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Coventry 27 Moseley 10

Friday 26th December 2008

Written by John Butler

Victories do not come much sweeter than this one ! Beaten by their Birmingham rivals on the last two occasions the clubs have met, Coventry were in mood to let this one slip by as Moseley were pegged back firmly almost from the beginning.

The only real disappointment it has to be said was the inability to secure the bonus point, which frankly should have been in the bag long before the end and might still have been secured in the dying moments.

This however was a crucial must win game as far as Cov were concerned and for the fine Boxing Day crowd there was never really much doubt Coventry President Peter Rossborough would be receiving back the Moseley Trophy at the end of the match.

Moseley it has to be said did not help their own cause with some very poor discipline, Nathan Williams and Caves in the first half and Arnold in the second receiving yellow cards for an assortment of infringements meaning they played a full half hour with 14 men, with Cov hooker Chris Whitehead also receiving yellow on 61 minutes after referee Kitt adjuged the ball had been killed.

Right from the kick off a Vasey penalty attempt from 35 metres fell short and from that point Moseley were never again in realistics contention. On just four minutes Myles Dorrian slotted a 32 metre penalty after a ruck offence and three minutes later Coventry were 10 points to the good following a really excellent move. Ollie Winter made a great surge down the left against his former club and with the ball re cycled right new on loan centre from Worcester Alex Grove was able to run through the remainder of Moseley’s flimsy cover for a debut try, Dorrian converting well.

Another Moseley infringement saw Dorrian slot a second penalty after 12 minutes, the first two Moseley yellow cards following before the half hour, with Cov’s Jamie Miller being held up in the left hand corner.

A further try had to come and it came courtesy of good line out ball close to the visitors line. After the ball was thrown long, an enormous gap opened up in the middle through which a delighted Nathan Jones, having a fine match against the club who had been keen to sign him before his arrival at Cov, stormed through before diving in triumphantly for a second try of the season, Myles Dorrian again converting well.

After the referee had adjudged Will Hurrell had obstructed a chip ahead, Vasey landed a 38 metre Moseley penalty, there however still being time for Ben Russell in injury time to also come mighty close. 20 –3 at the break, for beleagured Moseley, it could and perhaps should already have been a lot worse.

Overall the second half was much more closely contested. After Dorrian had pulled wide a penalty attempt, Moseley full back Binns somehow managed to knock on when it almost seemed easier to score, before two minutes later visiting lock Arnold received his yellow for stamping.

Then on 52 minutes, the ubiquitous Laurie McGlone, who caused Moseley wholesale problems throughout with an outstanding performance set off on one of his trademark bursts. With the red and blacks failing to find touch from near their line, Will Hurrell gathered the clearance before feeding Cov’s Kiwi Number 8. McGlone did the rest, a 30 metre burst through a despairing defence taking him in for a great individual try, Dorrian once more adding the extras.

After 61 minutes came the Whitehead yellow, George Dixon ,now on as a replacement breaking out of defence before being held just after half way. An excellent Hurrell tackle on Bressington thwarted Moseley before the visitors claimed their only try, forward pressure finally being rewarded when lock Muldowney crossed for Vasey to land an excellent conversion.

After yet another superb Mc Glone solo almost brought try number four, a break from a half way scrum being held close in, before five minutes into added on time, another replacement Tommy

Hayes shot through only to see his final pass not go to hand and the final opportunity to claim a much needed bonus point had been lost.

Overall though a victory that was sweet and thoroughly deserved and a move two places up the table until at least the rest of the weekend matches had been completed.

Coventry. Ben Russell, Will Hurrell, Alex Grove, Donovan Sanders, Ollie Winter, Myles Dorrian, Nathan Jones, Rob Dugard, Chris Whitehead, Rudi Brits, Sam Herrington, Carl Burgess, Henno Venter (Capt), Jamie Miller, Laurie McGlone.

Replacements; Ricky Whitehall for Brits, George Dixon for Sanders, Stewart Pearl for Whitehead, Tommy Hayes for Grove, David Lyons for Burgess, Ben Pons for Miller, Mike Walls for Jones.

Coventry. Tries; Alex Grove, Nathan Jones, Laurie McGlone. Conversions; Myles Dorrian 3. Penalty goals; Dorrian 2

Moseley. Try; Ally Mulldowney. Conversion; Richard Vasey. Penalty goal; Vasey

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