Moseley's proud home record gets hit for six
By David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail
Moseley’s previously perfect home record lies in tatters after they shipped six tries against a rampant Cambridge outfit. An early try from hooker Will Biggs and penalty and conversion by Cliffie Hodgson eased the Red and Blacks into a ten-point lead but from then on it was one-way traffic as the home side were made to pay for a string of unforced errors.
It was this hapless handling that not only had director of rugby Adam Balding scratching his head, but also frustrated flying flanker Morgan Dawes – one of the few to come out of the game with any credit.
“We didn’t have the rub of the green and had a few handling errors,” he admitted. “It demoralises the boys and then they (Cambridge) get a kick or a good line-break to put us back in our own half and we’re fighting against it. “It’s really down to our own errors. We played well for the beginning of the first half but then, come the last 20 minutes of the half, we fell away.”
After coasting into that early lead, Moseley had prop James Tideswell yellow-carded and duly conceded three tries before the break – a penalty try and breaks from winger James Martin and full-back Joe Tarrant.
he second half was just as dismal for the hosts, whose only chance of bagging a second score appeared to be in the hands of Dawes as he threatened to charge through the Cambridge defence.
o add to their woes, Moseley finished the game with 14 men following a late sin-binning for replacement scrum-half Jack Jolly and Balding knows they will have to do better than that against National One high-fliers Blackheath next weekend.
He said: “We’ve got a big game next week. Blackheath are going to be tough. I know them very well from playing against them and it’s always a tough game.
“We can not make any excuses, we just were not good enough. Both Michael Stephens and Morgan Dawes really fronted up – beyond that I am struggling. We simply weren’t at the races. “At some point the talking has to stop and the doing has to start and we will get that from everyone moving forward.”
MOSELEY: Palmer, Smith, Tonks, Joyce, Davetanivalu, Hodgson, Arr; Titchard-Jones, Biggs, Tideswell, Spink, Wright, Crofts, Dawes, Stephens. Reps: Dimen, Foreman, Lawrence, Jolly, Roach.
CAMBRIDGE: Tarrant, Martin, Hema, Brown, Henderson, Penfold, Duffin; Meek, Mayhew, Peck, Conquest, Baxter, Bretag-Norris, Adams, McCloud. Reps: Rayment, Langley, Dawson, Creighton, Green.