Senior Academy Match Report V Birmingham Solihull (Home) Sat 16/09/2006 

Moseley Colts 45 Birmingham & Solihull Colts 0 - September 9th 2006

A local rivalry was renewed last Saturday when near neighbours Bees were the welcome visitors. The clubs have not met at Senior Colts level for a few seasons but the opposition’s Junior Colts (U17`s) from last season have now enabled the fixture to be remade. For their part Moseley’s starting line-up included nine under 17/18`s.

Playing on the main pitch for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, the home side dominated from the outset and probably had 90% of the territorial advantage, but the half-time score of 5-0, a Sam Yarwood try, was frustrating.

The home side had match-winning pace on the outside but often failed to move the ball through the hands quick enough, thus allowing the defence to get across.
Up front, continuity was being spoilt by lack of attention to ball retention & presentation, and lack of aggression in preventing "fringing ".

To be fair to the visitors, they competed for everything, tackled well and on a number of occasions turned over opposition ball in their own 22 and cleared their lines.

As so often happens in this scenario in sport, if you are kept constantly under pressure the cracks appear and this was true in this game. The 2nd half saw Moseley start to take full advantage of their position and possession to run in a further 6 tries, including 2 more for Yarwood.

This is a good mixed aged squad with potential for the season but the individual skills which the younger players undoubtedly have, has to be moulded to suit the shape and structure that is required in the senior colts.

Next weeks encounter with Leicester Tigers will require early lessons to have been quickly learned. - Dave Critchlow

Tries: Yarwood 3, Durber, Large, Tibbatts and Perks.
Conversions: Warner 5.