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

Hinckley 20 Moseley 29 - English Clubs Colts National Plate

Moseley travelled to Hinckley after a few days of heavy rainfall to play in the National Plate. If Moseley won they would progress to the Quarter Finals, where they would play Sheffield at home.

Moseley played with the wind in the first half and started strongly, when after James Oliver made a great break after 4 minutes, they would score their first try. Oliver broke the line from around 10 metres inside his own half, slicing through inside his man. After a good sidestep and more yards gained, he was tackled, and the forwards piled through. A couple of phases later the ball was shipped out to the right wing to Josh McPherson who sprinted down the line and dotted down in the corner. The try was unconverted.

Around fifteen minutes later, with both sides competing well, Moseley gave away a penalty in their 22 which was duly converted to make the score 3-5 to Moseley. Moseley responded quickly to this score and chased up well from the restart. After good forward pressure, Moseley gained a scrummage in the Hinckley 22. The back row executed a planned move well, and the ball was then shipped to the backs. James Oliver dummied to Matt Durber and found outside centre Dan Pinch, who cut between the centres on a determined run to the line. Oliver converted.

Moseley’s third try would come soon after this, when after a sustained period of forward pressure and after a number of phases, Charley Thomas picked up the ball and drove for the line. Thomas ploughed straight through a couple of defenders and scored under the posts. The forwards were beginning to dominate by the end of the half, and just before the half time whistle, James Weaver brilliantly snaffled a loose ball and fought his way out of a couple of tackles before being brought down. Charley Thomas again came up in support and made another powerful thrust, which resulted in his second and Moseley’s fourth try of the match. The half time score was 3-24 to Moseley.

Moseley started the second half poorly, as Hinckley scored an early try under the posts, after one of the backs sliced through the midfield. The try was converted to make the score 10-24. Hinckley now had their tails up and used the wind to their advantage. After a deep kick that Moseley failed to deal with, it was hacked on by a Hinckley player, and was touched down, the try was unconverted.

However after this Moseley began to drive the ball well and after a couple of infringements by Hinckley , Moseley kicked to touch gaining territory. In the Hinckley 22, Moseley took a tap penalty that was set up by Paul Norris, and the pack drove forward, only for the ball to be dropped over the line.

However, after Hinckley won the subsequent scrummage and cleared their lines, Moseley set up another forward drive, from which tight head Charley Thomas burrowed over and scored his hat-trick try.

This score was 15-29 with around 10 minutes to go, and it proved to be enough time for a resilient Hinckley to score again, after a powerful run from their number 8. The try was unconverted and the final whistle went soon afterwards, with Moseley winning the tie 20-29. They now progress to the Quarter Finals, which will be at Billesley this week.

Moseley Squad: Paul Norris, Will Caesar, Charley Thomas, Tom Bartlett, Dan Toth, Jon Duckers, Clark Hands, Will Betts, James Sullivan, James Weaver, Matt Tibbatts, Dan Lavander, Luke Ward, Dan Malins, James Oliver, Alex Warner, Matt Durber, Dan Pinch, Jack Richards, Antonio Solomon, Josh McPherson, Jon Perks.

The quarter final draw is:

Old Northamptonians v Middlesbrough

Moseley v Sheffield

Weston-Super-Mare v Haywards Heath

Bury St Edmunds v Exeter

Quarter final matches to be played by 11th February.