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Birmingham
Moseley

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Cambridge

12th November 2022 - 3.00pm

by David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail

Moseley chief Adam Balding hailed his side’s best performance of the season after they edged out title-chasing Cambridge in the dying seconds of a scintillating game of rugby at Billesley Common.

Trailing to a 79th minute converted try, the Red-and-Blacks instantly regrouped and surged upfield where they were awarded a penalty try after a maul was hauled down just short of the line.

The director of rugby said: “Cambridge are a good side and we had to work for every scrap on the pitch but I thought we deserved to win. I’m over the moon for the players and also for the coaches because they rarely get the praise. They have been superb, not doubting themselves and have been working really hard.

“That’s our best performance of the season. It’s frustrating because we’ve shown glimpses and although we’ve made mistakes today they weren’t in areas of the pitch where it hurt us too much.

“We keep going for this perfect performance but that doesn’t exist – even the All Blacks make mistakes. We have been looking for an 80-minute performance and we haven’t delivered, the boys know that. Confidence has been up and down but I think last Saturday against Rosslyn Park showcased the heart, belief and passion of the lads.”

There was little to choose between the sides throughout an entertaining encounter with tries from fly-half Stefan Jones and full-back Joe Tarrant helping the visitors to a 12-7 half-time lead with winger Aquile Smith going over for the hosts.

A converted effort from Cambridge winger Kwaku Asiedu could have propelled them to a straightforward win but the try sparked Mose into action with Smith claiming his second try of the game before a trademark Jacques Le Roux charge rounded off a sumptuous back row move.

Ollie Allsopp’s conversion and a penalty from Dan Lewis, back in action after recovering from an early season elbow injury, handed the hosts the lead for the first time.

A last minute try from visiting prop Seb Brownhill threatened to steal the points only for that dramatic late penalty try from the last move of the game to ensure that they stayed in Birmingham.

Moseley: Pointon, Smith, Knox, I McNulty (Creed 60), Bulumakau, Allsopp (Lewis 64), Marsh (Allsopp 76); Ajayi (Priest 39 (Ajayi 67)). Roach (S McNulty 48), Langley (Priest 76), Thomas, Butler (Barnes 48), Le Roux (Butler 71), Morris, Stedman.

Cambridge: Tarrant, Asiedu, Williams, Lloyd, Brough (Green 60), James, Duffin (Dabell 54); Morlie (Brownhill 46), Brownlie, Walker, Frost, Baxter, Bretag-Norris, Benjamin, Maka. Reps (not used): Priestley, Sloot.

Ref: Owen Taylor

Att: 476

Star Man: Ollie Stedman

Starting XV

Ajayi
1
Roach
2
Langley
3
Thomas
4
Butler
5
Le Roux
6
Morris
7
Stedman
8
Marsh
9
Allsopp
10
Bulumakau
11
McNulty
12
Knox
13
Smith
14
Pointon
15

Replacements

McNulty
16
Priest
17
Barnes
18
Lewis
19
Creed
20

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