Oadby Wyggestonian 12 Moseley 62
Moseley U19s travelled up the M69 to the Oadby Wyggestonians ground which is also the base of Leicester Tigers training facility and home of their academy. The fixture had only been arranged on the previous evening due to late cry offs by both teams original opponents. Possibly as a result both sides had skeleton squads of only 16 players.
Oadby kicked off and had the better of the opening exchanges, capitalising on some Moseley errors at the breakdown, and were rewarded after 8 minutes of territorial advantage with an unconverted try, which was no more than they deserved.
A short period of scrappy play followed the restart with both teams giving possession away. Following a penalty to touch Moseley had a line out on the home 22. A successful catch set up a slow moving drive until Ben Meadows peeled of the back and broke to the 5 metre line before offloading to James Bailey. He was too strong for the covering defender and touched down for Moseley’s opening try, Ben Morgan narrowly missing the conversion.
Following the restart Moseley worked the ball out to the right wing finding Jack McLaren who used his pace to break through and up to the 22 before being tackled. Moseley recycled and the ball came to Dave Brazier who put in a clever cross field kick behind the defence on the left wing. The ball bounced kindly and Curtis Wellington was able the snaffle the ball ahead of a defender and run in unopposed for his first try of the afternoon, Ben Morgan successfully adding the extras.
It was not long before Moseley were in Oadby territory once more and winning a turnover just outside home team ten metres. Dave Brazier fed outside to Hayden Pitt who broke through several tackles down the right hand side before running in to score under the posts, Ben Morgan making no mistake with the kick.
Oadby collected the ball after Moseley fumbled the restart and went through a couple of phases before loosing the ball forward. Dave Brazier collected and ran forward before passing outside to Curtis Wellington to run down the wing before he in turn passed back inside to Brazier who finished of a well worked move in the left hand corner. Ben Morgan was unlucky, with the kick rebounding of the right hand upright.
Moseley were enjoying the lions share of possession and territory, although Oadby did get up to the visitors 5 metres, but Moseley were able to avoid any scares and broke back up field. Following a scrum just inside their own half Oadby were trying to break into Moseley territory, passing the ball down the line until an intercept by Sam Shepherd who fed the ball inside. The ball was worked over to the right wing to Jack Mclren who sprinted forward before passing inside to Ben Morgan who ran in, to touch down in the right corner before failing with his own conversion attempt.
The referee forgetting this was a ‘junior’ match was playing a full 40 minutes which gave Moseley enough time for one more score. The scrums had gone uncontested due to an injury to one of the Oadby front row and it was from one of these that Moseley ‘won’ their own put in from in front, working the ball out to the right. After several phases Jack McLaren was able to break through the line and several more tackles to run in down the right. Morgan successfully added the two points and the referee blew for half time, the score line reading 5 points to 36 in Moseley’s favour.
Moseley started the second half slowly and Oadby showed that they were still up for the battle. But from a 22 drop out Moseley caught their own ball and started to make way up the pitch and into the home 22 where they were awarded a scrum on the right hand side. Riley Dinardo (who is on an exchange programme from Ontario in Canada) had taken over at scrum half. He put the ball in and with the nature of uncontested scrums had the time to pick his moment to collect the ball from the back. He picked and ran down the blind side, breaking through a couple of tackles to cross for his first try in Moseley colours and the opening score of the second period.
Following the restart Oadby had a period of possession and had a scrum just outside the Moseley 22. They chose to pick and go from the back and worked their way up towards the Moseley 5 metres before a hole opened in the defensive line. They gratefully accepted the invitation to score in the shadow of the posts, to which they added a conversion.
Moseley successfully claimed their own restart and went through a few phases before working the ball out to the left and to Hayden Pitt. He managed to break through the line before passing out to Curtis Wellington on the wing who ran down the line before cutting in field to touch down under the posts giving Morgan an easy kick.
A short period of broken play followed with Oadby shading possession before Moseley robbed the ball once more in the pass. Moseley surged forward, recycled quickly from tackles before feeding the ball out to the left wing once more to Curtis Wellington who breaking through ran in his hat-trick score, Morgan successful once again.
Oadby did not need an invitation to start applying pressure of their own, but they gratefully accepted the one that Moseley offered as they stepped of the pace a little. The home team enjoyed a period of territorial advantage and with handling errors and a misfiring lineout creeping into Moseley’s game they were able to maintain pressure of sorts. A defensive line out from Moseley on their own 5 metre line was lost, and Oadby worked the ball infield before driving over the line, only for the referee to rule that the ball was held up. The resulting 5 metre scrum was to Oadby but a handling error passing the ball off the back presented it to Jordan Oliver who ran the length of the pitch to score, Ben Morgan again making it a maximum.
With the referee playing the regulation 35 minutes for the second half there were only a couple of minutes left before the ball went to touch for the final whistle. Thanks to Oadby Wyggestonian’s for hosting what was a mostly good natured match.
With next weeks fixture being the semi final of the North Mids Cup against Worcester it was a useful run out for the lads and showed what they can achieve if only they put their minds to it. Special mention to Rhys Hibbs, who came in to ensure a full team, and had a useful game.
Congratulations also to Dave Brazier who has been selected for the Midlands Counties U20 squad
Forwards; Pat Clark, James Lawless-Fisher, Alex Coton, Ben Meadows, Aaron Brown, Myles Hibbs, James Bailie, Hayden Pitt.
Backs; Dave Brazier, Ben Morgan, Curtis Wellington, Jordan Oliver, Sam Shepherd, Jack McLaren, Riley Di Nardo.
Replacement: Rhys Hibbs.
James Baillie (12 mins)
Curtis Wellington (14, 51 & 57 mins)
Hayden Pitt (19 mins)
Dave Brazier (21 mins)
Ben Morgan (31 mins)
Jack McLaren (40 mins)
Riley Dinardo (45 mins)
Jordan Oliver (73 mins)
Ben Morgan (x6)
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