Birmingham Moseley Rugby
Reddings suite

Birmingham Moseley 22-20 Blackheath

22

Birmingham
Moseley

V

20

Blackheath

11th September 2021 - 3.00pm

by David Lawrence 

Sam Pointon marked his 50th appearance for Moseley with a fine individual try only for director of rugby Adam Balding to reveal that the scrum-half was ill ahead of the game.

Tries from Pointon, Ryan Roach and Aquile Smith edged the Billesley Common side to victory over their London visitors, replacement Jack Jolly slotting over the vital conversion six minutes from time to secure the win.

It was far from plain sailing though with Moseley losing two players to injury – which led to Roach switching from front row to flanker – and had to deal with prop Sam McNulty’s late sin-binning.

Balding said: “Sam [Pointon] had been ill and wasn’t feeling too clever but he put in a fine 45 minutes and emptied the tank for us which is what we’re about as a team. He was absolutely superb. Once he made that move for the try he’s gone, there was no catching him.

“I thought both sides played really well and the accuracy from both sides was very good with very few turnovers. It was another close one – we just have to break away a little bit and give ourselves a bit of a cushion. But it’s a fantastic start winning two from two and the boys have again showed true character.”

Moseley trailed 13-12 at the break in spite of out-scoring their visitors by two tries to one – Roach and Pointon bagging theirs before the break, both converted by Ben Palmer.

For Blackheath, who had full-back Nick Foster yellow carded after six minutes, Marcus Kershaw dotted down after bursting clear with Sam Evans kicking two penalties and a conversion.

A converted Stephen Leonard try added to their tally in the second half but a Palmer penalty and Smith’s late converted effort when he zipped through the Blackheath line proved just enough for the Red-and-Blacks.

Balding added: “Sometimes you can get caught up in bonus points but at the end of the day we are here to win a game and we’ve done that in our first two matches.”

Moseley: Benjamin, Smith, Bulumakau, Allsopp, Tonks, Palmer, Pointon; Priest, Roach, Langley, Barnes, Butler, Hutchinson, Munro, Safe. Reps: Foreman, McNulty, Tideswell, Jolly, Dight.

Blackheath: Foster, Packman, Brown, Kennaugh, Kershaw, Evans, Daly; Williams, Morris, Collins, Stradwick, Taylor, Leonard, Owen, Holland. Reps: Walliker, North, Ure, Hiscocks, Hennessey.

Ref: Andy Wigley

Moseley star man: Ryan Roach

Att: 971

Starting XV

Priest
1
Williams
Roach
2
Morris
Langley
3
Collins
Barnes
4
Stradwick
Dawson
5
Taylor
Hutchinson
6
Leonard
Munro
7
Owen
Safe
8
Holland
Pointon
9
Daly
Palmer
10
Evans
Tonks
11
Kershaw
Allsopp
12
Kennaugh
Bulumakau
13
Brown
Smith
14
Packman
Benjamin
15
Foster

Replacements

Foreman
16
Walliker
McNulty
17
North
Tideswell
18
Ure
Jolly
19
Hiscocks
Dight
20
Hennessey
Time
Score
Time
5

No home update

0:0

yellow card

Foster

5
6

try

Ryan Roach

5:0

No away update

6
13

No home update

5:3

pen

Evans

13
26

No home update

5:8

try

Kershaw

26
27

No home update

5:10

con

Evans

27
29

try

Sam Pointon

10:10

No away update

29
30

con

Ben Palmer

12:10

No away update

30
30

rep

Joe Foreman for Ethan Priest

12:10

No away update

30
30

rep

Sam McNulty for Ryan Roach

12:10

No away update

30
32

No home update

12:13

pen

Evans

32
33

rep

James Tideswell for David Langley

12:13

No away update

33
44

rep

Ryan Roach for Harry Barnes

12:13

No away update

44
51

rep

Jack Jolly for Sam Pointon

12:13

No away update

51
53

No home update

12:13

rep

Walliker for Morris

53
53

No home update

12:13

rep

North for Collins

53
55

No home update

12:13

rep

Hennessey for Kennaugh

55
55

No home update

12:13

rep

Ure for Holland

55
58

No home update

12:13

rep

Hiscocks for Daly

58
61

rep

Ethan Priest for James Tideswell

12:13

No away update

61
61

rep

David Langley for Joe Foreman

12:13

No away update

61
64

pen

Ben Palmer

15:13

No away update

64
66

yellow card

Sam McNulty

15:13

No away update

66
69

No home update

15:18

try

Leonard

69
70

No home update

15:20

con

Evans

70
73

rep

Matt Dight for Ben Palmer

15:20

No away update

73
75

No home update

20:20

rep

Kennaugh for Brown

75
75

try

Aquile Smith

20:20

No away update

75
76

con

Jack Jolly

20:22

No away update

76

Most recent match reports

Birmingham
Moseley

V

Taunton

Birmingham
Moseley

V

Taunton

Birmingham
Moseley

V

Tonbridge
Juddians