Colts U18 Friendly
Moseley 59 - Sale Grammar School 3
It may have been cold enough for the ground to be frozen, but in the sunshine, and with no wind to talk of, it was in the most pleasant conditions for a while that an under 18 Colts team entertained Sale Grammar School on the Crumb.
Sale kicked off and early confusion from Moseley allowed the ball to bounce into touch. Moseley won their own line out, but early pressure from the visitors secured a turnover and a drive before they lost the ball when within touching distance of the line. A 5 metre scrum to Mosley allowed them to clear their lines before a sequence of penalties allowed the home team to advance up field to the 22. Another penalty saw Riley Dinardo tap and go, break through a couple of tackles to get close to the line before passing inside to Josh Coleman who crossed for the opening score.
Moseley gathered the restart and made slow but steady progress. A knock on gave Sale a scrum inside their own 22 from which they cleared to touch, giving Mosley the line out just on the 10 metre line. The throw was caught and passed of the top, with Mosley going forward and through the phases. Sale missed a couple of tackles and quick hands saw the ball passed from left to right, creating an overlap for Jack McLaren to score in the right hand corner, Ben Morgan adding the conversion.
Moseley knocked on from the restart, Sale gathered the loose ball and kicked through but the ball went dead, giving Mosley the scrum from half way inside their own half. The ball was secured and passed inside, allowing Chris Fensome to break up field before the ball was passed to Curtis Wellington on the left wing who had too much pace for the covering defenders to score, again with Morgan adding the extras.
Moseley were having the lions share of possession, and even when Sale got the ball they were not having it for long. Another line break and a pass inside to John Hale allowed him to cross and score under the posts, the conversion a formality.
Following the restart Mosley knocked on once more and were penalised for taking a man out. Sale opted to kick for goal from about the 22 and successfully gained their first points of the afternoon.
A period of scrappy followed, with Sale gaining more possession, but no real territory. A break by Wellington saw him almost through before he was taken into touch on the Sale 22. Moseley disrupted the Sale line out, with McLaren advancing, before he too was taken into touch about ten metres out. Sale overthrew the line out ball which found its way to Connor Ward for him to power to the line and touch down with Morgan continuing his fine form with the boot.
There was enough time for one more score. Sale kicked the restart long, Mosley gathered and a couple of passes saw the ball with Wellington who streaked forwards, evading a couple of tackles before passing inside. A cleaver kick through resulted in a foot race which was won by McLaren, who broke through a tackle or two before rolling over the line to touch down under the posts. Morgan’s conversion saw the half time whistle.
Moseley kicked off for the second half and had much of the early possession and territory, but without creating any real opportunities. Eventually a penalty came that was kicked to touch about 8 metres from the Sale line. A successful catch and drive was stopped a few metres out, before the ball went to ground. Mosley recycled and Jon Hammond picked up and drove to the line, Morgan again successful with the kick.
Moseley gathered the restart, and although Sale were quickly up, the home team were able to recycle the ball. A couple of broken tackles and a pass inside saw Ryan Miller able to use his pace to run in from deep inside his own half, again Morgan making no mistake.
The restart saw a short period of scrappy play inside the Moseley half. But it was not long before Mosley won a turnover on their own 22 and following a couple of quick passes the ball was with McLaren who ran three quarters of the pitch down the left wing to score. Morgan missed the kick and the referee decided that was enough to blow for full time.
Forwards: A Brown, J Lea, J Lawless Fisher, T Dalton, D Rashkafar , A Bromley, H Pitt, J Coleman
Backs: R Dinardo, B Morgan, C Wellington, J Hale, R Miller, J McLaren, C Fensome
Replacements: Connor Ward, Phil Cadogan, Jon Hammond, Myles Hibbs, Charlie ? (John's pal)
Jack McLaren (x3)
Ben Morgan (x7)
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