Adam reflects on undercooked performance
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
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