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2nd April 2022 -

BIRMINGHAM MAIL      

Rams 26, Birmingham Moseley 27     

by David Lawrence

A great week of training and the impact of coaches helped prepare Moseley for a thrilling five-point victory at Rams.

But according to director of rugby Adam Balding it was the great passion shown by his players that finally edged them over the line, Dan Lewis’ late penalty securing victory by the slenderest of margins.

“It shows what happens when, mentally, you turn up,” the Moseley chief admitted. “It has been a great week training and the lads took responsibility for what they wanted today – this was their performance. You could tell at training during the week that this was going to happen and they all played their part but I have to mention how hard the coaches have worked – Pete Glackin and Ashley Johnson – who have both been superb. 

“The one thing you can’t do in sport is feel sorry for yourself. You have to pick yourself and move on and that’s what we’ve done following the defeat by Stortford. We knew the game plan we were bringing along today and the boys executed it and they were superb.

“Rams are a great side and it was an excellent game of rugby. We left a couple of tries out there and they probably felt they had the same. But I’d say we probably just shaded it and deserved the five points. They are a good attritional side and if you don’t turn up physically you are found wanting. We knew we had to respond from last week and that’s just what we did.

“Every player showed what it means to pull on a Moseley shirt and that’s all we can ask for. Sometimes you have to realise it is a game of emotion.”

Moseley claimed two tries in each half – matched by their hosts – before Lewis slotted over the match-winning penalty five minutes from the end.

Johnson, called into action to replace hooker Sam McNulty after just five minutes, was driven over for the opener with Lewis adding the second following a line-bursting run from centre Reikiti Ma’asi. 

Hooker Max Hayman and back row Tom Vooght crossed for the Rams who led 14-10 at the interval courtesy of Sam Nicholls’ two conversions.

The second half was just as even with Connor Hayhow and Robbie Stapley going over for the hosts, Nicholls kicking one of the conversions, while Mason Tonks bagged a brace for Mose – a full-length charge upfield after intercepting a pass and a cool finish in the corner following a neat passing move.

Lewis added the extras each time and then kept calm to slot over the late penalty.

Rams: Humberstone, Rossiter, Bryant, Hayhow, Leicester, Nicholls, Cole; Marris, Hayman, Baker, Taylor, C Stapley, Everitt, Vooght, R Stapley. Reps: Moffitt, Englezos, Schroter, Kalling-Smith, Englefield.

Moseley: Benjamin, Tonks, Allsopp, Ma’asi, Pinton, Lewis, Combes; Foreman, McNulty, Tideswell, Ayling, Butler, Kiff, Fisilau, Le Roux. Reps: Langley, Johnson, Munro, Hibberd, Smith.

Ref: Alan Chandrachud

Moseley Star Man: Reikiti Ma’asi

Att: 629

 

 

Starting XV

Marris
1
Foreman
Hayman
2
McNulty
BAker
3
Tideswell
Taylor
4
Ayling
Stapley
5
Butler
Everitt
6
Kiff
Vooght
7
Fisilau
Stapley
8
Le Roux
Cole
9
Combes
Nicholls
10
Lewis
Leicester
11
Tonks
Hayhow
12
Ma'asi-White
Bryant
13
Allsopp
Rossiter
14
Pointon
Humberstone
15
Benjamin

Replacements

Moffitt
16
Langley
Englezos
17
Johnson
Schroter
18
Munro
Kalling-Smith
19
Hibberd
Englefield
20
Smith
Time
Score
Time
6

No home update

0:0

rep

Ashley Johnson for Sam McNulty

6
7

No home update

0:5

try

Ashley Johnson

7
10

try

Hayman

5:5

No away update

10
11

con

Nicholls

7:5

No away update

11
18

No home update

7:5

yellow card

Ollie Allsopp

18
23

try

Vooght

12:5

No away update

23
24

con

Nicholls

14:5

No away update

24
29

rep

Englefield for Cole

14:5

No away update

29
30

No home update

14:5

rep

Liam Munro for Jacques Le Roux

30
30

No home update

14:5

rep

David Langley for Frazier Kiff

30
38

No home update

14:10

try

Dan Lewis

38
39

rep

Englezos for Baker

14:10

No away update

39
45

No home update

14:15

try

Mason Tonks

45
46

No home update

14:17

con

Dan Lewis

46
46

No home update

14:17

rep

Jacques Le Roux for Greg Fisilau

46
48

No home update

14:17

rep

Frazier Kiff for James Tideswell

48
49

try

Hayhow

19:17

No away update

49
50

con

Nicholls

21:17

No away update

50
50

rep

Schroter for Taylor

21:17

No away update

50
60

No home update

21:17

rep

Aquile Smith for Jack Combes

60
60

No home update

21:17

rep

Greg Fisilau for Frazier Kiff

60
62

rep

Kalling-Smith for Bryant

21:17

No away update

62
64

No home update

21:17

rep

Luke Hibberd for Tom Benjamin

64
67

No home update

21:22

try

Mason Tonks

67
68

No home update

21:24

con

Dan Lewis

68
70

try

Stapley

26:24

No away update

70
71

rep

Moffitt for HAyman

26:24

No away update

71
73

No home update

26:27

pen

Dan Lewis

73
74

No home update

26:27

rep

Frazier Kiff for Harry Butler

74

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