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.
FULL MATCH REPORT BY ANDI STARR
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.