Senior Academy Match Report V Leicester Tigers (Away) Sat 12/01/2008 

Leicester Tigers 33 Moseley 7 - January 12th  2008

What a difference a week makes! Moseley colts put on an excellent performance against the Leicester Tigers Academy and put last week’s performance against Dudley down as a turkey burner to rid the Christmas excess.

Following last weeks game it was a real test of the Moseley player’s character and full credit goes to the lads who fronted up fantastically well in the coaching sessions during the week. The issue with these players is never talent; they have it in shed loads; but in reading the game and selecting the right options according to the situation. The game against Tigers proved, although they are not perfect, they are back on track and can play to the standard they have been set. This game should be the springboard for the players to constantly raise the bar in their individual and team performances.

Although a similar score line to the first game against the Tigers, the performance was chalk and cheese. The Tigers team list showed that seven players were involved in their A team game against Sale Sharks on Monday night. They certainly knew they had been in a game! This game showed that individually and collectively the players have improved during the course of the season and the players are responding well to the coaching. Also, the players are benefiting from the impact the Colts' strength and conditioning coach (Dave Cripps) is putting in.

The first half had many incidents that the colts can be proud of. However the colts will need to work hard to eradicate the small errors from their game, which impacts massively on the outcome their build up play. A major plus was the scrummaging and forwards driving play. Special mention goes to Sam Lewis and Paul Ensor (I’m not his Dad!! He’s not good looking enough!) on their first appearance of the season for the colts. Not a bad game to make your debut in.

The colts can take a lot of satisfaction from scoring the game’s best try; by leading try scorer Crazy Legs. The forwards set the platform with a great piece of line out play followed by a couple of phases where the forwards and backs combined to put Yarwood in at the corner. Crazy legs picked up quite a few other nicknames during the course of the game but most of them unprintable here!

Half time came with the score at 26-7 but Moseley were still in Christmas mood where they gifted wrapped Tigers two tries and allowed a catch and drive score from five meter line out. The second half ended up 7-0 to the Tigers with excellent defensive work from Moseley a major plus point from the game.

The Moseley colts were a great credit to the club and the players showed they deserve to be the only non-academy team to play the Tigers. The challenge for the players for the coming weeks is to build on this performance and simplified their game plan and raises the intensity levels during coaching sessions. The players have definitely improved but we will see if they can improve on this performance when they take on Nuneaton, at Birmingham University, in the National Cup next Saturday.