4th February 2023 - 3.00pm
by Bobby Bridge – Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Moseley director of rugby Adam Balding praised his coaching team for their ‘incredible work’ after his team secured a first victory of 2023.
Before Christmas the boys from Billesley Common enjoyed a great period of form going four games unbeaten but have found the going tough since suffering defeats to Esher and Chinnor before the previous week’s high-scoring draw with Bishop’s Stortford.
But finally all came together as Jacques Le Roux, Ollie Stedman and Sam McNulty scored first-half tries before Anthony Egodo, Sam Pointon and Freddie Painter added five-pointers in the second half
“Our coaches go into so much detail, they did some incredible work ahead of Cinderford and it was great to see it delivered on the pitch,” said Balding.
“Cinderford have got a great rolling maul but we nilled them in that department which is something we should all be proud of. I don’t want to get carried away with that win but it’s been coming, that kind of performance.”
Le Roux was first to strike with the game just eight minutes old before Michael Austin responded with a converted try for the visitors from Gloucestershire.
Moseley turned the screw for the remainder of the half as their forwards took control as two powerful mauls made inroads with Stedman and McNulty applying the finishing touches.
When Sam Pointon landed the bonus-point sealing fourth try to open a 15-point lead, it was hard to see Cinderford coming back into it but Jack Shields’ try on 53 minutes cut the gap to eight.
Moseley found another gear as a sweeping move was finished by Egodo before Painter marked his full debut with a try as the forwards piled on the pressure.
“Freddie deservedly got our man-of-the-match award,” added Balding. “He was lively all game and took his try brilliantly, you can’t ask for more really.”
Rob Knox’s pair of conversions put 22 points between the teams but Cinderford did take home a point for their troubles as William Hendy and Michael Wilcox added tries either side of a Knox penalty as Moseley moved to within 10 points of fifth-placed Cinderford with nine rounds remaining. Referee: Daniel Rowlands Star man: Freddie Painter Attendance: 410