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Your News Coventry 25 Moseley 28

Written by John Butler

Saturday, 03 October 2009

Over the 130 years of the history of this local derby, there have been numerous discussion points, arguments and counter ones as well. This latest one for the good sized crowd which witnessed it will certainly be remembered for a lot of reasons.

Not least for the decisions of referee Luke Pearce is awarding Moseley through the match three penalty tries, it itself surely a record. Confused, anger, bitter disappointment, one could use any number of expressions to try and sum up from a Coventry point of view post match, ultimately however nothing will change the result at the end of a very, very controversial match.

One point does need making very clearly. Coventry again paid a very high price for yellow card indiscretions, two on this occasion which saw Moseley score 21 of their points during those twenty minutes when home numbers were down.

Coventry it was though through debutant fly half George Crook who applied the first points to the board, the on loan player from Worcester slotting a penalty after 8 minutes. Cov’s first half performance overall for the next half an hour was however decidedly second best, Moseley winning constant possession camping in the home half. The first yellow on 18 minutes saw Jamie Miller dismissed for interfering in an offside position, Thirlby missing badly however from 30 metres. Not to be denied Moseley kept pressing with four minutes later the depleted Coventry pack being deemed to infringe after several close in scrums, saw the referee award a penalty try converted by Thirlby.

Four minutes later and it 3 -14. Some 30 metres out Moseley’s dual registered centre May broke a tackle to speed over, Thirlby this time adding a more difficult conversion.

In took to the 31st minute for Cov to really rouse themselves in their opponents half, Crook missing a penalty from 37 metres after a scrum infringement, before Will Hurrell, a potent and dangerous threat though out saw the man of the match right wing burst through before being held. Visiting captain Mason was then yellow carded after a high tackle on Hurrell and to the relief of the home contingent George Crook was able to slot through for Cov’s opening try which he failed to convert. On the overall evidence of the first half though 8 -14 at the break better than earlier looked likely.

If Moseley had had much the better of the first half that factor was soon to change after the break as Coventry came out with guns blazing. Within a minute an astute Crook punt across field only just eluded Hurrell, Jamie Hall and Chris Lewis both being held close in. Try number two had to come though and it was danger man Will Hurrell who supplied a superb finish on 59 minutes, Crook’s attempted conversion slipping wide.

Pressure was maintained until somewhat needlessly possession was lost by Drew Locke allowing Moseley to build and finally set up another close in scrum. From the second of these however Cov messed up their visitors possession and from close to their own line built a move to secure one of the best tries seen on the Butts Park. Having disrupted the Moseley possession, the Cov back row brought the ball out, it was moved swiftly left for Romian Plantey to at last have some room to apply a dangerous run, inside came the possession via Fangatapu Apikotoa now on as a replacement before Will Hurrell was given the opportunity to again finish off superbly from 25 metres; great try, converted well by George Crook.

Two minutes later and roared on by the expectant home crowd it got even better, a surge down the left enabling Jamie Miller to just get over in the corner for his secong try of the season, the angle this time just denying Crook’s attempted conversion. 25 -14 and things looking a whole lot better. Moseley by now were firmly on the back foot, winger Bressington being very lucky to escape reprimand when all the officials missed what looked a clear high tackle.

On 33 minutes however following a line out near half way saw Louis Mc Gowan receive yellow for pulling down, a prelude to a quite extraordinary and controversial finish. A minute later and another Moseley penalty try after referee Parker again ruled after close in scrums, Thirlby converting for 25 -21. Coventry applied more pressure before a minute into injury time after winning possession after a line out back on half way, home replacement scrum half Greg Goodfellow booted the ball into touch clearly believing game over. What was the message leading up to that ? Whatever, play did continue with Cov still down to ‘’14’’ and Moseley winning a penalty which they kicked into the home ‘’22’’, three points being no good to them.

Somehow now 6 minutes into injury time play was allowed to continue, the Birmingham side winning another put in at a 5 metre scrum. With McGowan now back in the fold Coventry were left to defend the dying moments before now 8 minutes injury time, but very controversially this time from the first scrum which was not allowed to re set, referee Parker ruled that Cov had again infringed, penalty try three being awarded allowing Thirlby to add the extra two points.

The final whistle was subsequently blown leaving the two sets of players and supporters with very different emotions and with many factors to discuss, mull over and argue about. Have three penalty tries ever been awarded to one side in a senior match before ? A major discussion in itself.


Drew Locke, Will Hurrell, Phil Mackenzie, Chris Lewis, Romain Plantey, George Crook, Mike Walls, Scott Roberts, Jo Merrigan, Jamie Hall, Louis McGowan, Sam Herrington, Jamie Miller (Capt), Ben Pons, Aaron Carpenter.

Replacements; Ben Dechartres for Herrington, Richie Bignell for Pons, Greg Goodfellow for Walls, Fangatapu Apikotoa for Lewis, Ben Russell for Locke.

Coventry. Tries Will Hurrell 2, George Crook, Jamie Miller. Conversion; Crook. Penalty goal; Crook.

Moseley. Try Jonny May, penalty tries 3. Conversions; Rob Thirlby4

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