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9th April 2022 - 3.00pm

by David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail

Frustrated Moseley chief Adam Balding admitted his side were found wanting both physically and defensively at times against a rampant Sale outfit who ran in seven tries in their bid to secure the National One crown.

The hosts ran in four tries of their own to claim a bonus point but the director of rugby was annoyed that the margin of defeat was so great.

“They are up there at the top of the table for a reason and I would say they are probably the in-form team with ball in hand – they play a great brand of rugby,” Balding said. “But we were the makers of our own downfall in terms of defence and, physically, I don’t think we were on it and for me it wasn’t good enough. 

“There was some good stuff in terms of the tries we scored and the endeavour and that we played with energy but you have to look at where we were trying to play the game from and I think we got that wrong in the second half.

“I’m frustrated because I didn’t think 24-43 was a fair reflection of the game – I’m not saying that we should have won but it should have been closer than what it was.”

The margin was much closer at the break with Sale leading 17-10 but three tries at the start of the second period took them clear and although Moseley finished strongly, there was to be no way back.

Reikiti Ma’asi and Mason Tonks claimed first half tries for the hosts with back row pair Jordan Tebbatt and Andy Hughes responding before veteran Sale centre Fergus Mulchrone added a third.

Scrum-half Matt Bradley, prop Dan Birchall and winger Nev Edwards ran in their quick-fire treble at the start of the second half before Tebbatt claimed his second.

Tonks also bagged a brace before Jacques Le Roux finished things off late on and Balding praised his in-form winger who has chalked up four tries in his last two matches.

“He [Tonks] has rediscovered his form,” he said. “Wingers are like strikers in football – they need to score for confidence and in the last two games he has been superb.

“A lot of it is about what you do off the ball and his workrate is good – he knows it is something he needs to keep working at but he has found some form at the back end of the season. He’s on 11 tries which is a good strike rate.”

Ref: Tim Allatt

Moseley Star Man: Mason Tonks

Attendance: 954

Starting XV

Foreman
1
Birchall
Genade
2
Brown
Higgins
3
Harper
Ayling
4
Tahraoui
Butler
5
Grey
Hutchinson
6
Hughes
Fisilau
7
Tebbatt
Le Roux
8
Priestley-Nagel
Combes
9
Bradley
Lewis
10
Dixon
Pointon
11
Walsh
Ma'asi-White
12
Robins
Allsopp
13
Mulchrone
Tonks
14
Edwards
Benjamin
15
Carpenter

Replacements

Tideswell
16
Ford
Roach
17
Longmore
Munro
18
Onasanya
Hibberd
19
Doherty
Palmer
20
Bradley
Time
Score
Time
17

try

Reiketi Ma'asi-White

5:0

No away update

17
21

No home update

5:5

try

Tebbatt

21
22

No home update

5:7

con

Robins

22
25

No home update

5:12

try

Hughes

25
28

try

Mason Tonks

10:12

No away update

28
34

No home update

10:17

try

Mulchrone

34
41

rep

Luke Hibberd for Tom Benjamin

10:17

No away update

41
41

rep

Liam Munro for Kailus Hutchinson

10:17

No away update

41
41

No home update

10:17

rep

Ford for Harper

41
44

No home update

10:22

try

Bradley

44
45

No home update

10:24

con

Robins

45
47

No home update

10:29

try

Tebbatt

47
47

No home update

10:29

rep

Doherty for Dixon

47
48

No home update

10:31

con

Robins

48
48

rep

Ryan Roach for JC Genade

10:31

No away update

48
48

rep

James Tideswell for Joe Foreman

10:31

No away update

48
52

rep

Kailus Hutchinson for Jacques Le Roux

10:31

No away update

52
52

No home update

10:31

rep

Longmore for Brown

52
52

No home update

10:31

rep

Onasanya for Birchall

52
54

No home update

10:36

try

Edwards

54
54

No home update

10:36

rep

Brady for Walsh

54
55

No home update

10:38

con

Robins

55
59

rep

Joe Foreman for Jack Higgins

10:38

No away update

59
62

try

Mason Tonks

15:38

No away update

62
62

rep

Jacques Le Roux for Harry Butler

15:38

No away update

62
62

No home update

15:38

rep

Walsh for Bradley

62
63

con

Dan Lewis

17:38

No away update

63
64

No home update

17:38

rep

Dixon for Carpenter

64
66

No home update

17:43

try

Tebbatt

66
66

No home update

17:43

rep

Brown for Gray

66
69

rep

Ben Palmer for Sam Pointon

17:43

No away update

69
74

try

Jacques Le Roux

22:43

No away update

74
75

con

Dan Lewis

24:43

No away update

75
78

rep

JC Genade for Kailus Hutchinson

24:43

No away update

78

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