Senior Academy Match Report V Old Northamptonians (Away) Sat 23/12/2006 

Old Northamptonians Colts v Moseley Colts - 23rd December 2006

Moseley travelled by coach on Saturday to Northampton, where they knew they
would face tough opposition in Old Northamptonians, another side to still be
involved in the National Colts Plate. The home side started strongly, with
the slope behind them, and much of the early play was in Moseley territory
after the first couple of minutes. After a couple of phases around the
halfway mark, the Old Northamptonians full back broke through a Moseley
tackle in the centre, and drew and passed out to a supporting player who
evaded the cover and scored a converted try under the posts.

This score seemed to spark Moseley, who replied soon afterwards with a score
of their own. From the base of a scrum Matt Tibbatts passed to Luke Ward,
who in turn fed Sam Yarwood. Yarwood feigned to go outside but sliced inside
his man and burned away from the cover, rounding off a polished move. James
Oliver converted to make the score 7-7. Moseley then produced some more
scoring opportunities, with two in quick succession.

Minutes after the try, as Moseley were back in the Old Northamptonians 22, a
powerful thrust by Ryan Large opened the defence. He gave a deft offload to
the supporting Jon Duckers, who broke a tackle and grounded the ball as he
was brought down, but it was just short of the line before he lost control.
Following this, good work by Jon Perks put James Oliver in space and he
passed to Sam Yarwood who squeezed in at the right hand corner, but it was
called back for a forward pass. Not long before half time, Sam Yarwood
latched onto a dropped pass sharply and hacked it on twice into the in-goal
area, but knocked on as he went to ground the ball. Old Northamptonians
seemed to capitalise on their fortune by scoring from a well worked forwards
drive from just inside the 22 line. The half time score was 12-7 to Old

Moseley made a stronger start to the second half, an enveloping tackle from
the returning Charley Thomas setting the tone for the early stages. Later on
Moseley’s ball retention proved effective as they pinned Old Northamptonians
back in their 22. After solid work from the pack, the ball reached the backs
where Dan Pinch showed good strength and determination, bustling his way
past two defenders to score under the posts. The score was extra special for
Pinch as it was against his old club. The try was converted to give Moseley
the lead at 12-14.

After some deep kicks from Alex Warner and Luke Ward, Moseley were able to
put the pressure back on after this try, and gained a scrum in the Old
Northamptonians 22. Matt Tibbatts picked up, timed his pass well to Luke
Ward, and he again found Sam Yarwood who was too fast to stop, and he scored
his well deserved second try after hard work throughout. Moseley led 12-19
after this score.

However, Old Northamptonians never gave up and looked for the opportunities,
and after a mistake from Moseley in their own 22, the Old Northamptonians
scrum half stole the ball and scored from close range, with the conversion
levelling the scores at 19-19. The final whistle blew soon after, ending a
well contested rugby match, with both sides showing grit and flair, however
Moseley were left to rue some missed chances.

Moseley Squad: Dan Toth, Ryan Large, Jon Duckers, Will Caesar, Charley
Thomas, Robin Bayliss, Clark Hands, Mark Newton, James Sullivan, Alex
Tunnicliff, Matt Tibbatts, James Weaver, Dan Malins, Luke Ward, James
Oliver, Alex Warner, Sam Brent, Dan Pinch, Matt Durber, Sam Yarwood, Jon