SUNDAY MERCURY REPORT
Birmingham Moseley 43, Hull 26
by David Lawrence
Sam Pointon scorched his way to a hat-trick of tries to give Moseley director of rugby Adam Balding the perfect pick-up and subject visitors Hull to a fifth successive defeat.
The full-back bagged a brace in the first half and gathered Jack Combers’ inch-perfect kick to the corner to complete his treble early in the second period.
With four first half tries to their name, Moseley should have been out of sight at the break only for Hull to finish strongly to earn themselves a four-try bonus.
A week after a dismal showing at fellow strugglers Chinnor, it took centre Elliott Creed just seven minutes to crash over for the opener with the excellent Pointon claiming his first three minutes later, gathering Ben Palmer’s huge kick upfield.
His second came courtesy of a sublime pass out the back of his hand from skipper Ollie Stedman with Pat Zindi adding the fourth inside the opening half-hour following another excellent kick from outside-half Palmer.
There should have been more for the home side but Hull held on and started the second period on the front foot as they looked to chip away at Moseley’s 24-0 lead.
A penalty try and yellow card for home prop David Langley prompted a few nervous moments but the depleted Red-and-Blacks duly claimed their fifth try of the game when Pointon completed his hat-trick.
Creed claimed his second of the game with ten minutes remaining but with victory seemingly out of their grasp, Hull let loose and claimed three more tries in a frenetic finish.
Two of those came from wingers Iosefo Turaga and Michael Adlard with back row Will Hall also adding his name to the scoresheet with Stephen McColl slotting over two conversions.
It wasn’t one-way traffic though with the hosts going over for a seventh try late on, replacement Ryan Roach crossing after a storming run from the restart by fellow front row Hameed Ajahi.
Moseley now face a week off before travelling to Bishop’s Stortford in two weeks time.
by David Lawrence
A scintillating display from Sam Pointon saw him bag a hat-trick against basement boys Hull which had Moseley chief Adam Balding likening the pocket rocket to a former England captain.
Slotting in at full-back, he bagged a brace of tries in the first half before completing his treble early in the second period as the Red-and-Blacks eased to a maximum five-point victory.
Pointon has shown great adaptability this season with starts at scrum-half and out wide but it is at 15 where he has the best opportunity to showcase his searing pace and ability to influence proceedings.
Balding admitted: “He is a bit of an enigma in that he is equally comfortable at scrum-half as he is on the wing or at full-back but I thought he was superb today and his ability to beat that first defender, which he did time and time again, reminds you a little of Jason Robinson and we are very fortunate to have him.”
Moseley needed to raise their game after capitulating against a struggling Chinnor side just seven days earlier and they certainly showed a greater intent and hunger, running in four tries inside the opening half-hour.
Centre Elliott Creed rumbled over for the first with Pointon then bagging a brace before back row Pat Zindi got in on the act. Two conversions from Ben Palmer ensured they led 24-0 at the break.
The visitors rallied in the second and were awarded a penalty try following a number of infringements at the scrum which also saw prop David Langley binned.
But the hosts pressed on with Creed and Ryan Roach adding to the score tally while Hull put in a final flourish with three late tries to earn themselves a point.
Balding added: “The lads have trained really hard this week. We have gone back to basics around game play and defence and I thought they started with a real hunger and desire that we are looking for.
“We probably left a few points out there in the first half and could have been further ahead but there are no easy games at this level and I thought the attitude and energy shown by the boys was superb.”
Moseley Star Man: Sam Pointon (Moseley)
Match Photos by Harish Chavda (Dingle Images) and Chris Lowe