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Nottingham Defeated at Motivated Moseley

Nottingham Rugby went down to a 29-15 defeat away to an incredibly motivated Moseley side.

The side from Birmingham looked determined from the first whistle to build on their win over Ealing last time out and took the game by the scruff of the neck.

For long periods of the game they held on to the ball, refusing to kick unless they absolutely had to.  They made the pressure tell and kept the scoreboard ticking over with two tries and the metronomic kicking of replacement fly half Caolin Ryan.

Nottingham struggled for fluency with the ball in hand and their cause wasn't helped by an early injury to Rupert Cooper.  Two sin bins in the second half for Tom Calladine and Michael Holford didn't help either.

Nottingham again defended valiantly, but it is in attack and playing for long periods without any ball which are preventing Nottingham competing on the scoreboard this season.


After the encouraging performance that brought an impressive win against Bedford a week earlier there was much expectation that a corner had been turned.

But the Green and Whites rarely matched that level of performance on a disappointing day at Billesley Common, and can have no complaints about Moseley's 29-15 win.

Once again yellow cards didn't help, but the greater cause for concern was the defence that allowed Moseley to tear through the middle for a couple of first half tries.

Matt Jarvis kicked five penalties for Nottingham, but only on a handful of occasions did they look capable of forcing a try against a solid home defence.

Jarvis and debutant fly half Caolan Ryan exchanged a couple of early penalties apiece before a penalty from Jarvis had briefly given Nottingham the lead.

But Moseley looked particularly fired up for this game and twice cut through the middle to send Tony Carter and Adam Parkins in for tries, both converted by Ryan, for a 20-9 lead, before Jarvis slotted over a penalty to make it 20-12 at the break.

Nottingham had, by this stage, lost Rupert Cooper with a nasty looking injury, and their cause was further hampered when Tom Calladine was sin-binned early in the second half, Ryan making it 23-12 with the resulting penalty.

Inevitably they were forced to defend as the home side looked to capitalise on their one-man advantage, and conceded another penalty for Ryan to make it 26-12.

Another exchange of penalties between Jarvis and Ryan completed the scoring, but Michael Holford's yellow card put the Green and Whites back on the defensive.

They finished the game strongly, putting Moseley under pressure, but their best chance of a try went begging as they created an overlap only to pass forward.



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