Senior Academy Match Report V Dudley Kingswinford (Home) Sat 05/01/2008 

Moseley 24 Dudley Kingswinford 20 - January 5th  2008

I supposed you take a win when you get one but that was the only bright spot in a very poor performance from the Moseley colts. If the Moseley forwards followed the example of their no.8 then things would have been very different. All the praise went to the Dudley forwards who out powered their opposite numbers quite easily in the contact areas. If Moseley do not improve their attitude and technique then next weeks visit to Leicester Tigers could be quite embarrassing. It will be quite an interesting week at training!!

You could tell what kind of day it was going to be when Alex Warner damaged his ankle in the warm up and could not take part in the game. Moseley kicked off and straight away Dudley showed their intentions by playing a well-organised forward dominated game plan. Unfortunately Moseley were in no mood to do anything about it and allowed Dudley to do what they wanted. The Moseley forwards will have to take a very hard look at themselves to see what kind of standard they want to achieve as they failed to do the basics well and came a very poor second to Dudley in every facet of forward play. A great shame as the backs looked quite threatening when given an opportunity.

The challenge for the players this week is to recognize and focus on what they need to do individually to make the team play well and improve their decision making. They will do this by identifying what goes on in games and to act accordingly. A very disappointing performance and we will see what everyone is made off in the next two weeks with a game against the Tigers, followed by a National Cup game against Nuneaton.

Special mention goes to Jack Pons and Tom Maguire on their first appearance of the season for the colts, after their school commitments have finished, and brings the number of Midland u18s players to three following Dan Micklewright’s trial. Also, Moseley offers the best of luck to Lee Nixon as he has decided to move to Woodrush rugby club.

Tries: Micklewright, Yarwood, Tibbatts, Brent .
Conversions: Walmesley 2