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Birmingham Moseley 22-29 Chinnor

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Chinnor

25th September 2021 - 3.00pm

Birmingham Moseley 22-29 Chinnor
by Paul Smith Sunday Mercury 

Sparked by an electric contribution from replacement scrum half Jack Combes, Birmingham Moseley almost rescued a draw in the dying seconds of their National One clash with Chinnor.

However, the hosts were ultimately forced to settle for a losing bonus point when they failed to translate a final minute attacking lineout into a converted try.

And in truth Moseley’s first defeat of the season was a fair reflection of a match in which the visitors built a commanding 3-29 half-time lead through a combination of some powerful rugby and their hosts’ error-strewn opening 40 minutes.

Chinnor opened their account when Nick Smith recovered his own high ball then good support allowed James Bourton to claim a try which fly half Caolan Ryan converted.

The former Moseley no.10 then added a long-range penalty before visiting no.8 Freddie Tuilagi anticipated Aquile Smith’s attempted offload and strolled in from 30 metres.

After Kailus Hutchinson’s powerful break finally gave the home faithful something to cheer, Chinnor lost winger Kieran Goss to the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on.

However, the visitors defied their numerical inferiority to send Ryan Crowley over for their third score – again upgraded by Ryan – following a number of missed tackles.

After Jack Jolly’s well-struck penalty put Moseley on the board, home winger Mason Tonks was only denied a breakaway try by Ryan’s superb piece of cover defence.

And Chinnor’s fly half stayed at the centre of the action by promptly claiming his team’s bonus point score after his forwards had pounded the home line.

Bourton’s conversion left Moseley facing a 26-point interval deficit which they soon reduced by five when pacy winger Tonks forced his way to the corner in support of Sam Pointon’s half-break.

Good cover defence from Moseley’s tall no.11 then prevented Crowley from claiming his second score before a thunderous tackle under the home posts dislodged the ball as Tuilagi stretched for the line.

The home side claimed a second try when replacement hooker Sam McNulty steered a lineout drive to the whitewash to claim a touchdown which the newly-arrived Combes improved.

And the Red-and-Blacks were back within draw range five minutes from time when Andy Bulumakau went behind the posts following a quickly-tapped penalty to record a try which Coombes again upgraded.

The home side piled pressure on the clubhouse corner in the closing moments but when they were unable to conjure up a fourth try their unbeaten start to the season had come to an end.

Att: 577

Starting XV

Foreman
1
Tongauiha
Roach
2
Terry
Langley
3
Hardwick
Kiff
4
Ryan
Butler
5
Brockschmidt
Hutchinson
6
North
Munro
7
clementson
Safe
8
Tuilagi
Jolly
9
JAmes-Carter
Pointon
10
Ryan
Tonks
11
Crowley
Allsopp
12
Yawayawa
Bulumakau
13
Bourton
Smith
14
Goss
Benjamin
15
Smith

Replacements

Priest
16
Lines
McNulty
17
Fleckney
Ajayi
18
Combes
19
Heath
Ma'asi-White
20
Davies
Time
Score
Time
4

No home update

0:5

try

Bourton

4
5

No home update

0:7

con

Ryan

5
11

No home update

0:10

pen

Ryan

11
13

No home update

0:15

try

Tuilagi

13
20

No home update

0:15

yellow card

James Bourton

20
22

No home update

0:20

try

Ryan

22
23

No home update

0:22

con

Ryan

23
25

pen

Jack Jolly

3:22

No away update

25
39

No home update

3:27

try

Ryan

39
40

No home update

3:29

con

Bourton

40
46

try

Mason Tonks

8:29

No away update

46
66

try

Sam McNulty

13:29

No away update

66
67

con

Jack Combes

15:29

No away update

67
74

try

Andy Bulamakau

20:29

No away update

74
75

con

Jack Combes

22:29

No away update

75

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