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22nd January 2022 -

Chinnor 27-29 Birmingham Moseley                       

by Paul Smith – Sunday Mercury

Scrummaging power eventually won the day for Birmingham Moseley who edged past Chinnor with their second penalty try awarded from the final play of the game seven minutes into stoppage time.

The home front row conceded 11 set-piece penalties across 80 minutes while the hosts also had four players yellow-carded, with hooker Cameron Terry seeing red as a result of his second sin-binning in the dying seconds.

Despite their disciplinary and scrummaging issues the Oxfordshire-based hosts seemed likely to claim the spoils for much of a match in which they never trailed prior to the contest’s final play.

Things looked especially ominous for Moseley during a first half-hour which – perhaps because it contained very few scrums – saw the free-flowing hosts score three tries while building a 19-7 advantage.

The first of these, which came from a 25-metre driving maul, was touched down by prop Elliot Chilvers and converted by James Bourton.

The visitors responded with a brilliant 60-metre counter-attack score, created by Elliot Bale’s long pass and Andy Bulumakau’s neat inside offload which sent Tom Benjamin racing over for a try which Bale upgraded.

However, Chinnor promptly grabbed two further touchdowns in quick succession. Good forward interplay sent flanker Willie Ryan over for the first of these – converted by Bourton – before Jason Worrall reacted fastest when former Moseley no.10 Caolan Ryan’s chip took an awkward bounce close to the visitors’ posts to claim the score.

The first sign of shifting sands came late in the first half when Moseley won a series of scrum penalties deep in the home 22. The third of these saw Terry despatched to the bin, and when Chinnor infringed again referee Andy Wigley marched to the posts to award a seven-pointer.

Bourton kicked a penalty just before the interval and Chinnor extended their lead to 13 points when winger Kieran Goss coasted over following a midfield turnover four minutes after the restart.

Thereafter Moseley’s scrum dominated the final quarter which started with Chinnor’s former Wasps prop Alex Hunt (scrum offence), their scrum-half Jack Walsh plus Moseley replacement winger Aquile Smith, who were both guilty of deliberate knock-ons, in the sinbin.

After missing a good chance when they opted against spreading the ball wide against 13 defenders, Moseley made little headway until Isaac McNulty broke two tackles to claim a brilliant long-distance individual try.

Allsop’s conversion hit the bar, but when he kicked a simple penalty to bring Moseley within range three minutes remained.

And this was enough time for Moseley to camp in the home 22, Terry to see red and the visitors’ juggernaut pack to win the match-clinching penalty try in a heart-stopping finale.

Scorers:

Chinnor:

Tries: Chilvers, Ryan, Worrall, Goss

Cons: Bourton (2)

Pens: Bourton

 

Birmingham Moseley:

Tries: Penalty Try (2), Benjamin, I.McNulty

Cons: Bale

Pens: Allsopp

 

Att: 450

Starting XV

Chilvers
1
Foreman
Terry
2
McNulty
Tongauiha
3
Langley
Curry
4
Kiff
Brockschmidt
5
Butler
Ryan
6
Hutchinson
Manning
7
Munro
Tuilagi
8
Ward
Walsh
9
Pointon
Ryan
10
Bale
Hodson
11
Tonks
Bourton
12
McNulty
Worrall
13
Allsopp
Goss
14
Bulumakau
Smith
15
Benjamin

Replacements

Hunt
16
Genade
Veness
17
Tideswell
O'Neil
18
Barnes
Glynn
19
Smith
Yawayawa
20
Combes
Time
Score
Time
11

try

Chilvers

5:0

No away update

11
12

con

Bourton

7:0

No away update

12
20

No home update

7:5

try

Tom Benjamin

20
21

No home update

7:7

con

Elliot Bale

21
22

try

Ryan

12:7

No away update

22
26

try

Worrall

17:7

No away update

26
27

con

Bourton

19:7

No away update

27
34

yellow card

Terry

19:7

No away update

34
34

No home update

19:14

try

Penalty Try

34
34

rep

Veness for Hodson

19:14

No away update

34
34

No home update

19:14

rep

Jack Combes for Elliot Bale

34
39

pen

Bourton

22:14

No away update

39
40

No home update

22:14

rep

James Tideswell for David Langley

40
40

No home update

22:14

rep

Harry Barnes for Frazier Kiff

40
40

rep

Hunt for Tongauiha

22:14

No away update

40
40

rep

Hodson for Veness

22:14

No away update

40
43

try

Goss

27:14

No away update

43
53

No home update

27:14

rep

Aquile Smith for Sam Pointon

53
54

yellow card

Hunt

27:14

No away update

54
55

yellow card

Walsh

27:14

No away update

55
59

No home update

27:14

yellow card

Aquile Smith

59
54

rep

Tonguiha for Hodson

27:14

No away update

54
57

rep

Glynn for Brockhurst

27:14

No away update

57
61

rep

O'Neil for Chilvers

27:14

No away update

61
62

No home update

27:14

rep

JC Genade for Liam Munro

62
62

No home update

27:14

rep

David Langley for Joe Foreman

62
66

rep

Yawayawa for Tonguaiha

27:14

No away update

66
67

No home update

27:19

try

Isaac McNulty

67
78

rep

Veness for Goss

27:19

No away update

78
78

No home update

27:22

pen

Ollie Allsopp

78
80

red card

Terry

27:22

No away update

80
80

No home update

27:29

try

Penalty Try

80

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