Birmingham Moseley Rugby
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Birmingham
Moseley

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Rosslyn
Park

13th November 2021 - 3.00pm

Birmingham Moseley 8, Rosslyn Park 29

by David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail

Moseley chief Adam Balding remained upbeat after his side were turned over by a well-drilled Rosslyn Park outfit.

The visitors’ pack bagged two tries in each half to claim the bonus point but the hosts were a constant danger when they chose to run the ball with backs Sam Pointon, Harry O’Brien and Ollie Allsopp all starring – the latter on his 50th appearance for the Red-and-Blacks.

“To get nothing from the game is tough to take,” admitted the director of rugby. “Sometimes the effort doesn’t justify the reward and all we can do is keep our heads up and work hard. 

“Rosslyn Park have a nucleus of players that they have built over the past five years and they just build around that. We’re probably at the other end of the spectrum, still very much a new group that needs to keep working hard. But I can’t fault the effort – if we take that down to Bishops Stortford we’ll have a good day.”

There was little to choose between the sides in the opening period with the lead constantly changing hands.

O’Brien slotted over an early penalty for Mose only for Park back row Hugo Ellis to be driven oven from a well-worked catch-and-drive with Craig Holland kicking the conversion.

Hooker Sam McNulty then swung the game back to the home side when he was driven over the line before opposite number Jared Saunders peeled off another rolling maul to score, Holland’s kick opening up a 14-8 half-time advantage.

A searing 50-yard run from Allsopp ended when he was bundled into touch while the half-back pairing of Pointon and O’Brien kept Moseley on the front foot.

But Park’s precision line-outs continued to cause problems and two tries in five minutes from prop Austin Hay ensured there was to be no way back for the hosts although replacement Isaac McNulty did set the pulses racing when he tried to dribble the ball to the line only for it to bobble out of play.

Harry Leonard rounded off the scoring with a penalty on 68 minutes moments before Moseley’s Ashley Johnson was yellow carded for deliberately shoulder barging a player off the ball.

Balding added: “To concede two tries from line-out drive and two from pick and go is frustrating because that’s our strength. If we had been bust out wide or through the middle from good play then fair enough but we’ve been done where we feel we’re strongest so that has to be looked at.

“Rosslyn Park played well and deserved to win but I thought we played well enough to deserve a point from the game.”

Att: 643

Starting XV

Foreman
1
Traynor
McNulty
2
Saunders
Morris
3
HAy
Kiff
4
Flashman
Butler
5
Gillanders
Safe
6
Martin
Munro
7
Laventure
Johnson
8
Ellis
Pointon
9
Gash
O’Brien
10
Holland
Smith
11
Howard
Allsopp
12
Koster
Tonks
13
Scott
Dight
14
Marfo
Benjamin
15
Robinson

Replacements

Tideswell
16
Piper
Roach
17
Dawe
Langley
18
Ledger
McNulty
19
Baldwin
Cleaver
20
Leonard
Time
Score
Time
7

pen

Harry O'Brien

3:0

No away update

7
13

No home update

3:5

try

Ellis

13
14

No home update

3:7

con

Holland

14
27

try

Sam McNulty

8:7

No away update

27
34

No home update

8:12

try

Saunders

34
35

No home update

8:14

con

Holland

35
36

No home update

8:14

rep

Dawe for Hay

36
52

No home update

8:14

rep

Baldwin for Gash

52
52

No home update

8:14

rep

Hay for Traynor

52
52

rep

Isaac McNulty for Tom Benjamin

8:14

No away update

52
55

No home update

8:19

try

Hay

55
56

No home update

8:21

con

Holland

56
56

rep

Ryan Roach for Ashley Johnson

8:21

No away update

56
56

rep

David Langley for Joe Morris

8:21

No away update

56
56

No home update

8:21

rep

Ledger for Martin

56
56

No home update

8:21

rep

Piper for Saunders

56
59

No home update

8:26

try

Hay

59
61

rep

Ashley Johnson for Ryan Roach

8:26

No away update

61
61

rep

James Tideswell for Joe Foreman

8:26

No away update

61
63

No home update

8:26

rep

Leonard for Holland

63
68

rep

Tom Benjamin for Matt Dight

8:26

No away update

68
69

No home update

8:29

pen

Leonard

69
72

yellow card

Ashley Johnson

8:29

No away update

72
72

rep

Martin for Ledger

8:29

No away update

72
75

rep

Niall Cleaver for Harry O'Brien

8:29

No away update

75

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