Moseley drive through to the end
By Jon Meadows
Richmond kicked off down the slope and were quickly up to the ball but transgressed, the resulting penalty finding touch on halfway. Moseley gathered the lineout and passed inside, Ollie Allsopp breaking through. Tackled short of the line an offload to Elliott Creed gave an early score, Tighe Maxwell-Whiteley converting.
The visitors responded with a period of possession and were in the home 22. With a penalty advantage a clever cross field kick to the right corner found Chidera Obonna in space for a simple touch down, a difficult conversion missed.
A few handling errors were allowing Richmond to have slightly the upper hand, compounded by a loose pass going to ground which was kicked through by William Kaye, the visiting number 11, Richard Cheeseman running in virtually unopposed, Alexander Burrage this time adding the extras to bring the visitors ahead.
Richmond were having a sustained period of territorial advantage and had an attacking 5 metre lineout. The catch and drive was successful, but the referee adjudged the ball held up.
The visitors were maintaining the pressure and Moseley were struggling to get out of their half until a box kick clearance to halfway was gathered by the home team. A kick forward went too far giving Richmond a goal line drop out which was gathered by the home team who broke through a few tackles getting into the visitors 22. A short arm tackle to the neck resulted in a penalty which was kicked to the 5 metres on the right-hand side of the pitch. The line out was thrown to the front and an attempted move up the inside came to nothing. However, Moseley retained the ball and moved it quickly to the centre finding Ollie Allsopp who ran in to touch down, Maxwell-Whiteley again adding the extras. It was the last meaningful action of the half, the referee blowing with Moseley narrowly ahead 14 – 12.
The home team had a bright start to the second half, with a couple of charge downs keeping the visitors penned in. Another attacking line out, this time from about 8 metres saw another successful drive, Steadman touching down in the right-hand corner, the difficult conversion attempt falling short of the posts.
What had been a fairly tight affair began to open up, possession changing hands on a regular basis, neither team able to make much of an impression. Garin Lloyd did manage to break through, leaving two injured players in his wake, and cross the line for the visitors, but the referee again adjudged it to be held up. Moseley may have prevented the score but both Ratu Bulumakau and Tighe Maxwell-Whiteley were forced to leave the field.
The goal line drop out was gathered successfully and the ball worked up to the goal line, Luke Spring eventually burrowing through to give Edward Landray a fairly simple kick to bring the scores level at 19 points apiece.
A long clearance was gathered by Sam Pointon on the home 10 metres who proceeded on a mazy run across the pitch. With spaces opening up the referee blew for ‘crossing’, a decision strongly disputed by the home team resulting in the penalty being advanced by 10 metres. Landray’s kick was successful, bringing the visitors into the lead.
Following the restart Moseley were quickly up to the visitors’ line, the pressure was initially held before the ball was moved into the centre for Dan Brough to run in behind the posts. Pointon, who had taken over the kicking duties, took slightly too long and the conversion attempt was charged down.
Richmond were to return to the score card almost immediately following the restart, Alexander O’Meara running at the Moseley line on 10 metres chipped and chased, a kindly bounce gathered allowing a clear run at the line, Landray again successful.
The game was reaching a frenetic conclusion, Moseley with another attacking lineout from about six metres. The catch was successful, the drive at first resisted but then got going before being stopped short of the line. The referee decided this was illegal and awarded a penalty try, and three yellow cards, presumably for some afters, two to Richmond’s Spring and Monson and one to Ollie Stedman.
There was just time for the restart before the ball was punted into touch for a final score of 31 – 29, a bonus point win moving Moseley to sixth in the table, one point ahead of their visitors and just behind Rosslyn Park on points difference.
Moseley: Pointon, Smith, Creed, Allsopp, Bulumakau, Maxwell-Whiteley, Painter: Foreman, Roach, Langley, Allen, Eite, Morris, Safe, Stedman
Replacements: Holsey, Priest, Zindi, McNulty, Brough
Richmond: O’Meara, Obonna, Cheeseman, Hitchcock, Kaye, Burrage, Jones; Spring, Post, Maggs, Monson, Murphy, Wakeling, Breeze, Bright
Replacements: Lloyd, Massey, Graham, Landray, Marsh
Images: Harish Chavda