Moseley end season with an impressive win

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Birmingham
Moseley

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31

Rams

27th April 2024 - 3.00pm

By Jon Meadows

After a heavy home defeat to the Champions last time out, Moseley could be forgiven if they had nerves for the visit of second placed Rams. If there were any, they were soon dispelled with an early penalty kicked to touch on the visitors’ 22. Safely gathered, some slick handling saw the ball moved to the other side of the pitch, with Aquile Smith diving in at the left corner for the opening score on just two minutes. Tighe Maxwell-Whiteley being successful with the kick from the touchline.

A deliberate long clearance kick from inside the hosts 22 found touch about 7 metres out from Rams’ goal line giving Moseley the line out under the 50 – 22 rule. Safely secured, the drive was set up but not advancing, so Ryan Roach peeled off the back to power over, Maxwell-Whiteley’s attempt pushed wide by the breeze.

From the restart, Rams had their first period of sustained possession, that is until they spilled the ball forward. Moseley gathered and passed backwards and to the left to Smith. Jinking round a lone defender, he scorched down the left wing from one 22 to the other. With contact looming, an offload inside to Freddie Painter saw him roll round an attempted tackle to score under the posts for the easiest of conversions.

Another penalty kicked to touch on the visitors’ 5 metres resulted in another successful lineout, although this time the ball went to ground. Going through several phases, the ball was worked infield and several close quarter pick and goes before the ball was passed out wide and to Sam Pointon for an easy run in and the try bonus on just 16 minutes. Maxwell-Whiteley, over compensating for the breeze, pushed the ball wide.

The visitors began to find their feet in a free flowing game. From a line out just inside the 22, they broke up to the home 5 metres, quick ball allowing Max Hayman to cross with Fraser Honeys’ kick successful.

Rams were penalised at the restart, Maxwell-Whiley securing the three points.

Both teams were taking the game to each other, typified when Rams were awarded a penalty in front of the posts on 5 metres. Opting for a scrum, they secured the ball, James McRae, the no 8, breaking to the try line before Michael Hoyt burrowed through, Honey again successful, shortly before the half time whistle with the score line 27 – 14.

The second period continued in the same free flowing manner. Hoyt scored his second from a five metre scrum before Oliver Allsopp returned the favour from similar circumstances some ten minutes later.

Hayman saw yellow for a high tackle on a flying Maxwell-Whiteley. Fortunately no injury was sustained and a piece of class when both players shook hands as the Rams hooker took his leave.

Moseley, taking advantage, worked the ball to the back of a close quarter scrum, with Callum Allen touching down in the right corner, Maxwell-Whiteley making no mistake.

Rams continued to press and had a lineout from about 7 metres on the right. Several phases later, they found an overlap on the left, Zachary Clow scoring in the corner.

With time running down, Rams had one final break from their ten metres, Daniel Swain making the initial yardage. The ball worked to the left for Rowan Grundy to continue upfield before offloading inside to Nwachukwu Monye, who had a clear run in. Honeys’ successful conversion brought the full time whistle and the final score line of 39 – 31.

It was a fitting send off for Moseley’s Ben Morris, the former Wasps and Nottingham player, for whom this was his last match before retiring. Perhaps aptly he was awarded the MSA champagne moment for his walk on to the pitch, children in arms. Ben – you will be missed.

 

Starting XV

Priest
1
Roach
2
Langley
3
Allen
4
Butler
5
Morris
6
Zindi
7
Stedman
8
Painter
9
Maxwell-Whiteley
10
Brough
11
Allsopp
12
Creed
13
Smith
14
Pointon
15

Replacements

Foreman
16
Rayworth-Brooks
17
Betts
18
Jolly
19
Knox
20

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