Adam reflects on undercooked performance

13

Birmingham
Moseley

V

32

Sale
FC

3rd September 2022 - 3.00pm

Moseley chief Adam Balding admitted a disrupted pre-season had left his side rusty and undercooked as they suffered an opening day defeat at the hands of Sale.

A spirited first half fightback saw them claw their way to a narrow interval lead only for the visitors to dominate the second half on their way to a bonus point victory.

“We worked hard in July and with just one game in pre-season we’re probably slightly undercooked,” Moseley’s director of rugby said referring to the fact that two of their planned games were postponed. “They have had three matches and looked more match fit.

“There was some really good stuff and we’re not going to panic. We were rusty in a couple of areas  and hopefully we can rectify that before we go to Cinderford.

“It was down to match fitness with a lot of the lads having played just 30, 40 or 50 minutes. We just need to make sure we are firing on all cylinders moving forward. There were some notable individual performances but rugby is a team game.”

Moseley certainly started on the front foot and dominated the opening stages without ever looking like threatening the Sale line. In contrast, the visitors scored with their first attack, winger Sam Adu dotting down in the corner following full-back Joe Carpenter’s break from his own half.

A second quickly followed from centre Fergus Mulchrone before the hosts hit back when skipper Ollie Steadman was driven over.

Dan Lewis kicked the extras and then two penalties before the break to hand his side a narrow 13-12 advantage.

After such an even opening half, Moseley struggled to keep with their visitors after the break particularly after flanker Huw Davies had brought up the bonus point with a pair of identical catch and drive efforts.

Adu then added his second of the game after gathering an inch-perfect crossfield kick and when the Red and Blacks had winger Elliott Creed binned for a deliberate knock-on, any hopes of a fight-back vanished.

Sale’s James Robins completed the scoring with a penalty two minutes from time.

Balding added: “Sale finished second last season for a reason and they have picked up where they left off. Credit to them, they deserved to win.”

Referee: Adam Wookey

Att: 1,113

Moseley Star Man: Suvwe Obano

Starting XV

Foreman
1
Daniel Birchall
McNulty
2
Joshua Brown
Ajayi
3
Callum Ford
Butler
4
Samir Tahraoui
Ayling
5
Nicholas Grey
Barnes
6
Hew Davies
Obano
7
Jordan Tebbatt
Stedman
8
Andrew Hughes
Combes
9
Matthew Bradley
Lewis
10
James Robins
Creed
11
Samual Adu
McNulty
12
Ben Ivory
Knox
13
Fergus Mulchrone
Egodo
14
Neville Edwards
Pointon
15
Joseph Carpenter

Replacements

Olver
16
Olatumylara Onosanya
Tideswell
17
Oliver Longmore
Fisilau
18
William Connor
Palmer
19
Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas
20
Sean Street
Ma'asi-White
22
Time
Score
Time
8

No home update

0:5

try

Adu

8
9

No home update

0:7

con

Robins

9
17

No home update

0:12

try

Mulchrone

17
22

try

Ollie Stedman

5:12

No away update

22
23

pen

Dan Lewis

7:12

No away update

23
32

pen

Dan Lewis

10:12

No away update

32
32

rep

Greg Fisilau for Harry Barnes

10:12

No away update

32
32

No home update

10:12

rep

Onasanya for Birchall

32
35

pen

Dan Lewis

13:12

No away update

35
41

No home update

13:12

rep

Hirskyj-Douglas for Carpenter

41
41

No home update

13:12

rep

Connor for Tebbatt

41
44

No home update

13:17

try

Davis

44
45

No home update

13:19

con

Robins

45
46

rep

Reketi Ma'asi-White for Toyou Egodo

13:19

No away update

46
51

No home update

13:24

try

Davis

51
52

rep

Harry Barnes for Max Ayling

13:24

No away update

52
57

No home update

13:29

try

Adu

57
57

No home update

13:29

rep

Longmore for Brown

57
57

No home update

13:29

rep

Birchall for Ford

57
58

yellow card

Elliott Creed

13:29

No away update

58
69

No home update

13:29

rep

Street for Bradley

69
69

rep

Max Ayling for Harry Butler

13:29

No away update

69
76

rep

Josh Olver for Sam McNulty

13:29

No away update

76
78

No home update

13:32

pen

Robins

78
79

No home update

13:32

rep

Tebbatt for Davies

79

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