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Sunday Mercury Match Report

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Birmingham
Moseley

V

20

Taunton

5th March 2022 - 3.00pm

by Paul Smith

Roared on by a partisan home crowd, leave-it-late Birmingham Moseley clinched a thrilling bonus point win over Taunton Titans with two late tries.

In the process, the red-and-blacks, who were led by superb displays from flanker Liam Munro and centre Anthony Egodo, ended a winless home sequence dating to late October.

Moseley made the best possible start when skipper Sam Pointon was sent racing up the hill and into the corner by sublime offloads from Andy Bulumakau and Dan Lewis.

However, with Taunton’s enterprising attacking rugby posing them plenty of defensive questions, home hooker Sam McNulty was soon sent to the sin bin for an early tackle.

And the visitors took immediate advantage of their numerical superiority to drive flanker Charlie Wright over for an equalising score.

An entertaining end-to-end first quarter saw Pointon create another half-chance for the home side before a pacy Taunton counter-attack released winger Ollie Down only for the ball to go forward.

The visitors then took the lead through Jack Walsh’s conversion of lock Dan Swain’s score after Wright broke a couple of tackles inside the home 22.

However, Moseley hit quickly back when full back Tom Benjamin juggled Lewis’ flat pass and evaded a tackle following a spell of pressure under the visitors’ posts.

With the home lineout badly misfiring, Walsh defied the Billesley Common elements to nudge Taunton five points ahead with a well-struck 40-metre penalty a few minutes before the break.

And the Titans doubled their advantage early in the second half when full back Fransisco Dart went over in the corner following an arcing run.

Munro seemed certain to claim a third try for the hosts only for Walsh to pull off a superb cover tackle under his own posts then Moseley missed another good chance when Egodo was unable to locate his support following a powerful break.

The loss of Bulumakau and Benjamin to injuries meant Moseley – who were already without three injured midfielders – played the fourth quarter with no.8 Seb Nagle-Taylor in the centre.

But as the penalty count against Taunton mounted, Moseley grabbed a late lifeline when their forwards forced prop James Tideswell over from a close-range lineout.

Lewis missed the conversion but made immediate amends when he picked off a Taunton pass on his own ten-metre line and outran the cover for a try which he also upgraded.

This left the hosts protecting a two-point advantage through five tense added minutes before the celebrations began.

Attendance : 634

Starting XV

Foreman
1
McNulty
2
Langley
3
Barnes
4
Kiff
5
Brown
6
Munro
7
Nagle-Taylor
8
Combes
9
Lewis
10
Smith
11
Egodo
12
Bulumakau
13
Pointon
14
Benjamin
15

Replacements

Priest
16
Genade
17
Tideswell
18
Zindi
19
Tonks
20

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