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