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Your News Moseley 32 - Leeds 42

In boxing terms this was a bout that matched a powerful, bludgeoning heavyweight against an

agile, dancing light-heavyweight. History tells us the smaller men don’t usually fare well. And so

it was on Saturday. Leeds, whose forwards weighed nearly half-a-stone a man more, ran hard

and straight and on six occasions right over the Moseley try-line.

But this was no mismatch. This was not a cowering Michael Spinks, beaten even before the first

of the 90 seconds it took the bestial Mike Tyson to end his 1988 world title pretensions. For a

more suitable analogy we must got back to 1937, when Tonypandy Terror Tommy Farr had both

eyes split early in his challenge to the fearsome Joe Louis but regrouped to pester the

champion for 15 persistent rounds.

Welshman Farr, a massive underdog, recovered from the opening exchanges in which it

became clear he would not be able trade with Louis and decided he must skin his cat a different


An hour later, after the toughest defence of his career and with Farr's spirit only just subdued, it

was an exhausted Louis who admitted he had never known such pressure from so indefatigable

an opponent.

Leeds' affable head coach Diccon Edwards was similarly relieved after his side escaped

Billesley Common with the victory but fully cognisant of the fact they had been in a fight.

"Moseley have a got a good set-piece, a good driving lineout and every time we scored we

couldn’t quite get away from them," Edwards reflected. “Their results show they are a really

tenacious side, who are really committed and keep going for the full 80 minutes and we couldn’t

get that extra score to shake them off."

And just as Louis relied on the points he bagged early in his contest with Farr, so too did Leeds.

Fourteen of them in fact, as Moseley slipped off a couple of tackles and allowed Chris Walker

and Jordan Davies to find a way under their posts. Eleven points down with only ten minutes

gone this looked like being a bloodbath.

But once they realised they had to keep Leeds out of range, they stanched the flow and starting

picking up a few points of their own.

The highly promising Glyn Hughes started the scoreboard ticking and their mobile forwards

begun to spring their danger men into dangerous areas. Mike Ellery cut Leeds to ribbons, Neil

Mason started to shed tacklers and Michael Maltman was the first beneficiary.

After that Moseley did trade, try for try. They were regularly tagged with heavy blows from the

visitors as Kane Palma-Newport battered his way to a brace and the splendid George Ford and

Jacob Rowan also landed blows.

But Mose responded every time as they let fly with combinations that stunned their in-form

visitors. Andy Reay, Anthony Carter and Brad Hunt kept them in a contest that looked


In the end it was but Moseley deserved their try bonus and they should look back on this match

as one in which they performed well, if not well enough.

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