Moseley vs Plymouth Review

REVIEW: Moseley vs Plymouth

Great result for Moseley as they secured another year of Championship rugby at Billesley Common.

The final home game of the season was blessed with a lovely sunny day, running rugby, a big crowd of 2,000-plus, a new stand to be proud of and the right result.

For Moseley it was joy at the final whistle after an emphatic 29-0 victory.

For Plymouth it was despair as they go down to the third tier.

The ground was humming and wonderful to see it so full of passionate spectators, bolstered by many old players back for their annual lunch along with free tickets available through sponsors Eventmasters.

The facilities in the new stand are fantastic, a tribute to so many people who made it happen – Dave Warren, the late Alan Adam, Councillor Ian Ward, James Jowett, John Nolan and many others.

Inspired by the atmosphere and coach Kevin Maggs, Moseley put in an 80 minute performance, something they rarely manage.

They grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck from the off, were purposeful, committed and played for each other.

Took their chances and cut out the defensive errors.

Helped by their Northampton contingent, with the classy Will Hooley at fly half, Moseley scored three tries through Nathan Williams, Tom Collins and Ed Siggery, the pick of which was Collins breakaway interception.

Hooley notched four penalties and a conversion.

The Moseley pack were aggressive from the start with Neil Mason, Adam Caves and Chris Brightwell to the fore.

With two big second rows, Plymouth were effective in the lineout but found themselves pushed back in the tight.

They strove manfully without evidencing any real confidence they could spring a surprise.

Moseley can now go to Jersey in their final match and enjoy the seaside.

But then they must somehow put together a side for 2015/16 on what again will probably be the smallest budget in the league, being constantly outbid for players.

The new stand gives them an improved commercial platform with the hope that new sponsors can be enticed on board.

It’s a gutsy club which deserves a decent future.