Twas a cold and windy day, and the captain said to his team.....well we'll leave that bit unsaid.
Indeed there were two winners, Moseley, and the elements. The wind rain, sleet and snow turned bare skin blue and had more players shivering than the entire 'Saw' film franchise.
Ed's were however up for the game as they always are regardless of whom they play on any given Sunday. There is a team spirit which pervades through this group of players which transcends the mere result.
Unavailability of some players required some imaginative re-positioning of others. The tinkering was not necessarily welcomed, but in true Dr. Spock fashion was undertaken upon the maxim 'the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few'. So logical but not desirable!
Playing down the slope, in the first half, with the full force of nature at their backs, Ed's kicked off. Knock on's a plenty was always going to feature, both sides doing their best in the conditions. There were slips trips and falls occurring so often that someone suggested that the Health and Safety Executive should be informed (though they would suggest hi-vis jackets, protective clothing and hard hats, wait isn't that American Football?)
Ed's managed to slightly edge the scrums, and the lineouts were relatively even. Moseley were however well drilled in the backline and caused most of their damage out wide. Ed's thwarted many attacks, but at some point space opened up for the speedsters. Moseley managed to score four tries in the first half none of them converted mainly due to the gale blowing in the kickers face.
The loss of Ed's fly half due to a shoulder injury required a backline reshuffle, and with the fly half's replacement subsequently sustaining a rib injury, the cards were not falling kindly. The scrum half was next to suffer and the only option was to use the replacement hooker/blindside flanker. Rearranging was hastily undertaken and though it was not the best fit the Dr.Spock maxim came to the fore again.
Moseley took advantage and dominated the game in the second half. Tries were scored and some conversions made, this time with wind assistance.
Ed's kept on as they always do, the forwards still managing parity in the set piece, and everybody striving to create chances and repel opposition advances. This is our strength, our power, our togetherness, our talent. We are known for it, revered for it. Some have said 'what we lack in speed and skill we make up for in determination.' But they do not know us well enough. For what they perceive as a lack of something, is really a hunger fed by determination that yields constant improvement.
The referee for the game was excellent(don't hear that very often) and kept the game flowing in spite of the conditions.
Thank you for all the supporters who came to give their encouragement, it is very much appreciated.
Now that Moseley have beaten the best 'TEAM' in the competition we trust they will have an easier run in to the final.