Moseley forwards drive the points home

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Birmingham
Moseley

V

14

Cinderford

9th March 2024 - 3.00pm

By Jon Meadows

It was a cagey opening with both teams trying to keep the ball alive, the home forwards showing early dominance. Birmingham Moseley got the first score, playing with penalty advantage a clever chip from midway inside the visitors 22 bounced kindly for Ben Morris to gather and touch down, Jack Jolly easily adding the extras.

Cinderford’s lineout was to misfire for most of the contest, an early example being overthrown for Sam McNulty to gather and advance towards the visitors 22. Recycling the ball several times Dan Brough made a half break, passing to Aquile Smith on the left wing who had too much pace for the covering defenders, Jolly again successful.

Both teams were trying to play enterprising rugby by keeping the ball alive, handling errors and penalties punctuating proceedings. A catch and a slow drive from distance saw Joe Mullis touch down for the visitors, Joe Winfield converting. It was the last meaningful action until the whistle blew for a half time score of 14 – 7.

With the wind now in their faces and the line speed of the home defence, Cinderford would spend much of the second half pinned back. This is not to say they did not have chances that on another day would have seen a score. However, the Moseley pack continued to have the upper hand, a catch and drive from 10 metres allowing Sam McNulty to peel of the back of the maul to score. Jolly’s attempt rebounded off the upright.

Cinderford were to be a man down with Thomas Anderson seeing yellow for a deliberate knock on. Moseley took immediate advantage, the resulting penalty kicked to 5 metres for another catch ad drive, McNulty adding his second of the afternoon to secure the try bonus, Tighe Maxwell-Whiteley slotting a wind assisted two points.

Cinderford made some late forays into the home 22, the home team now reduced to 14 with Morgan French also seeing yellow for a knock on. The visitors also took quick advantage, Mullis being driven over from a 5 metre lineout, Winfield with the final score shortly before the final whistle.

DOR Adam Balding was understandably pleased with how the team continued to try and ‘play rugby’ and mentioned the unseen work that the squad and their coaches put in between games.

Starting XV

Foreman
1
McNulty
2
Langley
3
Allen
4
Butler
5
Morris
6
Southgate
7
Safe
8
Jolly
9
Allsopp
10
Creed
11
McNulty
12
Knox
13
Smith
14
Brough
15

Replacements

Holsey
16
Priest
17
French
18
Maxwell-Whiteley
19
Painter
20

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