Impressive James' baby steps in Moseley colours
by David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail
New arrival James Forrester admitted he would be suffering after making his Moseley debut in their wind-ravaged contest with National One title hopefuls Rosslyn Park. The centre, on loan at Billesley Common for the remainder of the season, has had little in the way of game-time lately with a new baby taking priority over rugby.
But his pairing alongside Ravai Fatiaki certainly had an impact, bolstering the midfield and allowing Mason Tonks a chance to impress on the wing. Tonks claimed a brace of second-half tries with full-back Cliffie Hodgson adding another, but it was Park who bagged the win after racking up 31 unanswered points before the break as the wind pinned the home side in their own half.
Forrester, who has represented Zimbabwe at Sevens, said: “It was a good first outing for me and I’ve had a great welcome at Moseley. “I’ve been in and out of the side at Hartpury so that’s the first 80 I’ve played in a while, so I think I’m going to be sore. It’s all about getting game-time for me now and getting my match fitness back.
“It was a tough first half, particularly with the wind. We were stuck in the corner and found it difficult to get out. We get a bit of a wind coming across at Hartpury but nothing like this. “But we came out in the second half after a chat about being direct and creating opportunities and I think we left a few out there. It could have been a bit closer.”
Two other players made their Moseley debuts. Chester Duff joined the fray on the right wing for the second half and there was also a first start for hooker Beck Cutting following his dual registration with Worcester Warriors. The visitors opened their tally with an early Greg Lound penalty and the fly-half proved a key man for the London outfit, converting all four tries and being central to some excellent running rugby.
The first of those tries arrived in the seventh minute when centre Joe Munro burst through, before two scores within three minutes midway through the half handed Park a 24-point lead. Prop Stewart Maguire crashed over from close range before former Moseley loanee Ben Howard crossed the whitewash. Flanker Arthur Ellis added the fourth.
Moseley’s second-half response started well enough but petered out and the bonus-point try eluded them. But Forrester remained positive, adding: “From what I’ve seen we have a lot of quality in the squad and we can look towards putting in a good performance against Sale next week, which will give us a cushion going into the week off and the remainder of the season.”
MOSELEY: Hodgson, Tonks, Forrester, Fatiaki, Roach, Palmer, Arr; Titchard-Jones, Cutting, Tideswell, Worthington, Crofts, Monks, Stephens, Lawrence. Reps: Foreman, Austin, Langley, Dawes, Duff.
ROSSLYN PARK: Howard, Marfo, Cheeseman, Munro, Scott, Lound, Gash; Traynor, Roach, Maguire, Twomey, Gillanders, Freeman, Ellis, Kovacic. Reps: Wade, Doran-Jones, Spencer, Lewis, Holland.