Leeds Carnegie Academy 27 Moseley Colts 7
Moseley Colts made the long journey north to Leeds to take on their Academy side and came away with lots of positives from a cracking but frustrating game of rugby. The only difference was in converting chances into scores and mistakes being punished.
Leeds kicked off and Moseley continued where they left off last week by running the ball back at Leeds and looking very impressive and organised. A major problem for Moseley was losing their captain, Nelson, to a nasty facial cut after five minutes. Following several passages of play inside Leeds 22 a Moseley handling error led to a Leeds try after a hack down field and the most fortunate bounce of ball. Shortly after this Leeds capitalized on this as Moseley forgot to challenge a lineout drive and were ten nil down after two Moseley mistakes. Leeds were in front but did not have to work too hard for their points.
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.
Moseley were more than a match for Leeds and the forwards certainly caused problems in the set piece. The lineouts were a major plus for the colts where Deaville, Betts and Tibbatts benefited from Caesar’s accurate throwing. All the colts’ props gave powerful performances in the scrums, the back row worked very hard and there was a promising debut from Ben Thirby. Half time closed 15 nil to Leeds after a try from their impressive centre.
The half time team talk reinforced that Moseley were playing some outstanding rugby and not to hurry phases of play. Following the recent colts games, Moseley found it awkward in dealing with the pressure Leeds were putting them under.
The first twenty minutes after half time was a real battle, Moseley kept attacking through good play from halfbacks Doust and Warner. Moseley suffered another serious injury to the sharp looking Cairney-Withers and this period of play the colts will have to reflect on how to use the amount of ball and field position to build pressure into points. The Moseley forwards, and Tibbatts in particular, suffered through the ref not awarding tries, as he was unsighted. The game finished with Leeds scoring two tries and Moseley replying with great character to score a well deserved and long overdue try from Warner after a scrum against the head.
All the Moseley players showed many good qualities and will take the positives from this game to put into good use for another mouth-watering game against Bedford at home next week. The colts will benefit massively from playing this game and will deal with playing under pressure from an organised defence. 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 on another day could have had a very different result.
Roll on Bedford!
Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach
1. Tom Garrity
2. Will Caesar
3. Ciaran Murphy
4. Will Betts
5. Mark Deaville
6. James Weaver
7. Ben Pons
8. Matthew Tibbatts
9. Stuart Doust
10. Alexander Warner
11. Joseph Cairney-Withers
12. Adrian Courtney
13. Jim McGorrigan
14. Sam Yarwood
15. James Oliver
Dan Toth, Peter Hitter, Patrick Hughes, Andy Hawkins, Ben Thirby, Dan Lavander, David Adderley, Lee Nixon
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