Senior Academy Match Report V Leicester Tigers (Home) Fri 02/02/2007 

Moseley 7 Leicester Tigers 57 - 2nd February 2007

Those who attended this fixture on Friday night were privileged to see an excellent performance by this very strong premiership club academy side. No one likes to lose by such a margin but it wasn’t through lack of effort. The home side were simply beaten by the best opposition they are ever likely to face. The fact is that a great deal of time and money is invested in the Tigers Academy set-up and, as you would expect, the end product is class.

The first few minutes of the game were all Leicester as they powered their way into Moseley territory. The ball was continually recycled at pace and the home side were forced into hurried defence. It came as a surprise therefore, when the first score arrived at the other end. A Moseley scrum around halfway saw an excellent backrow move put flanker Ben Pons away on the narrow side. A fine run saw him caught near the line but the ball was moved to U17 winger Josh Macpherson who scored close to the posts to give his U17 colleague Alex Warner an easy conversion.

Stung no doubt by being caught out in such fashion, the opposition proceeded to impose their power, pace and skill on the game and scored three converted tries in the half. In such circumstances this was a difficult game but it was made worse by unforced errors such as missed kicks to touch which were severely punished, and some missed “first up” tackles, which again led to penetrating dynamic attacks. The game was due to get harder in the second period as the home side began to tire and so it proved scoring another six tries (three converted).

A heavy defeat yes, but there were still positives to find. It was an excellent standard of game for the lads to have been part of and will have shown them where they currently stand and the level to which they should aspire. Debutant lock Will Betts (U18) showed that he will be an excellent player for the section.

The squad was composed of 7 U19’s, 12 U18’s and 5 U17’s which is good news for next season. Finally, the commitment and discipline was very good, especially given the scoreline. This was borne out by the match officials who commended the players on their constructive attitude throughout the game. - Dave Critchlow