Moseley Colts travelled close to the home of the sport, Rugby, on Saturday to take on one of the top colts teams in Warwickshire at the moment, Newbold RFC. There were murmours amongst a section of the home support that we were treating this game lightly and expecting to run up a cricket score. Not true - we aren't that disrespectful and knew we were in for a hard afternoon, travelling with a number of regular starters missing through injury, unavailability or apathy, a flanker in the centres, no recognised hooker and with only three forward replacements on a very ‘light’ bench.
Moseley kicked off and immediately won the ball back with Ben Meadows rushing forward to out jump the home defence. The following pack given an immediate opportunity to apply pressure on the hosts’ defence. From the ensuing driving maul towards the home 22 metre line Moseley fed the ball out to the back line where some slick passing worked the ball to the centres. A decent opportunity was wasted however and the routine of the afternoon was set, as the Mosley backs took the ball in to contact instead of using the support runners to off load once the defence was committed. Consequently Newbold were able to turn over the ball, cross into the Moseley half and force the visitors onto the back foot. Moseley was adjudged offside at a breakdown gifting the hosts a penalty just outside the 22 which they elected to kick. On a fairly breezy day the home number 10 (easily the biggest player on the field at 6’ 5”) pushed his kick wide of the posts. This seemed to spur on Moseley. The forwards started to dominate play releasing a lot of the ball for the backs; Newbold were defending very well but Moseley were not helping their own cause as time and time again contact was taken by the man on the ball preventing any real forward movement. Following solid work from Alex Coton, Aaron Brown and Ben Meadows Moseley won a line out and worked their way in to the home side’s 22. Under pressure Newbold committed a number of infringements, the last of which resulted in a penalty in front of the posts. Ben Morgan converted to give Moseley a 3-0 lead. Scant reward, realistically, for the amount of possession the visitors had enjoyed. For the next few minutes play seemed to be concentrated in and around the 10 metre lines with both sides guilty of missing the final pass or giving a penalty away at a vital moment. From a promising Newbold move a home forward was adjudged to have ‘gone off his feet’ at a ruck to prevent Moseley turning the ball over. From the resultant penalty Moseley to cleared up field making decent ground into touch. From the line out the Moseley pack drove a maul for 20 metres before Charlie Tokeley peeled off the back to score the first try of the game. From a difficult angle wide out on the touchline Ben Morgan’s kick fell just short of the post.
Half time: Newbold 0 Moseley 8
Newbold started the second half in confident mood against a stiffening breeze enjoying an equal share of possession. Neither side could capitalise however as both defences were solid and uncompromising. In combination with a number of unforced errors being made by either team the scoring opportunities were few and far between. To their credit both sides were trying to play rugby and to his credit, the referee was trying to allow them to (increasingly rare amongst referees and welcomed by players and spectators alike). Moseley was looking the more likely to score but recognition should be afforded to Newbold who stood firm in their defence. Despite some slick passing and offloading interplay from the entire Moseley team the home defensive line was not breached until the last play of the game. With Newbold pressing hard just inside the visitors’ half, Moseley turned over the ball at a ruck and the ball spilled loose. Dave Brazier fly-hacked ahead out-pacing the Newbold winger. Showing great composure to kick on and touch down in the corner. Ben Morgan converted a difficult last kick at which point the final whistle was blown.
Final score: Newbold 0 Moseley 15
We are grateful to Newbold for taking the fixture at short notice and for their excellent hospitality. Nice people and a proper rugby club.
Forwards: Aaron Brown, James Lawless-Fisher, Alex Coton, Tom Dalton, Tom Short,
Josh Coleman, Ben Meadows, Charlie Tokeley.
Backs: Dave Brazier (c), Ben Morgan, Curtis Wellington, Hayden Pitt, Jordan Oliver, Jack McLaren, Lance Brooks.
Reps: Connor Ward, Myles Hibbs, Aquib Yusaf
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