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Moseley

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Leeds
Tykes

23rd October 2021 - 3.00pm

by Tom Hallam-Gravells

Sunday Mercury 

A last-gasp wonder try from Aquile Smith secured Birmingham Moseley a narrow victory over Leeds Tykes.

In an entertaining game where the lead constantly switched, Smith’s try proved the difference and ensured the Billesley Common outfit’s strong home form continued.

The victory looked like it might be more straightforward as Moseley dominated the early exchanges.

They were rewarded when Samuel Pointon capitalised on a Leeds fumble to dot down. Jacob Fewtrell added the extras and converted two penalties to give Moseley a strong lead.

The visitors had the worst defensive record in the league prior to the game, so the Billesley Common outfit would have hoped to have built on that lead. Instead, it was Leeds who bagged three quick-fire tries of their own through Charlie Venables, Kieran Davies and Jacob Brady. Venables added two conversions.

That knocked Moseley’s confidence but they showed great resilience and narrowed the lead via a Fewtrell penalty.

Capping off a back-and-forth half, Mose then recaptured the lead through a Jack Combes try, the fly half showing nimble footwork to power over. Fewtrell’s strong kicking continued to ensure Moseley reached half time with a narrow 23-19 lead.

While the first half was frantic, the second started more calmly, a Venables penalty for Leeds keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

Things sparked back to life when Jacques Le Roux received a yellow after failing to release in the tackle. That gave the visitors a confidence boost and they took full advantage through a Benjamin Dixon try, Venables again adding the extras.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Moseley started to impose themselves on the game and deservedly bagged another try when Mason Tonks dotted down in the corner.

Harry Butler was then held up within touching distance of the line as Mose looked destined to retake the lead.

In-keeping with the back-and-forth nature of the game, it was Leeds who gained a little extra breathing space through another Venables penalty.

With the minutes ticking down, it looked like that would be enough for Leeds until Smith’s wonder try in the dying moments sealed the home victory. The winger had plenty to do when he received the ball on half way but showed blistering pace to glide past two Leeds players.

Fewtrell couldn’t add the extras but there was no time for Leeds to respond, with Moseley securing a hard-fought and narrow victory over the visitors.

Att: 769

Starting XV

Owen
1
Pleasants
McNulty
2
Brown
Ajayi
3
Hardman
Hutchinson
4
Brady
Butler
5
Burke
Safe
6
Lloyd
Zindi
7
Smith
Le Roux
8
Collins
Combes
9
lloyd
Fewtrell
10
Davies
Pointon
11
Jukes
Allsopp
12
Tincknell
Ma'asi-White
13
Dixon
Tonks
14
Venebles
O’Brien
15
Lawson

Replacements

Priest
16
barry
Morris
17
Peace
Roach
18
Bell
Fisilau
19
Hardwick
Smith
20
Turagabeci
Time
Score
Time
6

pen

Jacob Fewtrell

3:0

No away update

6
7

try

Sam Pointon

8:0

No away update

7
8

con

Jacob Fewtrell

10:0

No away update

8
10

pen

Jacob Fewtrell

13:0

No away update

10
12

No home update

13:5

try

Venables

12
13

No home update

13:7

con

Venables

13
19

No home update

13:12

try

Davies

19
20

No home update

13:14

con

Venables

20
22

pen

Jacob Fewtrell

16:14

No away update

22
24

No home update

16:19

try

Brady

24
34

rep

Joe Morris for Jide Ajayi

16:19

No away update

34
39

try

Jack Combes

21:19

No away update

39
40

con

Jacob Fewtrell

23:19

No away update

40
49

No home update

23:22

pen

Venables

49
50

yellow card

Jacques Le Roux

23:22

No away update

50
53

No home update

23:27

try

Dixon

53
54

No home update

23:29

con

Venables

54
54

rep

Ethan Priest for Kai Owen

23:19

No away update

54
54

rep

Greg Fisilau for Patrick Zindi

23:19

No away update

54
57

try

Mason Tonks

28:29

No away update

57
59

rep

Aquile Smith for Reiketi Ma'asi-White

28:29

No away update

59
64

No home update

28:29

rep

Bell for Collins

64
64

No home update

28:29

rep

Peace for Pleasants

64
64

No home update

28:29

rep

Hardwick for Lloyd

64
67

rep

Ryan Roach for Sam McNulty

28:29

No away update

67
67

rep

Jide Ajayi for Joe Morris

28:29

No away update

67
68

No home update

28:32

pen

Venables

68
78

try

Aquile Smith

33:32

No away update

78

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