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Birmingham Moseley 32-7 Cambridge

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Cambridge

V

7

Birmingham
Moseley

2nd October 2021 - 3.00pm

Match Report

by Paul Smith – Sunday Mercury

Cambridge hooker Ben Brownlie claimed a first half hat-trick that sentenced disappointing Birmingham Moseley to an emphatic defeat.

The misfiring visitors never came to terms with wet and windy conditions which placed a premium on set-piece accuracy and controlled, safety-first rugby.

While their scrum remained competitive, Moseley’s lineout suffered a nightmare afternoon during which almost no clean ball arrived in the opening hour.

As a consequence, playing with plenty of possession and the wind at their backs, the home side were 25 points clear and out of sight by half-time.

Moseley’s improved second half display eventually delivered a late consolation score for the hard-working Kailus Hutchinson, but never threatened more.

After fly half Lawrence Rayner kicked Cambridge into a three-point lead Brownlie claimed his first score from close-range after a powerful lineout drive sucked in plenty of Moseley forwards.

Although Rayner added the conversion, with the home side leading by only ten points and prop Billy Walker in the sin bin, the visitors had every opportunity to get back into the contest as the second quarter began.

However, Cambridge promptly defied the terrible conditions to produce a second try of genuine quality through full back Andy Henderson who took a well-timed inside ball at the end of a sweeping move.

Worse followed for Moseley who in the course of the opening 40 minutes swapped their hooker three times in an attempt to address their lineout issues.

And it was a double blow inflicted by Sam McNulty and Ashley Johnson’s opposite number Brownlie which did the damage.

The former Nottingham hooker’s second score came at the base of a lineout drive which followed the award of a midfield scrum penalty.

And he promptly completed his second three-timer in as many weeks when the Red-and-Blacks overthrew a defensive lineout which allowed him to dive over unopposed at the tail.

Ollie Allsopp’s penalty miss on the stroke of half-time left Adam Balding’s team trailing by 25-nil, and matters soon got worse as Cambridge added a fifth try.

Henderson again was left to apply the simplest of finishes on the left wing after his forwards had pounded Moseley’s line.

Moseley winger Mason Tonks went close when he was narrowly beaten to his own chip ahead, before a series of powerful carries from replacement Jacques le Roux set up the position from which the visitors drove Hutchinson under the home posts.

Scorers:

Cambridge:

Tries: Brownlie (3), Henderson (2)

Cons: Rayner (2)

Pens: Rayner

 

Birmingham Moseley:

Tries: Hutchinson

Cons: Allsopp

Pens:

Starting XV

1
Priest
2
McNulty
3
Langley
4
Kiff
5
Butler
6
Hutchinson
7
Safe
8
Fisilau
9
Pointon
10
Allsopp
11
Tonks
12
Bulumakau
13
Ma'asi-White
14
Dight
15
Smith

Replacements

16
Foreman
17
Johnson
18
Ajayi
19
Le Roux
20
Combes
Time
Score
Time
11

pen

Rayner

3:0

No away update

11
19

No home update

8:0

yellow card

Sam McNulty

19
19

try

Brownlie

8:0

No away update

19
20

con

Rayner

10:0

No away update

20
22

No home update

10:0

rep

Ashley Johnson for Greg Fisilau

22
23

yellow card

Walker

10:0

No away update

23
29

try

Henderson

15:0

No away update

29
30

No home update

15:0

rep

Greg Fisilau for Ashley Johnson

30
33

rep

Peck for Maka

15:00

No away update

33
35

rep

Maka for Peck

15:0

No away update

35
36

try

Brownlie

20:0

No away update

36
39

No home update

20:0

rep

Jide Ajayi for David Langley

39
39

No home update

20:0

rep

Ashley Johnson for Sam McNulty

39
40

try

Brownlie

25:0

No away update

40
44

No home update

25:0

yellow card

Andy Bulumakau

44
46

No home update

25:0

rep

David Langley for Jide Ajayi

46
46

No home update

25:0

rep

Jacques Le Roux for Frazier Kiff

46
48

try

Henderson

30:0

No away update

48
49

con

Raynor

32:0

No away update

49
53

No home update

32:0

rep

Jack Combes for Sam Pointon

53
53

rep

Patrick for Asiedu

32:0

No away update

53
56

rep

McCloud for Maka

32:0

No away update

56
58

No home update

32:0

rep

Joe Foreman for Ethan Priest

58
62

No home update

32:0

rep

Sam McNulty for Ashley Johnson

62
62

rep

Peck for Morley

32:0

No away update

62
66

rep

Priestley for Brownlie

32:0

No away update

66
71

No home update

32:5

try

Kailus Hutchinson

71
72

No home update

32:7

con

Ollie Allsopp

72
73

drop goal

James for Green

32:7

No away update

73

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