National Colts Cup – Round 3
Walsall 5 Moseley 29
The U19 Colts progressed into the next round of the National Cup with a comfortable victory over Walsall.
Moseley kicked off and had much of the early territorial advantage. They soon found out that they were facing much more organised opponents than of late, ones who would not just let Moseley run through them.
As a result Moseley found it hard to make best use of the ball when they had it, but when their opponents had possession they pressurised and harried. The result was an extended period of play inside the Walsall half, but little to show in the way of scoring chances. There were a few penalty opportunities, but they were either taken quickly down blind alleyways, or kicked to touch.
Finally, after 20 minutes and from a scrum about 6 metres out, in the middle of the pitch, Moseley secured their own ball. Crisp passing to the right wing gave Ryan Miller the space to cross the line for the opening try.
Moseley were soon back in Walsall territory after the restart. They were starting to look after the ball better, recycling it and putting phases together. However the home side were proving to be resilient in defence.
Moseley did get the ball across the line but the referee judged it to be held up. The resulting 5 metre scrum was won and the ball worked down the blind side with the forwards providing just enough power for Elliot Price to touch down the second try. Ben Morgan added the additional two points from out wide on the right.
Moseley comfortably caught the restart, but a fumble from a simple pass gave Walsall a scrum inside the Moseley 22. It was the first real time they had visited Moseley territory and were determined to make the most of it. They won the scrum and a drive had Moseley at sixes and sevens. The drive was halted just short of the line but at the cost of a penalty. It was Moseley’s turn on the back foot, but they defended well and relieved the pressure.
There was time enough for Walsall to break through the Moseley defence from inside there own half - and just failed in a foot race to the line. Moseley were awarded a penalty which was kicked to touch for the referee to blow for half time, the score line reading 0 – 12 in Moseley’s favour.
Moseley continued to pressurise after the break, but a more determined Walsall made for a scrappy opening to the second half. Moseley won a scrum against the head just outside the Walsall 22 and made progress up field. After several phases of play and good recycling they ignored an overlap on the outside and moved the ball infield for Jordan Oliver to finish off a well worked move.
Walsall started to enjoy a little bit more freedom from being pinned back in their own territory and stared to play in the Moseley half for a time. But like Moseley before them there was little in the way of a threat to the score line.
Moseley had a line out on their opponents 5 metre line. The ball broke free to Walsall, who were adjudged to have carried the ball into the dead ball area resulting in a 5 metre scrum. Moseley secured the ball and passed it infield from the back of the scrum. Ryan Miller was making a screaming run from deep and chose an excellent line to receive the pass, carving through the Walsall line to score the best try of the day under the posts. Conditions under foot were not conducive for place kicking, but Morgan made no mistake, taking the score to 24 points to nil.
From the restart Moseley cleared to touch giving Walsall a lineout just inside their own half. Moseley won the ball and passing it infield and then back again, left Ryan Miller the space on the right wing to use his pace and run in for his third try of the afternoon.
Walsall enjoyed another period of possession and territory, taking their turn in recycling the ball well. A clever chip over the Moseley defence close to the line allowed the advancing attackers to claim the ball and touch down for a consolation try.
The remaining few minutes were a bit scrappy - and with the referee indicating time up Moseley kicked the ball into touch for the final whistle and a score line reading 5 – 29
Moseley progress to Round 4, where they will meet one of the other regional winners.
That they beat one of the better teams in the Sunday division of the North Midlands Colts League also bears well, should they maintain the current League status and get into the playoffs at the end of the season.
Backs: Y Siddiqui, C Wellington, J Oliver, J Jones, R Miller, B Morgan, D Brazier
Forwards: J Lawless Fisher, E Price, A Coton, B Meadows, C Tokeley, H Pitt, J Baillie, A Heron
Replacements: T Dalton, C Ward, P Clarr, R George, J McLaren, R Biddle
Ryan Miller (20 mins, 54 mins, 57 mins)
Elliot Price (28 mins)
Jordan Oliver (40 mins)
Ben Morgan (x2)
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