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Birmingham Moseley 15 - 11 Rotherham

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Birmingham
Moseley

V

11

Rotherham

5th October 2019 - 3.00pm

Second half tries from Aaron Crofts and Oli Morris steered Birmingham Moseley to a come-from-behind 15-11 National One home win over Rotherham Titans.

The hosts trailed 3-11 at the end of an opening 40 minutes during which Lewis Wilson crossed for the visitors while former Moseley fly half Sam Hollingsworth added two penalties.

Ben Palmer had kicked the home side’s only points before the break, and he also added a conversion during a second period in which the Red-and-Blacks held Rotherham scoreless.

This result leaves Moseley jointly in second place in the table after five rounds of action, alongside Rosslyn Park and Cinderford. All three clubs trail leaders Richmond by four points.

The contest was barely out of the starting blocks when Rotherham claimed the only try of the first 40 minutes.

The visitors’ midfield loop released full back Sam Allan on halfway from where he galloped to the base of the home posts. Although Moseley eventually dragged him down, visiting flanker Wilson was on hand to regather and score.

Titans’ prop Harry Whitfield was then held up in goal before Hollingsworth split the uprights from 30 metres when referee Roberts returned for an earlier Moseley high tackle.

A series of forward carries then took play into the visitors’ territory for a sustained spell, and when Rotherham infringed on the ground Palmer drilled over a 22-metre penalty.

The Titans twice used the slope to good effect to take play into the home 22 where they won a penalty on the ground which Hollingsworth translated into three points with a well-struck kick.

This left Rotherham with an eight-point interval advantage which the hosts soon cut by seven thanks to Crofts’ first try of the season.

The lock powered over from close range after Palmer planted a penalty won by a long spell of Moseley continuity accurately to the corner.

The home No.10 also converted, and the hosts then took the lead for the first time soon after a dangerous Rotherham move was stopped deep in the home 22 by a forward pass.

Worcester Warriors’ academy centre Morris claimed the touchdown after breaking a number of tackles following a flowing multi-phase handling move.

The hosts played some flowing attacking rugby in the fourth quarter, but three times failed to apply the finishing touch which would have made the points secure.

When Jonny Arr broke from his own five-metre line, Mason Tonks burst to halfway before quick hands released Aquile Smith down the left. But with the try-of-the-season award beckoning, Cliffie Hodgson narrowly failed to hold the winger’s out of the tackle scoring pass.

Morgan Dawes was then unable to hang on to Kieran Joyce’s offload when under heavy pressure on Rotherham’s tryline.

And when Morris escaped down the right, his scoring pass to Tonks again went to ground.

This meant the visitors had one last opportunity when they put a penalty into the home 22, but Moseley’s defence held firm to deliver a third consecutive home win.

Starting XV

Foreman
1
Austin
2
Tideswell
3
Crofts
4
Wright
5
Monks
6
Dawes
7
Le Roux
8
Arr
9
Hodgson
10
Davetanivalu
11
Fatiaki
12
Morris
13
Smith
14
O’Brien
15

Replacements

Tanner
16
Titchard-Jones
17
Stephens
18
Jolly
19
20
Tonks
22
Time
Score
Time
2

No home update

0-5

try

Wilson

2
10

No home update

0-8

pen

Hollingsworth

10
21

pen

Ben Palmer

3-8

No away update

21
28

No home update

3-11

pen

Hollingsworth

28
41

rep

Morgan Monks for Morgan Dawes

3-11

No away update

41
41

rep

Jonny Arr for Jack Jolly

3-11

No away update

41
47

try

Aaron Crofts

8-11

No away update

47
48

con

Ben Palmer

10-11

No away update

48
50

rep

Morgan Dawes for Aaron Crofts

10-11

No away update

50
58

rep

Rhodri Tanner for Peter Austin

10-11

No away update

58
58

rep

Alex Hunt for Osman Dimen

10-11

No away update

58
60

try

Oli Morris

15-11

No away update

60
66

rep

Ethan Priest for Joe Foreman

15-11

No away update

66
80

rep

Peter Austin for Morgan Monks

15-11

No away update

80

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