Moseley Colts 10 Nottingham Colts 7 - November 12th 2005
The opposition arrived on Saturday claiming a very depleted squad with only a couple of replacements and only deciding to fulfil the fixture on Thursday evening.
This was appreciated by us because the object of the exercise is to have our teams playing. We were able to help a little because we were short of 10 of our squad also. What was plain to see however, was that the Nottingham pack was HUGE and on a day when Moseley fielded their smallest front row.
This was not a good game, consisting for the most part of one phase rugby. Too many times, the home side were penalised for a variety of infringements or lost the ball in combat with opponents who had far more upper body strength. The opposition for their part seemed unable to do much with the ball once they had won it.
Moseley scored first after 15 minutes when they turned a ball over on the opposition 22, moved it quickly to Antonio Solomon on the wing and he did very well to get the touch down in the corner. The conversion was unsuccessful.
Eleven minutes into the second half Moseley had a lineout on the opposition 10 metres, lost it and watched as the ball was transferred to the far wing who sped up the pitch to score. Shades of the previous week! To rub salt into the wound the kick sailed over.
There weren’t many positives to take from the day, winning aside, but a big one followed. Twenty odd minutes into the half and 5-7 down Moseley had camped on the Notts line and were retaining the ball. There were penalties and scrums but the home side were finding it tough to make the final metre.
Another scrum was awarded to Moseley and the opposition coach took the opportunity to disparage the home side pack for some reason enquiring what they were going to do when they had to play senior rugby. He received an immediate riposte when, from a good scrum the ball was transferred across the backs for Matt Larkin to score in the opposite corner.
A win is always good but lessons were there to be learned especially about playing against much bigger opponents. Don’t arm-wrestle them one on one, use pace, good technique and playing in twos and threes.
The next match is a local derby against our friends from Dudley Kingswinford, and is away not home as per the fixture list.
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