted for their physicality and mental superiority – but on the biggest stage of the season when they needed to demonstrate they would be no pushovers next time, they showed none of those attributes.

Moseley took advantage of slack handling in the first half to score two opportunistic tries, the second a flowing five-man move that owed much to their greater dynamism on the day.

Leeds, who have scored 194 tries this season, took 67 minutes to puncture Moseley's marvellous defence, by which time the deficit was insurmountable, even owing to the never-say-die spirit Leeds have demonstrated numerous times this season.

"We are going to have be shrewd where we spend our money," said Back, who faced the first searching questions about Leeds's Premiership survival four months before the season has even started.

The World Cup winner has already recruited two players and continues to scour the Premiership, Super 14, French 14 and the Magners League for experienced bargain-basement buys to bolster his squad but with resources significantly inferior to the 11 teams they will be competing against next season, this performance further underlines the uphill task they face.

"We know we've got a lot of hard work to do but I'm confident we'll get a squad together," he added. "This game had no relevance to next season. It was a cup final, a one-off.

"We've had 34 'cup finals' this season with opponents raising their games. This was Moseley's cup final and full credit to them."

Moseley looked hungrier from the outset with Tristan Roberts booting an early penalty after Leigh Hinton pole axed rampaging centre Jack Adams.

Alberto Di Bernardo levelled the scores but after a super kick to touch from the Argentinean, Leeds coughed-up possession from the lineout, allowing Moseley to escape.

Leeds had snuck into the ascendancy only for it to be ripped from their grasp when Adams got revenge on Hinton by stripping him of possession just outside Moseley's 22.

Adams thumped the ball forward to a scampering Dan Norton, who beat Jon Goodridge in a foot race to score between the posts. Not even another penalty from Di Bernardo could stem the flow as Moseley tore Leeds apart with a stunning second after a mis-tackle in midfield.

Roberts, Gareth Taylor and Andy Reay were all involved before Adams played a reverse pass into the onrushing Andy Binns and the Bradford-born 32-year-old scurried over.

"The game-plan was that if we got enough ball to our strike players we'd have a chance," said Binns, whose side have four games in which to secure their National One survival. "But it was probably our defence that won it for us. Leeds struggled to get over the gain line."

Time and again Leeds were pushed back. Juan Gomez was penalised for holding on when the try line beckoned and Rob Vickerman dropped the ball after a sustained surge.

By that time, another penalty from Roberts had extended Moseley's lead to 14 points. The Gloucester fans who arrived ahead of schedule for their cup final with Cardiff Blues would have been forgiven for thinking it was Moseley who had just won promotion to the Premiership.

By the midway point of the second half, Back had used all his replacements in an attempt to alter the tempo of a game which had deteriorated into a territorial battle as Moseley tried to slow the game down.

Eventually, a try arrived for the Leeds fans to celebrate, captain Mike MacDonald crashing over 13 minutes from time. Di Bernardo missed the relatively routine conversion leaving a two-score deficit to overcome.

The trophy was put out of reach when Ollie Thomas landed a drop goal from 10 metres out and not even Kearnan Myall's try could deny Moseley their moment.

"It would have been fantastic to do the double," lamented Back, a man who has had some memorable days at the home of English rugby, of which this was not one. We played most of the rugby early on but didn't convert our opportunities. We made errors that they capitalised on."

MAGNAMINOUS IN DEFEAT”

Well done to all at Moseley. Thoroughly deserved victory. Great to see so many Moseley fans there who really cared about their team”. - John Bedford (Leeds player Joe Bedford’s Dad)

 REPORTS FROM LEEDS WEBSITE

Leeds Carnegie website, 19 April

Defeat for Leeds Carnegie at Twickenham

Champions Leeds Carnegie suffered a 23-18 defeat to Moseley at Twickenham in the EDF Energy National Trophy Final. Late tries from Mike MacDonald and Kearnan Myall were not enough as the Moseley were able to hang on to a 17-6 half time lead.

Leeds Carnegie returned to the stage of their finest ever victory four years on and with a place in the top flight of English rugby secured. The game was played in bright sunshine as both teams looked to finish their season on a high.

Moseley had the first chance to score when fly half Tristan Roberts attempted a long range penalty from just inside his own half however it fell ten metres short and Leeds were able to clear their lines.

However they did take the lead after four minutes when Roberts was on target from much closer in when Carnegie were penalised for taking out a chasing runner after Jack Adams had broken through in midfield.

Leeds would have expected a whirlwind start from the team who are battling to avoid relegation, however the Champions maintained their composure and good work by the forwards, in particular the returning Hendre Fourie, took them forward and eventually Moseley gave away a penalty within kicking range and Alberto Di Bernardo levelled the score after eight minutes.

Carnegie came close to a try after 10 minutes when Fourie powered for the line from a ruck close in but he was lost control of the ball as he stretched out for the try.

Leeds were growing in the ascendancy however they suffered a sucker punch against the run of play when Leigh Hinton and Juan Gomez combined to spill the ball 25 metres from the Moseley line and winger Dan Norton hacked on before beating Jon Goodridge to the bounce and going over to score between the posts. Roberts added the conversion to make it 10-3 after 18 minutes.

Once again Leeds regrouped and came back at the Midlanders. They nearly created their first try when a clever kick from Scott Barrow caught Moseley unawares and Lee Blackett chased through to harass the defence and earned his side a penalty. Di Bernardo kicked the chance to make the score 10-6 after 24 minutes.

If Moseley's first try had an element of good fortune in it, their second certainly did not as they crafted a well worked try with quick hands and good angles of running. Eventually full back Andy Binns was the man to break the Leeds line and went over for the try from ten metres out. Roberts added the conversion to make it 17-6 after 28 minutes.

Di Bernardo missed the chance to cut the deficit with two minutes remaining when he pulled his penalty attempt wide from just 20 metres out to leave the score 17-6 at the interval.

Moseley extended their lead six minutes into the second half when Roberts added a simple penalty chance from right in front of the posts to make it 20-6.

The Leeds Carnegie coaching staff rang the changes just before the hour mark as they tried to breath life in their side's attempt to find a way back into the match.

It looked like Leeds would get their first try of the game with 15 minutes to go when Vili Ma'asi and Fosi Pala'amo burst down the touchline however, the latter knocked on as he tried to stretch out and score.

Even the chance was not gone as Carnegie shuffed Moseley off their own put in at the scrum and gained a five metre scrum themselves. Eventually the pressure told and skipper Mike MacDonald crashed over from short range. Di Bernardo missed the conversion leaving Carnegie with a mountain to climb in the final 12 minutes.

The result was put beyond doubt with four minutes to go when replacement Oli Thomas kicked a 25 metre drop goal to give the Midlanders a famous victory.

In the last second Kearnan Myall managed to wriggle his way over the line following a powerful run. Di Bernardo's conversion make the final score 23-17 and left Leeds with just the consolation of returning to the Guinness Premiership next season to ease their pain on the long journey home to Yorkshire.

Leeds Carnegie website

Back disappointed to see his side defeated in final”

Leeds Carnegie's Head Coach Neil Back expressed his disappointment at seeing his side lose out to Moseley in the EDF Energy National Trophy final at Twickenham but paid credit to his side for their achievements over the season.

Speaking after the game Back said "I've enjoyed some great days at Twickenham but also some disappointing ones and unfortunately today was one of those. The squad have done fantastically this season and our first priority to was achieve promotion and we have done that. It would have been fantastic to do the double by winning this competition today but it was not to be.

I thought in the early stages we played all the rugby but we did not convert our chances and Moseley did and that was the difference. We made some errors, two critical ones, and Moseley took their opportunities and were able to score from them. Over the season we have been the team that everyone has stepped up their game against and in effect it has been like playing 30-35 cup finals, Moseley have had one Cup final and they one it and that's what it is about.

Over the season our squad have done fantastically well, they have moved on, not only their skill levels but also performance wise. We'll have a good pre season and we know we've got some hard work to do but I'm confident we can build a squad who can help us achieve our aim of consolidating our place in the Premiership and we are looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Leeds Carnegie captain Mike MacDonald spoke of how the team were felt they had let themselves down in the game but said the team still had the desire to go on and finish the season on a high in their final league game, "We are disappointed today and we feel like we have let ourselves down. We knew Moseley would come at us strongly and we were prepared for that but we made too many mistakes and it cost us.

At the end of the day we achieved our first aim which was to win promotion and to win today would have been the icing on the cake but it didn't work out that way. Credit to Moseley, their defence was good and they took their chances well. Next week we will travel to Plymouth and although we have already won promotion the motivation will still be there to put in a good performance as we don't want to finish the season on two defeats.

This season the team have come on so much, we have improved our skills and fitness levels and the addition of some new players over the summer will only improve our squad."

LEAGUE ACHIEVEMENT

Well done Mose, I think I am right in saying that you are the only club so far to beat both Exe and Leeds this season (Donny has a chance next week). Warmest congratulations”. – Exeforever

 “A LIFE IN THE DAY” OF A MOSELEY MAN

The Day that Mose Captured the Cup...

One Moseley man’s reflections on a great, great day in Moseley’s illustrious history:

6.30 am; the clubhouse is full and the bar’s open!

It’s six-thirty and the clubhouse is full. Can’t believe how many Mose supporters are here already. Can’t believe how chirpy they are. Coaches start arriving and getting loaded. Sweet journey down the M40. Hope the match is this trouble-free.

9.45 am; we’re at Twickenham!

It’s only 9.45 and we’re parking up alongside the huge concrete oval of Twickenham. See lots of familiar faces wandering around in the sunshine. Feels good to be part of the Mose army.

11.30: anticipation builds

Anticipation starts building with an hour to kick-off. By kick-off Twickenham seems to have been painted red and black. Great swathes of the West and North stands blocked out in Moseley attire. Below the pitch looks huge. Hope the vaunted Leeds wingers don’t get a free run. The announcer is running through the Moseley team. Huge cheer as each Moseley player is named. This seems surreal seeing Moseley come on to the pitch led by Gareth.

12 noon: The game

Leeds kick off. A super-safe take by Mose. Phew. No nerves there. We win a pen in front of the posts, but back in our own half. We’re taking the kick. Maybe a good choice to give Tristan the feel of the ball and conditions. The kick falls short.

12.03: Adams checked

Minutes into the game Adams is screaming down the wing and chipping over the last line of defence, he’s blatantly blocked and crumples to the ground. Incensed shouts from Mose supporters which are doubled as the big screens show the replay of him being illegally stopped dead.

Could be a card, even a red. Really hope it’s not red, it would ruin the game. Ref gives a telling off and awards a pen. No gimme, but the ball cuts the uprights and Mose are ahead.

12.08: all square

Not for long... Leeds square it with a pen.

12.17 Mose try!

Leeds starting to apply pressure in our half. They spill it and a Mose boot hacks it forward. It’s a replay of recent games as Norton sprints after the ball along with chasing Leeds players and deftly kicks forward.

It’s a one-on-one race and the crowd rise to their feet as one man as Norton kicks to the line, the ball sits up into his arms and he’s over. Mose fans going crazy with arms aloft.

12.20 Hall’s hooter

Can’t believe how well Mose are playing. They look like the Premiership side. Coping brilliantly with any Leeds pressure and looking dangerous themselves. We’re applying pressure again in the far corner. Another score would really lift the roof. Phil Hall’s “Moooooooooseleeeeeeey” soars above the other shouts. Raises a cheer. This feels more like Billesley.

12.28 Binns’s belter!

The ball is moved at pace down the line, Adams running powerfully and “old man” Binns cuts a beautiful line to take the ball and just makes the ten yards to the line. Unbelievable. 15-3; no, 17-3 as the conversion is landed.

Maybe, just maybe...

12.37 Leeds getting rattled

Leeds seem shocked at how well Mose are playing. We deserve to be ahead and they seem to know it. But with the clock edging to half-time, Leeds get a pen. It’s missed and there’s a huge Mose cheer of relief.

12.40 Half time. Heavens, we could win this!

It’s half-time and Waggy and other Mose players applaud the fans as they skip off the pitch. They look as if they really believe.

The Moseley fans are buzzing at half-time. Beforehand the talk was all ‘Hope the lads give a decent account of themselves, don’t get humiliated, enjoy the day’. Now it’s all different. We could win this. It’s all starting to feel much nervier now.

It’s going to be a long second half.

12.55 Second half, Leeds look lost and lonely

Leeds players back on the pitch. They’re spread out and looking lonely. Mose come out and get into a huddle while the Leeds players stand around. Love to know what’s being said in that bonding session. Who cares, they look like a team who will fight for each other, come what may.

Wonder what Neil Back has said to his players at half-time? He can’t be happy. Hope he hasn’t inspired them too much. They look more determined. The Mose tackle count is going up. “Moseley, Moseley” ringing round the ground. Not much sound from the Leeds fans; even that pesky drum doesn’t sound very threatening.

13.00 Mose extend lead!

Mose pressure earns a pen. It’s slotted. 20-6. Leeds need two converted tries just to draw level.

13.05 the tackles keep going in

Leeds only seem to have plan A – hammer down the middle. They’ve got no chance with that. They’re leapt on every time by what looks like a swarm of red and black wasps. No plan B seemingly. Mose keep stopping them in their tracks, knocking them back five yards, picking them up and dumping them. Fantastic.

Huge cheer as a Leeds player on the charge is hit and driven back by Mose tacklers. Even bigger cheer as another is lifted off his feet and marched back unceremoniously. Leeds apply even more pressure. Still fifteen minutes to go. Is that Twickers’ clock faulty? Every minute seems like five.

13.23 Leeds pressure pays

Leeds surge over our line – held up brilliantly. Leeds through again – great Mose defence causes a spill. Leeds drive forward again and they’re through. 20-11 with an easy conversion to come. Mose players behind the posts geeing each other up. Conversion missed. That could be crucial – still two scores needed. Thirteen minutes to go. An age.

13. 25 Moseley’s sixteenth man gets going!

A wall of sound greets every Mose tackle, every hard-won drive forward. And suddenly we’re close up to the Leeds line far out left. It’s us applying some pressure. Leeds concede a pen far out. Ollie given the ball. Struck well but it falls agonisingly short.

Still 20-11, but it’s all eating up time. Mose fans are watching the clock as much as the game. The play is still well in Leeds territory. They can’t do any harm from there.

13. 30 Ollie’s drop goal. Lead extended

Mose pack has a scrum in the middle of the Leeds half. They’re controlling it. Ollie’s positioned. We’ve been here before. Ball passed to Ollie, short, crisp swing of the boot and the ball is sailing through the posts sweet as you like. 23-11.

13.35 fourteen mose man mauls

Leeds need two tries. It should be ours now. No certainty though as Leeds pile forward in desperation. Mose commit fourteen players to the ruck, just a lone winger out wide. They’re controlling it brilliantly. Pick and drive two yards. Protect the ball. Drive another two yards.

13.40 80 minutes up on the clock but…

Mose fans counting down the seconds. Whistle blows. Fans think it’s all over but it’s a Leeds penalty which has to be taken. Leeds need two scores and can’t win but still find a gap (or were they just let through to finish the game). It’s a try under the posts.

Two thousand Mose fans swivel to look at the clock. It is 80 minutes and it matters not. The Mose players are already hugging each other under the posts. Conversion made and ref signals full-time. It’s ours. The cup is ours!

13.50 Brilliant watching the lads getting the trophy

Mose fans in full voice as the presentations are prepared and now Gareth and Binnsy are holding the Cup aloft. “Moseley, EDF Energy National Trophy winners 2009”. Grins on the players’ faces so big the top halves of their heads are in danger of falling off. Mose fans completely hoarse from cheering.

14.00 onwards: the celebrations begin!

Mose fans drift down the tunnels of the stadium. Walking on air as they head into the sunshine. Just a brilliant feeling. Most fans go back to watch the Gloucester-Cardiff game and see a fantastic display of complete rugby from Cardiff. Sadly, little from Gloucester. It’s a relief to admire Cardiff without being emotionally involved and drained.

Some time later: Nutty won’t let go of the Cup!

Then it’s a stroll to the coaches and the Moseley hordes head back to Billesley. The cup travels back in coach number three in the loving grip of Derek Nutt.

A bit after that: Old stalwarts remembered

The EDF tassles on the handles are removed and replaced by black and red silk scarves brought along by someone on the coach. Not just any old scarves, but the ones taken to Twickenham 27 years ago by the late Enid Smallwood. Jean Nutt movingly tells the coach she hopes Enid is smiling down with pride.

Early evening back at Billesley; “website Dave” steals the show!

Back at Billesley the clubhouse is packed and humming; the fans are euphoric with the headiness of triumph rather than beer. And then the cup appears held aloft by ‘Website Dave’ as his son wheels him into the clubhouse. A fantastic cheer goes up and the joy just goes on and on as just about everyone is photographed holding that precious, 18-inch tall bit of metal.

Who cares what time it is now!

Proof for all that “I Was There”. There were two thousand-plus at Twickers. Ten thousand will claim to have been, but those photos are personal proof. What a day!


FULL MOSELEY SUPPORT!

“One supporter's wife went the full hog with the club's colours and selected black and red underwear for the day! (see Message Board quotes)

A LIFE IN THE DAY” OF A LEEDS TYKE

Spare a thought for the Leeds fans who travelled to Twickenham with high expectation and found a fired up Moseley too hot to handle. Nevertheless, in true rugby spirit the Leeds fans were equally as magnanimous in defeat as Exeter’s had been a few weeks before.

Still an awful long journey back to Yorkshire, though, when you’ve had your hopes of silverware dashed. Here’s how one Leeds fan felt about his 19-hour day out at Twickenham in a piece posted on their website.

No Icing on this Cake”

By Martyn Horwell

It was Carole King who wrote the words ‘What shall I write, what can I say?’, and had she been at HQ on Saturday, she would certainly have struggled to put words together to describe Leeds’ performance in the National Trophy final.

It wasn’t even ‘sparrowfart’ when I left our house in the dark, full of optimism of seeing another piece of silverware winging its way back to Headingley. All the signs were good. Crowned ND1 champions the previous week, the heat was off. Team selection had turned a few eyebrows, but surely it was a strong enough team to deliver the goods.

 ….and they’re off!

The convoy of supporters coaches left gate E almost on schedule, and after one or two changes in the race order down the M1 we assembled at the Northampton services, with the excitement mounting, and we compared our entries into the bit of fun known as the prediction league. Nobody got that right.

As we approached Twickers, a few of us on our coach had a guess as to what time Leeds would score their first try. Needless to say nobody was within spitting distance of getting that one right either.

Nose bleed seats! 

It seemed appropriate, given the proximity to Heathrow, that our West Stand seats were at an altitude of 3,000 feet, but, with no other passenger traffic in the vicinity we moved down a few feet to be nearer the pitch. Amazingly, there were hundreds, if not thousands of empty seats around us, yet four Gloucester supporters arrived midway through the first half, and guess what? The seats we had moved to belonged to them. We obligingly moved. They got what they deserved!

The match itself has by now been previewed to death, and dwelling on the events of Saturday may not be too constructive. However, in many respects, many of the shortcomings that have caused concerns among the supporters were there in abundance on Saturday. Players, playing out of position, slow delivery from half back, poor decision making, and terrible execution.

Deserved victory for Moseley

If Saturday’s performance has caused Neil and Andy sleepless nights over contracts for next season, then maybe that is no bad thing. There was no reason whatsoever for Leeds not to win on Saturday, except nobody told Moseley, and they grasped the bull by the horns and were deserving, if surprising, winners.

Subdued return 

The journey home was subdued, although we were amused when a coach full of football supporters who were jumping up and down went past us on the M1. We only realised the extent of their happiness when we discovered they were Barnsley fans ‘celebrating’ a 0 - 0 draw at Reading.

Leeds players return to face the fans

Just after 9.00 we returned to the Long Bar, where most of the players were’ enjoying’ the social evening with the supporters. Most sat with their families, but also they came and said sorry for letting us down.

There were however, three players, who in my opinion showed a complete lack of respect for the club and the fans. They sat isolated from the rest of the group, one had changed into jeans and a jumper, and the other two looked as if they had crawled out of a nightclub at 5am in the morning, with shirts completely undone, and a completely new way of wearing a tie. There is a time and a place for everything, and Saturday night was not it.

19 hours round trip

I eventually arrived home at 11.30, 19 hours after beginning my journey. What started out as a day of tremendous expectation had fallen flat. This week we are on our travels again, this time to Plymouth, and I hope to see a much better display from Leeds. Somehow, I think we may get it.

Please let us hope, for a massive improvement next season, otherwise our fate will be sealed before Christmas, and we will be even more disappointed than we are now. Having said all that, lets not forget, what a wonderful season we have had, it was such a shame we couldn’t put the icing on the cake.

ODE TO DAI AND JOHN

“The ball boy” recalls a trip down Memory Lane

Here is a trip down Memory Lane for those who remember the special day 30 years ago when Moseley as a club was last at Twickenham. On that occasion the outcome wasn’t quite as good. Final score: Moseley 12-15 Leicester Tigers. A match report is on this website – click on history. Jeremy Summers recalls that famous day 30 years ago and how last weekend all those memories flooded back!

Saturday 21st April 1979

John Player Cup Final

Moseley v Leicester Tigers, Twickenham

Some things just linger in the memory until they’re stirred – 30 years later! Here are the thoughts of the ball boy that day 30 years ago.

It was a sunny day at Twickenham. I was, as the Editor still insists on calling me, “the ball boy”. It never occurred to me that we would lose, and yet suddenly it was 15-12 and the game was done.

No need for ice or the physio table for me but it really hurt nevertheless. Listen carefully at Billesley and you can hear people still dissecting how Steve Kenny got over from the base of the scrum.

Scroll forward 30 years. April 18 2009. It was another sunny spring day. Same pitch, new stadium. Reassuringly Nutty and Bealey are there again, but replaced on the park by Rodwell and Mason.

A man of the match performance by Caves, tries by Norton and Binns, composure when it mattered from Adams and Thomas and the rest, as they say, is history.

Reflecting on the intervening years last week, I thought about some of the Moseley folk now gone who would loved to have been at the game, and as it turned out see us finally lift the cup outright.

So many people have contributed so much in so many different ways – Dave and Freda Cathcart, Harry and Enid Hill, Edmund Leach, Nigel Morris, Charles and Enid Smallwood and Peter Woodroofe - just some of the names, and powerful memories, that came back from my youth.

However, two images somehow came to my mind more than most; Dai Jones and John George. Both were unsung heroes in the glory days at The Reddings, and whilst they will not mean much to many now, if you look hard enough you will find their pictures staring out from the clubhouse wall.

Dai was a sometimes erratic, and often grumpy, trainer but he kept the boys running with a toolkit that seemed to comprise no more than a sponge, hot spray, cold spray, liniment and a heat lamp that would be condemned by Health and Safety today.

Then there was John, quiet dependable John, who for years ran the changing rooms and week after week put out the shirts, cut the oranges, ran the baths and found spare studs. That he washed his hair with carbolic soap tells you all you need to know about John.

Unlike the players that they looked after they were not heroes, nor did they aspire to anything even remotely approaching recognition. But they were, undoubtedly, part of the lifeblood of the club that has made it so special.

So I salute you Dai and John and, if there is a great changing room in the sky, hope that you and the other Moseley greats in there with you had as much fun on Saturday as we did on the day. - Jeremy Summers

AND FOR THE REST OF THE LEAGUE CAMPAIGN?

Sunday Mercury, 19 April

Bressington confident Moseley can beat the drop

Wing commander Nathan Bressington has backed Moseley to come out fighting in their battle to beat the drop. The Billesley brigade return to National One action at Manchester next Saturday when they will be looking for their first league victory in a month.

Since beating Exeter they have fallen behind Esher, Plymouth and Rotherham in the Championship chase and will probably need to win three more matches to avoid relegation. And the in-form Bressington insists his team can do exactly that, starting at Grove Park in six days time.

“We have got to fight in every game now,” Bressington says. “When we have got our backs against the wall it seems to bring the best out in us. Ever since we have been in the First Division we have been able to win when we needed it most.

“Waterloo away in our first season is the one that sticks out.We had to go there and win on the final day to stay up and we did just that. Since then we have won important games against Otley and against some of the big teams. We seem to play well under pressure.”

There will certainly be plenty of that on Saturday at a venue where the Red and Blacks were left red-faced on their last visit. That came on the final day of the 2005-06 campaign when Ian Smith’s men had already secured the National Two title and promotion.

They massively under-performed that afternoon and, a side that featured Bressington slipped to a shock 18-15 reverse.

“We put in a really poor performance because we were looking forward to going out at night rather than having our heads on the game,” he recalls. “Going up there this year is going to be the complete opposite – we are fighting for our lives.

“Hopefully we won’t need to but it’s looking like we have got to win three of our remaining matches,” he said. “You have to target games like Manchester and Otley but there will be no complacency. It is a must win game.”

If Mose do reach safety they can turn their attention to what should be an exciting 12-team competition next term. Although, like most of the squad, he has not agreed a new deal yet, Bressington hopes to be part of that process.

“I am looking to stay next season,” he says. “We have had some discussions and we’ll be able to talk more in a few weeks. I’d certainly like to remain at Moseley for a while yet.”

UNSUNG WORKERS

Congrats too to the club and volunteers who did such a great job sorting out transport, tickets, parking, etc. Just brilliant”. - Red ‘n’ Black

CONGRATULATIONS

The messages of congratulations on Moseley’s remarkable triumph have flooded in. In the following pages we give just a selection.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM ………….


….MOSELEY MESSAGE BOAD

Well, what a day. The team was magnificent, the tackling monumental. I cannot deny it I had a tear in my eye as they raised the cup. To entire set up - thank you for a great, great day” - JDS

Listening in Boston I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. Glad I got up at 06:45 on a Saturday for this. Pure Brilliance! Thank you to radio WM for the coverage. The result just made the day!” - Capt Slapdash

Well done Moseley - from supporters to the gaffers at the top - a real team effort. Sadly, I couldn't be there today though the commentary on WM Radio had me hooked”. - Glos with Bristle Overtones

No more to add - outstanding and thoroughly deserved win. Two great tries.....brilliant defence”. - Delighted

What a day, great support! It was like playing with 16! Make sure we all see you when we play Plymouth!!! - Arnie

Yes, there were 15 heroes on the pitch at all times there, with some absolutely stupendous tackling that denied Leeds ground time and time again, plus some fabulous groundwork by our forwards, who held pretty much rock steady in the scrum and even made Leeds look shaky at times.

Nobody will beat Dan Norton in a straight race for the line! Absolutely fitting that Binnsy should get the second try. If he still insists on retiring, he can do so with maximum honour.

Well kicked by Tristan, nice drop from Olly. Overall, we beat Leeds because we played the better game. Their backs didn't seem to have the cutting edge that you imagined they would, and that is because we smothered them before they got far. In the second half we even looked like scoring again, not sure how we didn't quite make it.

Anyway, now to the real business of staying up! See you for the Plymouth game on the 29th”. - CJB1

I turned down an invitation to a friends daughter's wedding - Ana insisted on a weekend in London in a nice hotel - shopping and eating. Cost me a fortune - was it worth it? Of course! Congratulations to all - fans and (especially) the players who were a credit to the club. We must now have the confidence that we can match and beat the best in the league. Concentration needed now to secure our place in the league and then aim for a top 4/6 finish next year? I agree with Arnie - we need all these fans to come to Billesley regularly! See you all at the Plymouth game”. - Gary - ps “Ana has just told me off because I did not say how much she enjoyed the game too!” - Gary

Well, I'm now home wallowing in what I can only call glory. I have always been proud of my city, Birmingham, and my club, Moseley. I've been watching the Red and Blacks for thirty years man and boy. I was there in '82.

I saw some of the great wins we had in the 80's but I can honestly say I have never been so proud as today. I'm not ashamed to say that I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye as the team came up to collect the trophy. The entire playing and management staff were outstanding.

And then to learn that London Welsh had beaten Esher was the most enormous and sumptuous cherry and a huge, moist, delicious cake.

My huge congratulations to all and everyone involved today. There was no luck... it was passion, pride, commitment, determination and no small level of skill. You have made me and many others I'm sure, proud and happy. Now.. go and secure the ten points for the Nat Div One survival that you and the club deserve”. -JDS

Just got back from Twickers. What a superb performance. And I'm a bit hoarse now but I think I was heard around the stadium yelling out the Moseley rally. And I was so, so, pleased for Binnsy when he scored. He will tell his grandkids about that one……… Moseley stated from the kick off that they wanted the trophy and nobody was going to stop them. Well done lads and thank you”.

A class performance lads, well done. Nice touch by Derek Nutt letting the travelling fans get their hands on the cup on coach park. All the best for the run in”. - Neil

Massive massive massive - I feel so proud. What a performance, what a defence, what heart, what support!! Best rugby day of my life - thanks guys”.- Traveller

What a great day out. Fantastic atmosphere; fantastic team performance; fantastic support.

A thoroughly deserved win - Mose wanted it more, tackled ferociously and attacked with skill when they had the chance. Superb team spirit always looked as if it would absorb and repel whatever Leeds could throw at them. Those last fifteen minutes still went awful slowly though..Congrats too to the club and volunteers who did such a great job sorting out transport, tickets, parking, etc. Just brilliant. - Red ‘n’ Black

I have to say what a great, fantastic, superb performance, And that’s just us, the mere mortals who support our Team! To the Coaches and Players absolutely the BEST SPORTING DAY I CAN REMEMBER! You guys gave us everything, when we just expected your best, desire and the will to win takes some beating, and hopefully Leeds will take that into their Premiership Campaign. I am so glad to have been there, let’s not leave it so long next time. The Revival Continues”. - lawto95

Neil - you should have been there when they all got back. Derek gave the cup to website Dave in his wheelchair, and he was suddenly wheeled into the clubhouse holding the cup aloft and spent a couple of hours letting us all hug it and kiss it and take the odd pic or thirty. Well done everybody, on and off the pitch fabulous effort. You made an old man very happy!” - Hogan (Fantastic work Dave Bettis – sorry Website Dave from now on - does for the club too- MM Ed)

On the way down the M40 yesterday at about 08:50, John Humphries on Radio 4 introduced an item where Mose got a mention. The item was about the winning mentality and how Leeds Carnegie were using not only fitness and rugby skills but were working on the psychological side to get the very best out of each and every player.

With the greatest respect to Leeds, who after all have achieved their primary aim of the season, it is not sports psychologists who motivate individuals - it comes from the inside; perhaps the psychologists' job is to help players find it. Rugby, however, is a team game and Mose had the belief, heart, guts and sheer bloody-mindedness to score a magnificent win yesterday against the odds.

Congratulations to all of the players in the 22, but also to those missing through injury or not quite making the cut - you too have played your part in this magnificent victory.

Ian Smith, Don Caskie, Dave Warren, Alan Adam and co. have done an incredible job to get the club to 14:00 yesterday afternoon. The foundations have one more brick to put in place - Championship rugby for 2009/10 (and 8th place should still be the aim!)

The club must now build on the foundations. This squad of players, if it can be held together, can take Mose a long way over the next two seasons. The support was brilliant yesterday and the Leeds drum was silenced! Can you all come to Billesley regularly please? Well done everybody!” - Mark D

One outcome of our reaching this Final has been the interest shown by the local media -we really need that to continue to help pull in new support.

As someone who went to a soccer-playing Grammar School in the early 60's, I can recall that my own conversion to rugby and Moseley was brought about by exposure to 5 Nations matches on TV together with regular Saturday afternoon commentary from the Reddings on Radio Birmingham (as it was then)”. - Sorrento

What a day! Even better than the last time when we shared the Cup. Congratulations to all the players and management, you are a great credit to a club with a long and proud history. In this current bleak time of credit crunch you have given the supporters something priceless.

In the last month this group has demonstrated it has the capability to take on any team in the league. This is a team that can now go forward next season, find some consistence and show everyone what it is capable of”. - GB

The events of yesterday still leave me speechless - and not just from shouting "MOSELEY!! MOSELEY!!" to drown out that pesky drum!”

Moseley tactically out thought and contest-wise out fought Leeds at Twickenham. Two weeks ago I wondered whether we had seen the best from Leeds as they did just enough to win.

Yesterday confirmed that they have a Plan A (passing back inside) and not much else in the pot apart from a bit of brute force. And even then for solid periods we Munster'd them out of the match to deny them opportunities to score. All the composure and class that Moseley possess cannot be bought.

Smithy and Caskie are deserving of just as much praise as every single player donning the red and black hoops for giving us supporters the opportunity to sing the praises of Moseley on the greatest stage. We were hoarse, somewhat tired and emotional at the end, but felt like we were walking on air. That it has taken so long to enjoy such delights isn't an issue, but a repeat performance would be most welcome! Just not in another 27 years eh lads?!?

One final thought - would it be fair to consider that Mose allowing Leeds to score the final points of the match was a charitable act?” - Steve@Mose

Would like to add yet more praise to all the other posts. Took the family for a day out at twickers with them under strict orders not to get carried away - but it didn't last for long - they all got screaming and shouting, despite my advice. A great day and this makes it easier to bring some to the next home match. Thanks to the coaches; all the players; trip organisers; all the vocal supporters; it all came together on a very special day. - Noddy

Yesterday was the most fantastic experience - a day that will deservedly live on for a long time in the memory of everyone who was there. Why? Because Moseley out-played and out-fought a team who seemed to have come along with the idea the Trophy was theirs by right.

With 20 minutes of the game left, Leeds looked like a team who had run out of the few ideas they'd turned up with. Moseley's tackling, support play, intensity and teamwork from start to finish was second-to-none, and it was an absolute joy to see us produce on the biggest of stages the kind of performance the team have always been capable of.

Well done to the team, the coaching staff, and everyone else who's been involved in making this possible. You made my weekend - an Ireland Grand Slam and Moseley silverware in the same year. If only I'd bet £10 on that happening....See you all at the Plymouth game - I may have my voice back by then!” - Steve p

I'd just like to repeat what others have already posted. A very big thank-you to the whole club (players, coaching staff, volunteers etc..,) for getting a team and a sizeable (and vocal) body of supporters to a Twickenham final and winning a major trophy. It was well worth the 04:00hrs departure and the 10hr round-trip - I'm still smiling and keep finding Moseley shirts to wear! Keep believing and we'll be an even greater force next season”. - Westcountry Mose

Thanks to the players, coaches, management and fellow supporters for a truly memorable day yesterday. Watching the last twenty minutes of the match count down on the stadium clock was shear torture!” - Donald

A big thank you to all involved at the club for making our day a special one. The organisation of getting people on coaches and away on time was extremely well done, and all members of staff and all the Moseley men and women behind the scenes deserve a big pat on the back. Thank you one and all”. - jerry atrick

What a day !!! Fantastic journey to Twickers, beautiful weather when we arrive, fantastic stadium and the best Part ...............Fantastic play from Moseley and we win the Cup ! Great day for all fans and of course the players, you did Birmingham proud Well done lads you deserve this. Moseley Rugby club " Champions" has a great ring to it !!! – Miss B

"OMG just off to bed and seen that the wife has put out her clothes ready for the early morning start ,,,very efficient..... but I think that she has taken the RED n BLACK thing too far there is a RED BRA & BLACK KNICKKERS ..... unless she gets the ERICA ROWE feeling only I will ever know ~ COME MOSE !!!!!- Mose born n bread (Is she still wearing them? Ed)
 

CONGRATULATIONS FROM…………

FALLEN GIANTS – GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT.

Leeds fans were genuinely magnanimous in defeat and recognised Mose thoroughly deserved their victory. From their message board:

Congratulations from Leeds on playing a great cup final” - Madtyke

Well done Moseley. The best side on the day won. All the best wishes for the remainder of your season. Hope you manage to secure your place ND1 (Championship) for next season” - Bobba

Well done to all at Moseley. Thoroughly deserved victory. Great to see so many Moseley fans there who really cared about their team”. - John Bedford (Leeds player Joe Bedford’s Dad)

Yes well done Moseley. I have just posted something similar on HMF's thread but we didn’t play at all well today and Moseley did. They deserve their win. Good luck for the future and congratulations! If they play like they did yesterday and against Exe, in their remaining games I’m sure there ND1 status will be secured”. - Tyke93

Let's not take anything away from Moseley, they thoroughly deserved their win.

Their League position defies belief.......Beating the Chiefs in the S/F and us in the Final. They are undoubtedly better than their League position suggests. Many Congratulations to them. I'm sure there's a few hangovers in Moseley this morning”. - Headingley / Roundhay

Yes well done Moseley you did your homework, I bet you watched the Doncaster tape”. - Dragon27

Well done, Moseley. Your lads were really up for it and deserved the win. best of luck” - Merry

Well done Mose, I'm glad we didn't snatch it from you with that performance - it would have been a very hollow victory. Had a cracking day out, so it all came good in the end! - Hendo

I heartedly agree that all that Moseley achieved yesterday was tremendous. No doubt that we were dire - it is a day I want to forget and move on”. - Baaartman

Congratulations Moseley a very well deserved win. Speaking to a few supporters after the game, who didn’t gloat in victory but wished us every success in the GP.

They are a good team and deserve to stay in this league, I wish the players and supporters alike the very best and Good Luck for the future. - Tartan Tyke

CONGRATULATIONS FROM EXETER

“DEFEATED OPPONENTS – MAGNANIMOUS IN PRAISE”

Exeter fans – despite our victory over them a few weeks back effectively ending their season – were also delighted for us:

They should be renames Wasps, come on strong at end of season, and end up winning a trophy. Well Done Moseley” - Chalan

Congratulations. At least we can now say that we lost to the Cup winners! - A senior Exeter man

Well done Moseley, if I am right the only side to beat both Exe and Leeds this season (so far, Donny fans!!) and to do it in the semi and final of the cup is even more impressive”. - Exeforever

Cracking result for Moseley. very pleased for them” - Chiefswatcher

Great result, well done Moseley hope you enjoyed your day” - Chief caps

Totally deserved yesterday they were the better team and were leading 11 23 when Leeds scored with the last play of the game. they probably had more then double the Leeds fans and made some noise. Well done!” - Chief in exile

Could be a practice run for next season! Come 8th, bring in some new/loan players, do well in the play offs and win the po final. Could be a practice run for next season! Come 8th, bring in some new/loan players, do well in the play offs and win the po final”. - 3 wheels on my wagon (Well almost magnanimous! – Ed)

Well done Moseley. Great result” - Orangechief

They were better side by far and made much more noise”. - TEE HEE HEE

CONGRATULATIONS FROM……..

THE WIDER RUGBY FRATERNITY

The club has received amazing levels of congrats from fans across the rugby fraternity. We might be rivals on the pitch, but there has been real warmth in their recognition of the team’s fantastic achievement. A cliché, but the spirit of rugby is the winner. Here are just a few from the National League One message board and elsewhere:

Is this a wind up?????? Seriously??? BLOOMIN WELL DONE!!! Made my day!

- Wonderbison

Well done Moseley. Great result. I bet you lot got well pissed on Saturday night! - A senior Bedford Committee man (who shall be nameless!)

Many congratulations to Moseley on winning the EDF Trophy. We can rightfully say now that we lost to the winners in the Cup!” - Mike Berry, President Bridgewater and Albion RFC

Phenomenal” – Bill Greenhalgh, Toronto Scottish RFC

Well done Mose! A performance so good it deserves two threads! -The DeepEnd

Well done Moseley for a remarkable win”. –Jez (from BEES)

Fantastic result - well done Mose!!!!! - Nottmrugbymad

This is from a couple of Northampton Saints fans who won tickets for the finals...well done you guys! You played to your strengths, brilliant support from the fans and a well deserved win. You guys were some of the best fans we met last season and Jimmy and I were rooting for you (even though we were in the West Stand Surrounded by Yorkies)”. - Chris

Congratulations to everyone at Moseley!!!!! Don't you know you've just provided the answer to a future Question of Sport question!! - Barford Blue (What was the question? - Ed

Well done to all at Moseley. Hope this is the shape of things to come for all of you”. – Covmick

Well done Mose, sounds like you were really up for it and we didn't turn up. Hope you go on to secure your league status too”. - Albert Fishwick

Fantastic result! Well done Moseley” - Handsintheruck

Was at the game today supporting Moseley. Congratulations to the team, thought you were fantastic. Leeds really need to recruit heavily to stand a chance of avoiding relegation next season”. - Die hard blue

Well done Mose, I think I am right in saying that you are the only club so far to beat both Exe and Leeds this season (Donny has a chance next week). Warmest congratulations”. - Exeforever

Excellent result. Shows that the entire league is competitive and not just the top few”. - Camquin

Well done indeed to Moseley. Isn’t it curious that based on your current League position the RFU think you are not entitled to be playing in the second tier of English rugby next season? Having outplayed a club already promoted to the top flight it further demonstrates the ridiculous nature of the league restructuring”. - Adoctor

Great result Moseley. Lifted me up when I heard about it, and made the work bearable!” - Oddballs

Yes, well done. Your team was certainly up for it and deserved to win”.- Blues Tog

Well done Moseley. Many Congratulations. Good luck in your quest to stay up. Just so long as it's not at Albion's expense”. - Cornish Chief

 
 

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