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Birmingham Moseley 34-21 Tonbridge Juddians

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Birmingham
Moseley

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Tonbridge
Juddians

9th October 2021 - 3.00pm

  by Paul Smith – Sunday Mercury 

A superb second half display featuring some scintillating attacking rugby saw Moseley to their fourth win of the National One season.

With centre Andy Bulumakau and full back Tom Benjamin always prominent, Adam Balding’s team also claimed a try bonus point that banished memories of recent disappointments against Chinnor and Cambridge.

The visitors’ intent to play at high tempo was immediately apparent with the ball being kept alive at every opportunity.

This caught Moseley on the hop to such an extent that they conceded five penalties in the opening three minutes then lost prop Joe Foreman to the sin bin when referee Dan Rowlands ran out of patience with their repeated indiscretions.

And worse then followed from a home perspective as Tonbridge drove lock Perry Parker over for a try which fly half Tom White converted.

Moseley’s best attack of the opening quarter saw them win a penalty under the visitors’ posts following Benjamin’s slashing break. However, after opting for a scrum they were penalised at the ensuing breakdown.

But the home full back soon got his reward when he broke down the left wing and cleverly recovered his own chip ahead before diving over for a try which was upgraded by debutant fly half Jacob Fewtrell.

White was wide with a straightforward penalty on the half-hour mark but nonetheless it was Tonbridge who went into the break with the lead after Hugo Watson squeezed into the clubhouse corner for a try which White converted with a superb touchline kick.

This was cancelled out immediately following the restart when a sublime backs move saw the home centres combine before Bulumakau’s brilliant offload sent Sam Pointon racing to the posts for a try which Fewtrell improved.

And the home side were ahead for the first time five minutes later when back-rower Kailus Hutchinson forced his way under the posts following a series of close-range thrusts to claim a try which Fewtrell upgraded.

The Red-and-Blacks had the bonus point on the board late in the third quarter through skipper Will Safe who was driven over by his pack following a lineout.

Fewtrell’s fourth successful conversion gave the hosts a 14-point advantage which the Leicester academy product soon extended by a further three with an angled 30-metre penalty.

Pointon went close to claiming his second score and Moseley’s fifth when narrowly beaten to his own chip ahead by the covering Watson before Fewtrell added a second simple penalty.

Tonbridge replacement Michael O’Sullivan claimed a late consolation score which White converted.

Line-Ups:

Birmingham Moseley: Benjamin; Dight, Bulumakau, Allsopp, Pointon; Fewtrell, Combes; Foreman, McNulty, Tideswell; Barnes, Hutchinson; Johnson, Safe, Le Roux.

Replacements: Owen, Morris, Butler, Zindi, Tonks.

 

Tonbridge Juddians: Taylor-Dennehy; Chapman, Tout, Nicoll, Watson; White, Edwards; Reid, Duffy, Conlon; Parker, Louw; Foulds, Sullivan, Colderick.

Replacements: Sassone, O’Sullivan, Ashmore, Lucas, Young.

 

Referee: Dan Rowlands

Attendance: 701

Star man: Andy Bulumakau

Half-time: Birmingham Moseley 7-14 Tonbridge Juddians

 

Scorers:

Birmingham Moseley:

Tries: Benjamin (25), Pointon (41), Hutchinson (47), Safe (54)

Cons: Fewtrell (25) (41) (47) (54)

Pens: Fewtrell (58) (78)

 

Tonbridge Juddians:

Tries: Parker (5), Watson (40), O’Sullivan (80)

Cons: White (5) (40) (80)

Pens:

Starting XV

Foreman
1
Reid
McNulty
2
Duffy
Tideswell
3
Conlon
Barnes
4
Parker
Hutchinson
5
Louw
Johnson
6
Foulds
Safe
7
Sullivan
Le Roux
8
Colderick
Combes
9
Edwards
Fewtrell
10
White
Pointon
11
Watson
Allsopp
12
Nicoll
Bulumakau
13
Tout
Dight
14
Chapman
Benjamin
15
aylor-Dennehy

Replacements

Owen
16
Sassone
Morris
17
O'Sullivan
Butler
18
Ashmore
Zindi
19
Lucas
Tonks
20
Young
Time
Score
Time
4

yellow card

Joe Foreman

0:0

No away update

4
5

No home update

0:5

try

Parker

5
6

No home update

0:7

con

White

6
12

rep

Kai Owen fro Ashley Johnson (card replacement)

0:7

No away update

12
15

rep

Ashley Johnson for Kai Owen (Card replacement reversal)

0:7

No away update

15
26

try

Tom Benjamin

5:7

No away update

26
27

con

Jacob Fewtrell

7:7

No away update

27
31

rep

Harry Butler for Ashley Johnson

7:7

No away update

31
35

rep

Kai Owen for James Tideswell

7:7

No away update

35
35

rep

Joe Morris for Joe Foreman

7:7

No away update

35
40

No home update

7:12

try

Watson

40
40

No home update

7:14

con

White

40
41

No home update

7:14

rep

Sassone for Conlon

41
41

No home update

7:14

rep

Ashmore for Louw

41
42

try

Sam Pointon

12:14

No away update

42
43

con

Jacob Fewtrell

14:14

No away update

43
46

try

Kailus Hutchinson

19:14

No away update

46
47

con

Jacob Fewtrell

21:14

No away update

47
52

try

Will Safe

26:14

No away update

52
53

con

Jacob Fewtrell

28:14

No away update

53
53

No home update

28:14

rep

O'Sullivan for Duffy

53
53

No home update

28:14

rep

Young for Taylor-Dennehy

53
53

rep

Ashley Johnson for Sam McNulty

28:14

No away update

53
53

rep

Patrick Zindi for Jacques Le Roux

28:14

No away update

53
55

rep

Mason Tonks for Andy Bulumakau

28:14

No away update

55
56

pen

Jacob Fewtrell

31:14

No away update

56
62

No home update

31:14

rep

Louw for Parker

62
65

rep

James Tideswell for Kai Owen

31:14

No away update

65
65

rep

Joe Foreman for Joe Morris

31:14

No away update

65
70

No home update

31:14

rep

Lucas for Chapman

70
76

pen

Jacob Fewtrell

34:14

No away update

76
76

No home update

34:14

rep

Conlon for Reid

76
79

No home update

34:19

try

Sullivan

79
79

No home update

34:19

rep

Duffy for Foulds

79
80

No home update

34:21

con

White

80

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