Barkers Butts Colts 15 Moseley Colts 12 - November 27th 2005
A last minute penalty goal condemned Moseley to their third defeat of the season in this ill-tempered game. The visitors expected a hard afternoon particularly at the breakdown and that's exactly what they were given. From the kick-off, anything that was on the ground was given some fairly typical Warwickshire treatment. The problem was that the referee allowed it to pass thereby inviting retaliation. The game was never allowed to prosper in these circumstances and very little watch-able rugby was produced.
The home side were on the board first with a catch and drive at a lineout bringing an unconverted try. Late in the half Moseley replied with a forward drive off a short line-out that led to Ryan Large touching down. This was unconverted so the half ended at 5-5.
Less than 10 minutes into the 2nd period, a loose kick into the Moseley half saw Antonio Solomon gather the ball and embark on an elusive 50 metre run to score under the posts. With Mark Coulson being successful with the kick and the forwards finally gaining some ascendancy over their opposite numbers, it seemed that steady percentage rugby would probably carry the day.
With about 10 minutes to go however the outcome of the game was brought into question. Moseley had considerable pressure on the opposition line through their forwards and would almost certainly have scored again if they had kept the ball tight. They chose to put the ball out, it was fumbled from a poor pass and cleared upfield. Even then there was the opportunity to put the ball back into the home side corner but a panicky piece of trying to step out of trouble handed the ball to the onrushing opposition who then delightedly scored wide out. To compound the error the kick was successful and it was 12-12 going into the final 5 minutes.
The last meaningful act of the game saw some awful inconsistency in officiating. The play was about 30 metres out from the visitors line, the opposition were penalised for an infringement at the breakdown but a Moseley player was then adjudged to have trodden on one of the opposition. The decision was reversed, the Moseley player red-carded and the penalty kicked. This would have been deemed harsh but acceptable except that in an virtually similar situation shortly before but with the roles reversed, no card was issued and no penalty turned around !!
With the New Year just around the corner and the next round of the National Cup coming up, certain lessons have to be taken on board if the squad is to continue in its quest to emulate the "class of 2004/5.
Training will continue this week as normal but only one session will take place during the following week on Friday 30th at 12 noon.( To be confirmed.)
A Merry Xmas to players and supporters.
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