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:
Tries: Obano (46), Stedman (62) (68), Creed (72) (76), Knox (75)
Cons: Heard (68) (72) (75)
Tries: O.Robinson (3), Marfo (43), Piper (30) (40), Walker (13) (31) (53)
Cons: Bradbury (3) (13) (30) (40) (43) (53)
Rugby Paper star man: Charlie Walker (Rosslyn Park)
Half-time: Birmingham Moseley 0-33 Rosslyn Park