North Midlands Cup
Moseley 20-10 Silhillians
This would be the 3rd time these teams have met this season – but a Cup fixture always adds a bit of “spice” to any game. Moseley were missing a number of regular players through injury but managed to cobble together a decent shaped team. Sils arrived with a number of faces we hadn’t seen this season – clearly wanting to bolster the side we’d beaten comfortably the previous week.
Sils started strongly and were clearly up for the game – Moseley looked pretty ragged to start and were a bit taken aback by the strength of the Sils team. Moseley conceded an early penalty for hands in the ruck and then lost another 10m for not retreating sufficiently – an early sign that the referee was going to run the game tightly.
Adam made a great break off the back of a well won scrum but knocked on trying to offload. We then had a bit of a purple patch conceding a free kick and two penalties on close succession to throw away good offensive positions. Sils came back into the game and their winger started to make some decent yards on two good runs.
Moseley got a great driving maul going to pressure the Sils line only to give another penalty away and lose a real scoring opportunity. Another penalty shortly after brought the Moseley count to 5 which was really hindering the lads’ game. A great break by Rory looked like he’d scored but the try was disallowed for a double movement.
Sils made the most of the last penalty releasing their winger to go over in the corner 0-5. Moseley responded quickly and a great driving maul put Dan over and John converted 7-5
Moseley restarted the second half poorly – failing to make 10 from the kickoff (and did the same last week against Sils). Sils won the scrum and Ben managed to intercept their kick, broke through and very nearly scored. Two more penalties again gave away good field positions and allowed Sils to relieve the pressure. A great break by Cahal saw him move past 4 Sils players to score and take the score to 12-5.
Sils responded immediately and their forwards really pressured the Moseley line – but credit to the lads they really defended well. A rare Sils penalty allowed Rory to produce a fantastic kick to take the score to 15-5. Even with a 10 point advantage this game still felt very close and Sils went over after some good forward play to take the score to 15-10. Moseley came back really well and a Captain’s drive and try from Jack sealed the Moseley win – 20-10.
A good win but marred by a penalty count of 13 – which simply threw away good attacking positions and gifted the opposition the chance to keep the game as close as it finished. The lads really need to tighten up their play particularly at the breakdown.
Next round is away at Kidderminster on the 20th November.
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