National Colts Cup – 1st Round
Moseley 32 – Bromsgrove 9
The under nineteen colts began their quest for national silverware in front of their largest crowd of the season.
No doubt this was because they were playing on the main pitch, immediately following the first XV’s win against Esher with the feel good factor among those still on the terrace outside the bar, together with a party maximising the use of their hospitality box. There was a good smattering of supporters in the stand and it was nice to see members of the 1st team staying for a while to look on.
Moseley kicked off into the prevailing breeze and soon had points on the board. The forwards secured the ball from the start and with Bromsgrove infringing Ben Morgan had one of the easier kicks of the afternoon to make it 3-0.
With both teams settling, a period of scrappy play followed until Bromsgrove had a scrum on the Moseley 22 which Moseley were adjudged to collapse. A quickly taken tap caught Moseley by surprise, forcing another penalty from much closer range. Fortunately for the home team the Bromsgrove kicker was not at his best and the chance to draw level was missed.
Bromsgrove continued to apply pressure in the Moseley half and had a good opportunity with an overlap on the right wing. The chance was quickly snuffed out, but with the ball being passed back to the centre a smartly taken drop goal bought the scores level.
From the restart Bromsgrove knocked on trying to gather the ball. A good scrum from Moseley allowed the ball to be moved smartly across the back line. With the backs running at pace it was left to Max Stelling to score in the corner.
From this restart the Moseley forwards again secured the ball and using their superior power marched the ball forward, until once more unleashing the backs. With pace and an excellent line from Stelling they created a three on one overlap with Stelling unselfishly passing to Chris Fensom to touch down.
With 17 minutes on the clock the score stood at 13 – 3. But there then followed a passage of play in which Moseley found it hard to not give away penalties and free kicks. This gave Bromsgrove the opportunity to maintain pressure and with two successful kicks from three the half time whistle blew with the score standing at 13-9
Moseley started the second half as they finished the first, being penalised. In one bizarre passage of play, despite several penalties against for a variety of offences, Moseley still gained territory into the Bromsgrove 22.
More scrappy play ensued around the half way line with neither team being able to take advantage of the others mistakes, until a Bromsgrove line out on their own 22. Ben Meadows competed well for the ball in the air and still grappling with his opposite number as they landed he was surrounded by the Moseley pack. The resulting drive proved unstoppable with Hayden Pitt scoring what was a true forwards try.
Moseley were soon on the score sheet again from a ruck deep in their own half. It was Bromsgrove ball, but quickness of mind (and feet) allowed Moseley to rip the ball from the Bromsgrove scrum half as he was about to pass it. With good speed and interpassing Jamie Wale was on hand to score, with Morgan successfully adding the extras.
The game was soured a little on 60 minutes. Apparently one of the Moseley players, objecting to having been stamped on (twice), remonstrated with the offending Bromsgrove player and received a head butt for his troubles. A 28 man mêlée resulted and ended with the referee showing a red card to both players.
With forty seconds left on the referees watch Moseley had a final line out. Keeping the ball alive they passed along the line and back again and with time well and truly up Fensom was on hand to score his second try, with Morgan’s successful conversion being the last kick of the game to leave the final score at 32-9.
Moseley will host either Telford or Old Coventrians in the next round, scheduled to be played on Saturday 15th October at 3.00 p.m.
Backs: C Fensome, J McLaren, J Oliver, M Stelling, C Wellington, B Morgan, D Brazier
Forwards: J Lawless Fisher, J Balllie, A Brown, A Musaf, B Meadows, H Pitts, M Hibbs, J Colman
Replacements: J Adjayi, J Wale, Charlie Owen
Max Stelling (14 mins)
Chris Fensome (15 mins, 70 Mins)
Hayden Pitts (47 mins)
Jamie Wale (55 Mins)
Ben Morgan (2)
Ben Morgan (1)
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