Senior Academy Match Report V Kenilworth (Away) Sat 05/12/2009 

Kenilworth Colts 0 Moseley Colts 59

At one point it was uncertain if the match would go ahead as the referee failed to turn up, so a massive thank you to the Kenilworth coach (Russell, I think) who stepped into the breach and did a sterling job but which resulted in a comprehensive win against a resilient Kenilworth team that we struggled to beat 23 – 18 only a few weeks ago. Kenilworth were no push over however, had some strong forwards and tried to play rugby through the backs but ultimately had no real answers to the power and pace of the Moseley side.

Our 9 tries were shared out between 6 players; 3 from ‘try machine’ Ryan O’Neill and 2 from stand-out player and captain for the day, Mick Stephens – 2 guys worth keeping particular tabs on for the future. Other scorers were Adrian, Aleem, Umar and Motty (1 each). None of the tries was particularly easy to score. All involved some decent approach play and a growing awareness of moving the ball away from the collision area, as well as some fine individual finishing prowess.

Motty’s try takes him further ahead of brother Ed who’s tally for the season remains 0 and who chose to play waiter to Ryan Giggs at Old Trafford this week.

Pete Gizauskas converted 7 of the tries. He was 6/6 when inexplicably handing over kicking duties to Motty. We all wished he hadn’t as the ball bobbled along the ground closer to the corner post than the goal post.

Pete quickly resumed duties shortly afterwards!

Thanks to the u17 lads who stepped in to help us, Sanks, Baillie and JJ, as a result of our lengthy injury list; to Mick, who’s acceptance of the captaincy did not diminish his fine personal performances of late; to Kenilworth for being excellent hosts – I was particularly taken by the blazing log fire in their club house!

Next match Saturday 12th December vs. Birmingham & Solihull  Billesley.

Scheduled for a 1pm kick off – on the AWP. Any changes will be notified via the website/ web notice board.