Moseley Edged Out in 10 Try Thriller
By Jon Meadows
The pre match statistics suggested this would be a close affair. And so it proved to be, with 80 minutes of play distilled to a final deciding kick after the clock had gone red.
Mosley started the brighter, their pack showing some early dominance. Following a series of rucks at close range the ball was passed to the left wing for Aquile Smith to run into the corner, Tighe Maxwell-Whiteley attempt falling just short.
Following the restart Rosslyn applied pressure on the home defence and a pass to the left wing found Benjamin Marfo who was too quick for the defenders to touch down, Joshua Bragman adding the extras.
A short period of broken play was to proceed the next score, until Marfo broke through to score his second, Bragmans kick being a formality.
A period of kick tennis and broken play was to end when Maxwell-Whiteley broke from the home 10 metres towards the visitors goal line. Hauled down just short an offload to Daniel Eite allowed a touchdown behind the posts making an easy conversion for Maxwell-Whiteley.
With the first period coming to an end Rosslyn had a series of close quarter penalties. Opting to tap and go the ball found its way to the left wing and Marfo for his third. A difficult conversion attempt was pushed wide for the half time whistle.
Moseley were soon on the scoresheet in the second half, Ryan Roach finishing a catch and drive form 8 metres, Maxwell-Whiteley’s attempt rebounding of the upright.
Roslyn Parks response was almost immediate, Jasper Cameron breaking through from close range, Bragman again successful.
The game was beginning to open up, with both teams trying to keep the ball alive. Ollie Steadman volleyed a Crossfield kick forward, Ryan Roach grounding for Maxwell-Whiteley to convert.
Ewan Fenley would score for the visitors, Bragman again adding the extras, before a penalty brought the home team to within 6 points.
The home team had a lineout on 5 metres, caught and drove, for Roach to touch down. With time up, you could hear a pin drop as Maxwell-Whiteley lined up his kick. It went just to the left of the posts to give the visitors a win by the narrowest of margins.
Visiting head coach, Steve Neville, was complimentary of the home team and was grateful to be on the right side of a tight game. It was, in his words, “a cracking game” and “a great advert for National One Rugby”.