36

Birmingham
Moseley

V

47

Rosslyn
Park

5th November 2022 - 3.00pm

By Paul Smith

Having left league leaders Rams empty-handed last weekend, seven days later Birmingham Moseley did at least have a consolatory bonus point to show for their home defeat at the hands of third-placed Rosslyn Park.

However, having witnessed their team score no fewer than six tries in a blindingly good second-half display, a bumper Billesley Common crowd were left as frustrated by their team’s opening 50 minutes as they were entertained by what followed.

And director of rugby Adam Balding was equally divided in his view of a contest which produced 13 tries, three yellow cards and some dazzling entertainment.

“The lack of urgency and energy we showed in a first half during which we made 19 errors was concerning,” he said.

“But in the second half I thought the boys were superb and that’s the type of character we need to show week-in, week-out.

“Rosslyn Park are a very good side and we showed a bit of belief in the second half which has been missing at times recently.

“I thought we should have collected a point last week at Rams and we got one today, but ultimately you play sport to win and we lost both games so you can’t be satisfied and that’s what we need to rectify.”

Playing down the Billesley Common slope and with the support of a strong wind high-flying Park soon pinned the hosts deep in their own 22 from where they drove flanker Oli Robinson over for a try which fly half Monty Bradbury improved.

Although Robinson promptly went to the sin bin for collapsing a maul, the visitors continued to impress and Arthur Ellis soon sent Walker over for their second converted try.

Good interplay from their outside backs then created a position from which Park eventually forced hooker Charlie Piper over for their third seven-pointer.

And the visitors had the bonus point on the board at the half-hour mark when Walker raced to the corner for an unconverted score.

Moseley missed a good chance when they turned possession over from a close-range lineout and Park made them pay when Piper claimed his second score from another lineout drive.

This left the hosts facing a 33-point interval deficit and their plight soon worsened when – with Moseley seemingly certain to score – Ben Marfo chance his arm and pinched an interception which he took fully 80 metres to the home posts.

After Bradbury added the conversion the red-and-blacks finally got on the board when the powerful Suvwe Obano – who later suffered a serious-looking injury – cut a good line to score.

Park hit back when Walker completed his three-timer following some neat handling but after Bradbury converted and visiting replacement Seb Strang was yellow carded it was all Moseley for the closing 20 minutes.

Ollie Stedman’s powerful carrying produced a quick-fire brace of scores from close range and Henry Robinson then became the third Park player to visit the sinbin.

After home centre Elliott Creed gathered Matt Marsh’s clever chip to score Moseley had a bonus point.

Remarkably enough time still remained for Rob Knox to score a fine converted try in support of the influential Aquile Smith and for Creed to claim a second touchdown.

And with home fly half Archie Heard tagging on three conversions, unbelievably it was the visitors who were most relieved to hear referee Dan Rowlands blow the final whistle.

Scorers & Times:

Birmingham Moseley:

Tries: Obano (46), Stedman (62) (68), Creed (72) (76), Knox (75)

Cons: Heard (68) (72) (75)

 

Rosslyn Park:

Tries: O.Robinson (3), Marfo (43), Piper (30) (40), Walker (13) (31) (53)

Cons: Bradbury (3) (13) (30) (40) (43) (53)

Attendance: 609

Rugby Paper star man: Charlie Walker (Rosslyn Park)

Half-time: Birmingham Moseley 0-33 Rosslyn Park

Starting XV

Ajayi
1
Garvey
McNulty
2
Piper
Langley
3
HAy
Barnes
4
MArtin
Butler
5
Flasnman
Obano
6
Robinson
Brown
7
Ellis
Stedman
8
Laventure
Marsh
9
Baldwin
Heard
10
Bradbury
Smith
11
Marfo
McNulty
12
Gordon
Creed
13
Glover
Pointon
14
Walker
Benjamin
15
Robinson

Replacements

Roach
16
Saunders
Priest
17
Zeiss
Barnes
18
Ledger
Knox
19
Strang
Bulumakau
20
Stanton
Time
Score
Time
3

No home update

0:5

try

Robinson

3
4

No home update

0:7

con

Bradbury

4
8

No home update

0:7

yellow card

Robinson

8
13

No home update

0:12

try

Walker

13
14

No home update

0:14

con

Bradbury

14
26

No home update

0:19

try

Piper

26
27

No home update

0:21

con

Bradbury

27
29

No home update

0:26

try

Walker

29
31

rep

Batsirai Zindi for Harry Butler

0:26

No away update

31
40

No home update

0:31

try

Piper

40
40

No home update

0:33

con

Bradbury

40
40

rep

Ethan Priest for David Langley

0:33

No away update

40
40

rep

Andy Bulumakau for Tom Benjamin

0:33

No away update

40
43

No home update

0:38

try

Marfo

43
44

No home update

0:40

con

Bradbury

44
46

try

Suvwe Obano

5:40

No away update

46
47

No home update

5:40

yellow card

Strang

47
48

rep

Ryan Roach for Suvwe Obano

5:40

No away update

48
50

No home update

5:45

try

Walker

50
51

No home update

5:47

con

Bradbury

51
51

rep

Harry Butler for Sam McNulty

5:47

No away update

51
51

No home update

5:47

rep

Strang for Baldwin

51
53

No home update

5:47

rep

Zeiss for Hay

53
53

No home update

5:47

rep

Saunders for Piper

53
56

No home update

5:47

rep

Ledger for Ellis

56
56

rep

David Langley for Jide Ajayi

5:47

No away update

56
60

try

Ollie Stedman

10:47

No away update

60
61

rep

Rob Knox for Isaac McNulty

10:47

No away update

61
66

try

Ollie Stedman

15:47

No away update

66
66

No home update

15:47

yellow card

Robinson

66
67

con

Archie Heard

17:47

No away update

67
70

try

Elliott Creed

22:47

No away update

70
71

con

Archie Heard

24:47

No away update

71
74

try

Rob Knox

29:47

No away update

74
75

con

Archie Heard

31:47

No away update

75
75

rep

Sam McNulty for Batsirai Zindi

31:47

No away update

75
77

try

Elliott Creed

36:47

No away update

77
78

No home update

36:47

rep

Ellis for Martin

78

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