Senior Academy Match Report V Dudley Kingswinford (Away) Sat 25/11/2006 

Dudley Kingswinford 0 Moseley 60 - November 25th 2006

On a cold and damp day in Dudley, Moseley looked to follow up their strong performance against Bath two weeks previously against Dudley Kingswinford.

Moseley welcomed back Will Caesar and Robin Bayliss from injury, and Kieran Murphy was making his debut. Moseley started strongly and scored after about five minutes. The ball reached Sam Yarwood about 10 metres inside the opposition half, and he sliced through the middle of two defenders. He then handed off a third defender and sprinted down the touchline, outpacing the cover, and scoring under the posts. James Oliver converted to make the score 0-7.

A few minutes later, Dudley were in possession and after a few phases attacked the blind side. With two men outside him, the scrum half gave a pass out that was intercepted by Chris Stigwood, who ran in to score from around halfway. Another opportunity came to Moseley as Matt Tibbatts broke away from well inside his own half, but as he went to pass inside to Will Caesar, it was cut off by good defence.

After this, Dudley, playing into the wind, kicked possession into Moseley territory, making it difficult for Moseley to counter attack. However, later on in the half, Jon Duckers produced perhaps the moment of the match, as he scooped up a loose ball and gave a superb pass inside to Sam Yarwood who attacked the ball with pace. He ran around under the posts for his second try of the match. James Oliver converted and the half time score was 0-19 to Moseley.

Moseley started the second half stronger than they did in the first, and soon began to assert some dominance. Ben Pons broke away upfield and evaded several tackles before offloading to Sam Brent, who had support on either side. He in turn got the ball away inside to Dan Pinch and he dotted down on the right hand side. A superb Moseley move minutes after this created the next try, from long range and including several pairs of hands, Ben Pons finishing off the move to score, Alex Warner converting.

Dudley began to fight their way back and after a couple of long kicks to touch, they had a series of lineouts near the Moseley line, but to no avail.

After Moseley had relieved the pressure, they began to build up the phases and after good work received a lineout in Dudley territory. A well crafted and precise backs move led to Jon Perks slicing through the line from full back and beating a covering tackler, before passing to Antonio Solomon to score a great try. Alex Warner again converted.

From the restart, an excellent Ben Pons dummy combined with a couple of sidesteps led to him breaking away down the field, and Clark Hands showed great pace in support to take the ball to around ten metres out before being tackled in to touch. Moseley kept the pressure on and after a loose clearance and good hands from Alex Tunnicliff, Antonio Solomon gathered and sprinted in from forty metres to score and Alex Warner converted.

Later in the half after good Moseley pressure, Will Caesar showed great support by following up behind the backline, and taking an inside ball from Sam Brent to score on his return from injury. Moseley heaped on the pressure and attacked back down the field from the restart, getting the ball into the Dudley 22.

After a couple of strong drives from Matt Tibbatts five metres out from the Dudley line, space was created for the backs, and after swift hands Dan Pinch broke through and scored his second of the game.

Ben Pons scored with the last play of the match after good interplay between forwards and backs and a forty metre solo run down the right touchline, outpacing the cover defence to score, the final score was 0-60 to Moseley, who play Stratford at Billesley in the National Plate this week.

Moseley Squad: Tom Garrity, Ryan Large, Jon Duckers, Paul Norris, Clark Hands, Will Caesar, Ben Pons, Matt Tibbatts, Robin Bayliss, Alex Tunnicliff, Kieran Murphy, Colin Hardsley, James Oliver, Sam Brent, Matt Larkin, Chris Stigwood, Sam Yarwood, Jon Perks, Dan Malins, Alex Warner, Dan Pinch, Antonio Solomon.

Tries: Pinch (2), Pons (2), Solomon (2), Yarwood (2), Caesar, Stigwood.
Conversions: Warner (3), Oliver (2)