I followed it blow by blow on Twitter - for which many thanks, incidentally - it's a really excellent service. I can't say how disappointed I feel - looked like we should have clinched it - but yellow cards and penalty tries obviously cost us. There seem signs that we can really compete - but it's as nothing if we can't convert it into wins. I look forward to analysis and perhaps the match video.
The referee might have been dishing out cards to Moseley players like it was Christmas (oh, hang on a minute...) but Mose were getting hammered in the scrum for the first 15 minutes and almost all of the second half.
I find it hard to complain about either penalty try, but, as usual, Mose were the architects of their own downfall. Knocking on from the first kick-off and a player in front picking up to concede the penalty. Quickly 0-12 down, it was only a mighty scrap which seemed to knock Rams out of their stride and Moseley had an exceptional 25 minutes to lead 21-12 at the oranges.
Mose held out strongly for much of the second period and when a penalty put Mose 8 ahead close to the 80 minute mark it looked as though they might just make it.
Sadly, a silly knock-on from the restart and we never had the ball again. The final play looked like we were going to uncontested scrums at which point Mose would presumably have been down to 12 players, but a successful Rams penalty led to their win.
Some grounds for optimism, but enough to worry about.
Shame Spinksy wasn't taken off just before their pushover try as he had pretty well been knocked unconscious moments before from where I was stood behind the goalposts it was clear to see. He was in no condition to contest that scrum.
Post by kingsheathlad on Dec 21, 2019 19:55:08 GMT
Great effort after being 0-12 down to lead at HT. 4 yellow cards killed us but we were under the cosh in the scrum. We got a point and three below us got none Cambridge won but Plymouth lost so we gained a bit possibly. A break now so wish all players and supporters a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year a also a wish for five poi ts at Bishops Stortford. COME ON MOSE......
I was sat in the heart of the main stand surrounded by Moseley fans..I don't remember hearing any negative comments from anyone around me,just appreciation for a hard fought game. Thank you for your effort and a great game to watch..onwards and upwards
There is absolutely no doubting that the lads put everything into the game and were just as gutted as we all were that we didn’t win. My question is - we ask practically the same set of players to give their all each week. We have I believe around 7 dual registered/ loan players but none of them featured yesterday. What is the point of this facility if these guys are only available occasionally?
We lost yesterday because Rams have a bulldozer of a pack,and were able to deploy it near our line. We played all the good rugby, their backs didn't offer much. But we also made too many handling errors and again discipline let us down.
The coaching team must know where to concentrate training time. Please make it happen.
This fortnight is probably the most important time at the Club for many years. This will be the only chance to bring all our good play to the forefront and learn from some big errors in part 1 of the season. Players we have brought in now have to take on the challenge from Jan to April and provide the consistancy that has thwarted us to date. We'll look out for comments on this from the Coaches