Moseley 49 Warley 0
League Match - Sunday 24/10/2010
Finally the 2nd League game of the season for the 17’s. It was always going to be a test of our ability to play to our structures against a team sent out to spoil any kind of flowing rugby and we knew that Warley would be no mugs as they had pushed Bromsgrove to within a point.
Our main focus was to play our game when and where we wanted to play it.
From the kick off we went practically the length of the field, through some good forward work, sweet handling and some barnstorming runs.
That start, as much as an opposition that were prepared to take ‘tactical spoiling’ to its fullest extent, was our downfall for the rest of the first half. Going into half time we were 21-0 ahead, although we had gone through a few scares in our own half and served up a curates egg of a performance. The most disappointing element was the fact that the ‘Lesser’ team, and I use the term loosely here, were dictating the pace and structure of the game. The main priority for us was to change that.
For patches in the 2nd half we got our hands on the ball and our heads into gear and the scores started to go in pulling us clear to the tune of 49 - 0. As always the running lines, scrummaging and line out were of the highest order. However, the problem for us is that sometimes we are so focused on running and passing that, especially up front, we are forgetting the bread and butter of hard work at the breakdowns and overly keen on trying to make one more yard at the contact area rather than focusing on the quality of the recycle.
Our ability to score tries through a touch of individual excellence or from improvisation in broken play is beyond doubt but at present if i was asked of our chances of grinding out a victory through a structured, disciplined, organised game i would have to pause for thought.
We need to turn our attention and skills to maintaining our game plan and structures in the face of tough, talented or just plain organised opposition.
It seems slightly harsh or hypercritical to be writing such a downbeat match report after a league game where we recorded a sizable victory and scored some lovely tries in the process, but its important we maintain standards that reflect the ability and ambition in this team.
In the coming couple of weeks we play DK, marking roughly the halfway point in this initial league structure. We are looking in a healthy position to progress onwards and upwards, this will then bring us into direct competition with the best teams in the district where upon all elements of our game will be tested. The ‘Easy’ games this season are fast running out.
The Warley game was stopped ahead of time due to a neck injury to Moseley Prop Josh Preece, Ambulances and Paramedics were called to cart Josh off to Hospital. I'm very happy to report that, although out of action for around a month, the worst effects after the game were a stiff neck; best of all this didn’t stop Josh getting on facebook that night; normal service maintained!
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