Moseley 12 Leeds Academy 40 - 8th December 2007
What a difference a week makes! The Moseley Colts were looking forward to taking on the Leeds Academy in the return fixture at Billesley after a promising performance in Leeds and on the back off good performances against Nottingham and Hartpury College.
However, it wasn’t just the weather that put a dampener on the day. The Leeds Academy put on a fantastic team performance and showed what a class team they are and ran out worthy forty points to twelve winners. Leeds showed plenty of pace and power and are definitely the best team the Colts have faced this season and the way they played is something the Colts should aspire to play to that standard.
Due to the torrential rain the game was moved from the first team pitch onto the All Weather Pitch and after the game how the Colts wished we had played on the Common! The game was a mixture of Moseley mistakes and fast attacking running rugby from Leeds, whose continuity skills proved a major problem which Moseley never found a solution to throughout the game.
Moseley defensive organisation was reasonable throughout the game but constantly allowed Leeds to gain momentum by slack tackling technique. The lineouts were a plus for the Colts where Deaville, Hands and Hughes battled well and as a unit defended their lineout very effectively. When the Colts had the ball they looked like they could cause problems but came unstuck in the battle at the breakdown area.
The Colts did score two tries. The first one a well-taken try by Dan Micklewright after an excellent passage of play by the Moseley backs. Micklewright was rewarded with a starting position in the Colts line up from a string off impressive performances in the U17s, which led to him receiving a Midlands call up.
Other U17s will receive a promotion to the Colts if they put in hard work on and off the field! The second try was rather a fortuitous interception one scored by Crazy Legs (Yarwood) from ninety meters out and took him to six tries in the last three games.
A very enjoyable game of rugby (although very disappointing from a Moseley perspective) and the Colts will have to use this as a learning curve for future games and learn how to play against a very strong team.
The Colts, hopefully, will take away the biggest difference between the teams and that of a ‘hunger’ to play and of doing their own individual positional role well. The players will be focusing on individual aspects of on and off the field preparation over the coming weeks in readiness for some major games in January. Roll on Birmingham and Solihull! - Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach
Tries: Micklewright, Yarwood.
Moseley: Dan Toth; Will Caesar, Ciaron Murphy, Patrick Hughes, Mark Deaville, James Weaver, Ben Pons, Clarke Hands, Stuart Doust, Alexander Warner, Dan Micklewright, Ed Gardiner, Adrian Courtney, Sam Yarwood, James Oliver.
Replacements: Jim McGorrigan, Andy Murphy, Will Betts, Seamus McKim, Nathan Warmley, Jack Richards
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