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Morgan Sparks Comeback

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Birmingham
Moseley

V

22

Chinnor

7th December 2019 - 3.00pm

By Paul Smith – Birmingham Mail

Sparked by a brilliant display from flanker Morgan Dawes, Birmingham Moseley almost pulled off a sensational come-from-behind win over Chinnor.

Visiting centre Jason Worrall’s 75th minute try left the Red-and-Blacks requiring a converted score to clinch the spoils.

But home hopes were finally shattered when they twice failed to secure lineout possession five metres from the Chinnor line.

Earlier, Adam Balding’s team went 17 points down during an opening 12 minutes during which a number of missed tackles allowed Worrall and flanker Joe Dancer to cross for the Thame-based visitors.

But four Ben Palmer penalties and Dawes’ fourth-quarter try brought Moseley right back into an ill-disciplined contest which saw two players from each side sin-binned, before Worrall’s second touchdown edged the verdict.

The opening quarter saw Moseley outplayed by a visiting side whose accuracy saw them convert both scoring opportunities created.

Worrall took Callum Watson’s inside pass to race 40 metres to the line for Chinnor’s opener.

And after Laurence May added the conversion, Aquile Smith was sin-binned for killing the ball as the visitors sought to translate Watson’s slashing break into seven more points.

May kicked the resulting penalty, and the visitors’ No.10 soon split the uprights for a third time after Dancer strolled over in support of another midfield break.

But from this most unpromising of starts, Moseley went on to dominate the second quarter and reduce their interval arrears to only eight points courtesy of three Palmer penalties.

The hosts, who were now unrecognisable from the outfit that started the contest, applied plenty of pressure during long periods of possession which forced Chinnor to regularly infringe.

As a consequence, the visitors lost hooker Nick Selway to the sin bin three minutes before the break, and with their scrum now finding favour with the referee, the hosts turned to play down the slope with plenty of confidence.

Palmer’s fourth successful penalty brought the Red-and-Blacks back within a score, only for the visitors to stem the flow of penalties and force their way into the home 22.

And after the hosts were penalised four times consecutively, referee Ben Russell showed back-rower Jacques le Roux a yellow card.

Despite this setback Moseley successfully repelled three close-range lineout drives and when Dawes stole possession in his own 22, he raced 50 metres downfield.

The supporting Smith was then tackled high by last defender Dancer, who as a result joined le Roux on the naughty step.

Moseley seemed extremely unfortunate not to also be awarded a penalty try, however Dawes rendered this decision irrelevant by barging over from the ensuing close-range lineout.

Palmer’s missed conversion left the scores level only for Chinnor to patiently retain possession in the home half until they finally worked Worrall into the corner for his second try of the afternoon.

Moseley then forced two late scoring opportunities when Chinnor were penalised for obstruction on their own 22, then in a defensive scrum.

However, both attacking lineouts went astray, leaving the hosts – who secured a losing bonus point – to reflect on their slow start.

Line-Ups:

Birmingham Moseley: Hodgson; Smith, Tonks, Fatiaki, Davetanivalu; Palmer, Arr; Titchard-Jones, Austin, Tideswell; Wright, Lawrence; Xiourouppa, Dawes, le Roux.

Replacements: Biggs, Foreman, Stephens, Jolly, Spink.

 

Chinnor: Ryan; Goss, Worrall, Laverick, Yawayawa; May, Watson; Pieterse, Selway, McNulty; Ramshaw, Thomas; Treviranus, Dancer, Ryan.

Replacements: Southworth, George, Ehizode, Tyas, Ashby.

 

Referee: Ben Russell

Attendance: 596

Birmingham Mail star man: Morgan Dawes

Half-time: Birmingham Moseley 9-17 Chinnor

 

Scorers:

Birmingham Moseley:

Tries: Dawes (69)

Cons:

Pens: Palmer (19) (22) (37) (52)

 

Chinnor:

Tries: Worrall (3) (75), Dancer (12)

Cons: May (3) (12)

Pens: May (10)

 

Starting XV

Titchard-Jones
1
Austin
2
Tideswell
3
Wright
4
Lawrence
5
Xiourouppa
6
Dawes
7
Le Roux
8
Arr
9
Palmer
10
Davetanivalu
11
Fatiaki
12
Tonks
13
Smith
14
Hodgson
15

Replacements

Biggs
16
Foreman
17
Spink
18
Crofts
19
Jolly
20

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