Senior Academy Match Report V Nottingham (Away) Sat 24/11/2007 

Nottingham Academy 3 Moseley Colts 19 - 24th November 2007

Moseley Colts made the journey north to Nottingham to take on their Academy side and came away with a well deserved win and will take lots of positives from a crackling game of rugby in their best performance of the season so far. The team’s attitude before kick off and during the warm up showed they meant business. The game was a story of two Sam’s. One impressive, the other unlucky. Sam Brent failed to make the kick off with a pulled text finger; sorry hamstring. While Sam ‘crazy legs’ Yarwood marked his return to the colts with an impressive hat-trick of tries. It was by no means a one ‘boy’ show, as every player contributed to overcome the elements and a quality side.

Moseley kicked off and put Nottingham under pressure straight away by running the ball at them and looking very impressive and organised. Moseley continued to attack and many promising moves broke down due to small errors resulting in scrums and losing momentum. In this period Moseley bombed three quality try scoring opportunities and will need to relax in order to execute their skills better. The colts attacking play and vision demanded a better return. Yarwood scored his first try with a quality run beating a couple of defenders with ease. I won’t bore you with how he scored the other two. I’m sure he has told everyone by now any way.

Moseley were more than a match for Nottingham and the forwards battled well to overcome any problems in the scrums, as they certainly got stronger as the game progressed. The lineouts were a major plus for the colts where Deaville, Hawkins, Hands and Hughes (does that sound like a firm of accountants?) benefited from Caesar’s accurate throwing. The half time team talk reinforced that Moseley were playing some outstanding rugby and not to hurry phases of play. The second half was a similar story but with the colts not scoring the point their play demanded. A major plus was how the colts defended for the last ten minutes by staying calm and working out what to do and when to do it.

All the Moseley players showed many good qualities and will take many positives from this game to put into good use for another mouth-watering game against Hartpury College at home next week. A very enjoyable game of rugby and the Moseley colts did themselves proud against a very strong team. This game showed that the colts play an exciting type of rugby and the challenge is now to back this performance up and improve on it.
Roll on Hartpury College!

Tries:Yarwood 3
Conversions: Warner 2

1.Dan Toth; 2.Will Caesar; 3.Ciaron Murphy; 4.Andy Hawkins; 5. Mark Deaville; 6.Patrick Hughes; 7.Ben Pons; 8.Clarke Hands; 9.Stuart Doust; 10.Alexander Warner; 11.James Scanlon; 12.Ed Gardiner; 13.Adrian Courtney; 14.Sam Yarwood; 15.James Oliver; Replacements Jim McGorrigan, Andy Murphy, Tom Bartlett

Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach