Moseley pay high price for being such slow starters
David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail
Moseley returned home empty handed from their visit to Plymouth, who won the game more easily than the final score line suggests. Plymouth bossed the contest up front and went into the interval leading 19-0. After some stern words from director of rugby Adam Balding, the visitors played much better in the second half but couldn’t turn pressure into points.
A reflective Balding said: “It was a game of two halves. Plymouth had the upper hand in terms of territory and possession in the first half. “Plymouth also edged the battle up front but after the interval we upped the stakes and were unlucky not to score more points than we did.
“In the second half we put some good stuff together but they were tough conditions out there. “Plymouth were streetwise today and in all reality they were the better side. We need to work hard in training this week and come back next weekend when we play Cambridge.”
On a heavy Brickfields pitch, Moseley found themselves under pressure early on at the set scrums. Twice they gave away penalties but managed to keep Plymouth out with some strong defence.
he opening try scored by Plymouth fly-half Sam Moseley came from a mistake from Moseley skipper Jonny Arr who had a kick charged down. Before Plymouth could take the conversion Moseley, on the intervention of the assistant referee, were reduced to 14 when lock Dan Wright was yellow carded. Plymouth centre Connor Eastgate converted and then scored his side’s second try when he powered over by the corner flag.
Eastgate converted his own try from wide out before Plymouth scored a third with the last play of the first half. Moseley wing Aquile Smith failed to deal with a kick through and his opposite man Dean Squire pounced to slide in at the corner.
At the interval Birmingham Moseley were looking at a heavy defeat but to their credit they regrouped and took the game to Plymouth. The Red-and-Blacks started to put the home side under pressure but the Plymouth defence remained watertight and Moseley’s cause was not helped by them making too many unforced errors.
With ten minutes left on the clock the Billesley Common outfit eventually got themselves on the scoreboard when Smith did well to get the ball down in the corner. Fly-half Cliff Hodgson converted with a fine kick from the touchline but it was too little too late for Moseley.