Combined Colts – Tour Match
Moseley 26 – Dixon RFC (California, U.S.A.) 24
A squad of mainly under 18s but with representatives from the U16, 17 and some U 19s took to the field to welcome a similar age range team from Dixon RFC. The hosts had been kind enough to arrange the weather to show their guests what a typical English game of rugby was all about.
The visitors kicked of and started the brighter of the two teams, working the ball first right, then left and back again. Moseley were putting tackles in but Dixon were recycling quickly. They crossed the line but the ball was held up. Moseley were penalised at the resulting scrum and with a quick tap and go the Dixon No. 4 drove over the line for the opening score, the conversion attempt being unsuccessful.
From the restart Moseley had a line out which they overthrew and Dixon collected the ball. A knock on from Moseley in the contact gave Dixon a scrum at which they were penalised for early engagement. Moseley took it short and a couple of passes out towards the right saw the ball in the hands of Paul Walker who broke through to score, Ben Morgan adding the extras.
There followed a period of scrappy and broken play, with both teams loosing the ball forward, either by handling errors or in contact. Mosley had a scrum on the Dixon 10 metre line which they won. Going through the phases the ball was worked slowly over to the left wing before another ruck. Five passes later the ball was on the other wing and in the hands of Jack McLaren who had too much pace and ran in to score down the right flank, this time Morgan unable to make a difficult kick.
Moseley came close to scoring again when Jack McLaren collected another loose ball close to half way. His initial run was infield before cutting out to the right wing he was stopped just short by the last covering defender and a pass to nothing went to ground.
More broken play followed before Moseley had a scrum on their own 10 metre line. However Dixon won the ball and a couple of passes inside saw the ball with their No. 7. He broke through one tackle before carrying a couple of Moseley players on his back to touch down, again the conversion being unsuccessful.
More broken play followed, although Moseley seemed to be getting the hang of retaining possession, until that is another knock forward in receiving saw the ball presented to the Dixon No 10. Breaking through several half tackles he scored under the posts to give a simple conversion and a five point lead, with only a short time remaining in the first half.
Following the restart Moseley had a penalty which they kicked to touch. They caught the resulting line out ball, but an attempted drive came to nothing before James Baillie broke from the back and passed inside to Ben Morgan. He jinked through one tackle before running through a hole in the defence to touch down to the right of the posts. His successful kick saw the half time whistle and a score of 19 points to 17 in the home teams favour.
Moseley had been playing ‘down the hill’ in the first half, although the wind was blowing across the field for a change. With a slender lead at the turn around things looked a little uncomfortable. Fortunately the visitors had failed to read about the supposed advantage of ‘the slope’ and so were unable to capitalise on the many mistakes of the home team – although they were making enough of their own, conceding penalties, preventing them taking advantage of loose Moseley play.
From a scrum on the left side Moseley worked the ball over to the right, but with a two on one advantage a pass outside was fumbled forward with the line at the receivers mercy. Dixon won their own scrum and passed of the back for a clearance kick. Unfortunately for them the kick was skewed, went along the ground and into the arms of Jordan Oliver who jinked his way through a disorganised defence to touch down for another Morgan conversion.
Much of the rest of the second period saw both teams trying to run at their opponents, although Dixon seemed to have the lions share of possession without making progression in territory. The conditions were not helping handling, but both teams were guilty of sending loose passes. Moseley seemed unable, or unwilling to do the dirty work by dropping on the ball and securing it. Dixons continued to pressurise and were to spend much of the remaining time in Moseley territory. It was perhaps fitting that when the ball broke loose once more Moseley elected to try a hack through instead of dropping on the loose ball. The ball fell kindly to the boot of the Dixon full back whose chip through allowed him to run on to it and score. The successful conversion drew the final whistle.
It had been an entertaining game and perhaps the visitors were a little unlucky in the final score. Thanks to all of the supporters who turned out – it was nice to hear the ‘Moooooooooooooooooooooose……ley’ call from the stand at a Colts game.
On behalf of Moseley Colts and Dixon RFC we would like to thank those who put up our visitors for their short stay in the Midlands. We wish all of the players, coaches and supporters of Dixon RFC all the best for their remaining match on tour and a safe return journey. You never know, they may entertain us one day at their home ground.
Paul Walker (5 mins)
Jack McLaren (18 mins)
Ben Morgan (35 mins)
Jordan Oliver (46 mins)
Ben Morgan (x3)
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