Moseley 21 Nottingham 8 - March 8th 2008
Moseley Colts took on and beat Nottingham Academy for the second time this season on Saturday in very pleasant spring-like conditions at Billesley Common. Oops my mistake, the game kicked off as the Billesley breeze picked a pace that the players could not match and resulted in a game, which ended with neither team being quite satisfied with.
The Colts had not played together for a couple of weeks, due to not progressing in the National Cup and the County u20s games being played, and the rustiness was quite evident from the start. If the players had chosen better decision-making they would have blown Nottingham away quicker than the Billesley breeze!
A pleasing aspect of the game was the continuing development of James Weaver playing in the front row. His scrummaging is improving rapidly and his ball carrying was a feature of the first half with a fantastic taken try when he bounced a defender off quite a distance. Must be due to his body fat score from the other week! When James learns to carry the ball in both hands he will be even more effective!
The was also the welcome sight of Kasser Sadiq making his first appearance for the colts this season due to school commitments and injuries. In addition, the looks to be an interesting battle beginning for the starting number nine shirt. Peter Shaw has arrived from New Zealand and when he gains more confidence and gets in the faces of the opposition better (he is very laid back, not!) he will put pressure on Stuart Doust and Ian Lyons to boss the forwards.
The first half showed that the Colts intended to ignore the pre-match game plan and go wide at every opportunity and not go forward. This resulted in some dubious decision-making, which the forwards contributed to by not bothering to clear out rucks. If the colts wish to make amends in the remaining cup competition they will have to learn and take responsibility for their actions as competition for places is hotting up again. Rob Beddard made his first home start for the Colts and joins Will Caesar, Mike Willets and Sam Lewis in the battle for the hooker’s shirt. What a choice! Half time came with the score at 8-3 to Moseley.
The second half kicked off with the Billesley breeze in the colts favour and would make Nottingham task of attacking up the hill very difficult. The colts extended their lead when a great ‘tactical’ kick by JR resulted in Crazy Legs, using his unique running style, to gracefully (flop) put downward pressure on the ball for his customary try. Another try only Sam could score. The last try came from Betts, who enjoyed his best game for the Colts, and forced his way over from a driving lineout.
Overall the Colts failed to put enough precision on their play and failed to impose their power and size on Nottingham. The colts looked fit and strong, which the work of Dave Cripps is benefiting the players, but the Colts need to put a more cohesive structure in place to gain proper reward. With the players within the Colt’s squad the performances should be higher. The coaching sessions will be addressing this area and a full turn out is expected in the coming weeks.
This weekend there has been a change of fixture with the visit of Birmingham & Solihull to Billesley on Saturday while on Sunday the Colts have fourteen players involved in the North Midlands vs. East Midlands and Staffordshire vs. Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire u20s Midlands’s semi final games.
Roll on Birmingham & Solihull!
Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach
North Mids Colts Cup Semi – 29th March
Following Moseley’s 55-5 win against Camp Hill, the Under 19 Colts have a home draw against Dudley Kingswinford in the semi finals – date now confirmed as Saturday 29th March at Billesley (3.00pm kick off).
The Semi Final Draw is:
Moseley v Dudley Kingswinford,
Stourbridge v Worcester Wanderers
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