Birmingham Moseley Rugby
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Birmingham
Moseley

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Cambridge

29th January 2022 - 3.00pm

By Andy Mitchell_______

IT WAS one of those days where anything that could go wrong did for Birmingham Moseley despite a late comeback.

Reduced to 13 men for the last nine minutes of the first half, the second sin bin bringing with it a penalty try that made all the difference in what had been a scruffy, tight game until then.

The pendulum swung back Moseley’s way as both sides made changes, Adam Balding’s replacements offering more power than their Cambridge counterparts but tries from Jack Combes and Greg Fisilau proved in vain as time ebbed away.

The clash had been littered with scruffy scrums and knock-ons until a turbulent two-minute spell towards the end of the first half for the hosts.

The only discernible difference between the sides set it in motion as Cambridge’s drive proved too powerful and prop James Tideswell made his way to the sin bin.

As pressure grew and desperation increased, replacement Ashley Johnson then joined him on the sidelines as referee Tim Allatt signalled for a penalty try.

To their credit, the 13 stood firm while being penned back and it was actually their attempt to gain territory that backfired as clever off-the-ball movement from the visitors made the most of the gaps.

Matt Hema dummied to pass before switching a simple lift to his right and into the run of Joe Tarrant who dabbed down with 35 minutes on the clock.

Back up to a full complement early in the second half, Moseley saw plenty of the ball but all too frequently found the door slammed shut and an unlikely snatch and drive forward from Kieran Frost gave Cambridge the impetus for try number three, Harry Morley eventually bustling through the crowd.

The subtle difference had been Cambridge’s superior power but that changed as the personnel did with Combes soon picking up the baton, his swift action and determined style epitomised by his try where seized upon the loose ball as a scrum broke down to jump in to score.

It set the tone for a strong finish and the power of Johnson helped Fisilau to nip round the back of another scrum for Moseley’s second a minute from the end.

They threw caution to the wind but Johnson was sent off for a second yellow card having crashed in late and Frost went in the sin bin for his reaction.

The domino effect from the initial challenge resulted in a worrying head injury for Tom Benjamin prior to a delayed last play that came to nothing.

Attendance: 709

Starting XV

Foreman
1
Morley
McNulty
2
Brownlie
Tideswell
3
Montout-Alexis
Barnes
4
Frost
Butler
5
Baxter
Hutchinson
6
Bretag-Norrris
Munro
7
Adams
Fisilau
8
Maka
Pointon
9
Duffin
Allsopp
10
Johnson
Smith
11
Asiedu
McNulty
12
Hema
Bulumakau
13
Wand
Tonks
14
Green
Benjamin
15
Tarrent

Replacements

Priest
16
Priestley
Johnson
17
Dawson
Langley
18
McCloud
Egodo
19
Veenedaal
Combes
20
Peck
Time
Score
Time
18

rep

Ashley Johnson for Kailus Hutchinson

0:0

No away update

18
20

rep

Tuoyo Egodo for Isaac McNulty

0:0

No away update

20
28

yellow card

James Tideswell

0:0

No away update

28
29

No home update

7:0

try

Penalty Try

29
30

yellow card

Ashley Johnson

7:0

No away update

30
31

rep

David Langley for Aquile Smith (Card replacement)

7:0

No away update

31
33

No home update

7:0

rep

Peck for Moutout-Alexis

33
35

No home update

0:12

try

Tarrant

35
36

No home update

0:14

con

Johnson

36
41

rep

Aquile Smith for Ashley Johnson

0:14

No away update

41
55

No home update

0:19

try

Frost

55
56

No home update

0:21

con

Johnson

56
58

No home update

0:21

rep

Dawson for Adams

58
58

No home update

0:21

rep

McCloud for Maka

58
62

No home update

0:21

rep

Veenendaal for Duffin

62
63

rep

Ethan Priest for James Tideswell

0:21

No away update

63
63

rep

Jack Combes for Andy Bulumakau

0:21

No away update

63
67

try

Jack Combes

5:21

No away update

67
72

No home update

5:21

rep

Priestley for Brownlie

72
72

rep

Ashley Johnson for Liam Munro

5:21

No away update

72
79

try

Greg Fisilau

10:21

No away update

79
80

red card

Ashley Johnson

10:21

No away update

80
80

No home update

10:21

yellow card

Frost

80
80

rep

Andy Bulumakau for Tom Benjamin

10:21

No away update

80

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