Moseley Colts 50 Leamington Colts 0 - October 7th 2006
In a repeat of the previous week's scoring, Moseley posted 8 tries in overcoming their opposition. This time however, proceedings were terminated 15 minutes early due to injuries depleting the visitors resources.
A strong wind was blowing down the slope on Saturday and Moseley elected to take on the elements in the first period. Imposing pressure from the start, the home side pushed into the visitors 22 and were only denied a score by virtue of a loose pass. With only 5 minutes gone however, the first score was posted with the ball being recycled from a well worked lineout play, for winger Josh Ellis-Mcpherson to cross in the opposite corner. The next score, arriving 7 minutes later courtesy of Ben Pons , followed a backrow move and 3 further phases in which hooker Jon Duckers was involved twice. Alex Warner converted.
Although the visitors had the benefit of the conditions they found it hard to mount any consistent pressure on their opponents. Moseley for their part were producing a good mixture of play both by close driving and moving the ball wide, although they found making big passes a difficult exercise in the wind. With 25 minutes gone, a break from the base of the scrum opened up play to bring full-back Chris Stigwood into the line. He offloaded well to give Ellis-Mcpherson his 2nd try and Warner his 2nd conversion.
Almost immediately, Moseley scored an excellent try from their own 22 when Matt Tibbatts fielded a kick and embarked on a strong run which carried play to the opposition 22. He was supported by both of his backrow colleagues, with James Weaver giving the scoring pass to Pons. Warner was again successful with the kick.
With the scoreline 26-0 at half-time, Moseley made 7 changes and prepared to take advantage of the wind and slope.
Good running and support play brought an early resumption of scoring with many players involved before Pons collected his 3rd try with a good midfield break and run to the line. James Oliver made no mistake with his first kick. Shortly after, the home side were gifted another score when a long downfield kick from their fullback was going into the in-goal area. The Leamington defender played it however, fumbled, and Antonio Solomon, who had chased well, took full advantage of the slip and touched down.
The next try was not so much a spectacle as one for the coaches to enthuse over. The ball was taken into contact by one of the backs, centre Sam Brent picked up and drove on, another back was quickly into position to bridge the ball allowing it to be quickly recycled. So encouraged with this were the forwards in the backline, that they repaid their colleagues by a display of excellent handling to give Adrian Courtney the score. Oliver added the conversion. The final score arrived when fullback John Perks opened up play from the back, various support runners took a hand and Solomon posted his second score of the day.
The only pity was that, with the game being brought to an early finish, the substitutes didn't get their full time on the pitch. Thanks go to Dan Toth and Jon Duckers for agreeing to play a half each for the opposition, who unfortunately lost a prop during the warm-up. Next week sees the 2nd round National Colts Cup match away against Barker Butts. A different type of match entirely from the last 2 weeks.
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