Senior Academy Match Report V Chinnor (Away) Sat 03/11/2007 

Chinnor 5 Moseley 27 3rd November 2007

It was a perfect day for free flowing rugby. The Moseley pack, however, decided a more pragmatic approach was called for and strangled Chinnor out of contention, with a performance that was deemed ‘boring’ by certain of the opposition spectators. People have been saying the same about Leicester for years…we won’t let it worry us!

Capitalising on a succession of mistakes by the Moseley team though, the home side took the lead not long after the kick off and whilst always looking like they could be dangerous if they broke out, they were never really given the opportunity once the Moseley pack got into gear.

Moseley scored five tries in all – three of which were close range efforts from driving mauls (Ben Pons scored two and Curtis Gilbert the other.) There were at least another two occasions where the Moseley’s forwards thought that they had succeeded with similar tactics but the referee (who had a really good game, we thought) ruled that the ball had not been grounded.

Our other two tries came when, to show what might be possible if other tactics were used, the ball was released from the back of mauls and spun wide. The first of these was finished by Josh McPherson who powered over carrying two would-be tacklers with him. The second was scored by Curtis who somehow found himself in the outside centre position just as the ball arrived to stroll over the line and touch down beneath the posts. This score was converted by fly half Nathan Warmley, in a really promising debut.

All in all a pretty good performance from the Moseley team. We gave pitch time to no less than twenty-six players; changed the captain four times; welcomed Ed Gardiner back from injury; gave seasonal debuts to Zak McParland, Kesser Sadiq and James Scanlon and, as our usual fly-halves were either injured or unavailable, Nathan stepped in at no.10 to cover, giving a pretty good all around performance in unfamiliar surroundings.

Next week, Moseley Colts play the University of Birmingham freshers at Billesley Common. 3pm kick off. Your support would be most welcome. - Simon Bartlett

Team v Chinnor:
Tom Garrity. Will Caesar, Dan Toth, Patrick Hughes, Clark Hands, James Weaver, Ben Pons, Dan Lavander (Pack Leader), Zak McParland, Nathan Warmley, Joe Withers, Ed Gardner, Adrian Courtney, Josh MacPherson, Jack Richards.

Replacements: Ciaron Murphy, Lee Nixon, Jim Scanlon, Kesser Sadiq, Ian Lyons
Tom Bartlett, Curtis Gilbert, Jim McCorrigan, Callum Sheehan,
Marcus Chandler

English Colts National Cup
Round three matches in Midlands West to determine who plays in the National stages of the competition see the following fixtures (all to be played by Sunday 18th November)

Moseley v Willenhall
Dudley Kingswinford v Stourbridge
Earlsdon v Nuneaton
Worcester Wanderers v Bromsgrove

The winners of the above Round 3 matches will then join the four winners from Round 3 in the Midlands East to take part in Round 4. They will be joined by the eight qualifiers from the North for Round 4 (Midlands & North) to be played on the weekend of 19th/20th January