This game was always going to be a tense affair, as top of the table clashes often are. The one point loss at Weston’s earlier in the season gave the Wanderers Colts that added incentive. The Colts fielded 5 Under 17s in their squad of 20, 3 of whom started.
Moseley elected to play down hill with a following breeze in the first half and that should have been worth a 10 point advantage. However it was not to be. Moseley scored a try out wide when their wing outstripped the Worcester defence on 5 minutes, which was unconverted. Connor Nicholls touched down on the right wing after good uphill interplay between backs and forwards, but the wind and the angle proved too difficult for Andy Reid’s left boot. Moseley slotted a penalty on 32 minutes and the score was 8 – 5 at the turnaround, and Worcester were pleased.
The rain started around the beginning of the second half and conditions became difficult in the freezing wind. Against the run of play, Moseley scored a converted try on around 48 minutes but Worcester Colts had a confidence, which kept them in the Moseley half. After relentless pressure and an attacking scrum on Moseleys 5m line, scrum half Sam Brown squeezed over near the posts to make the conversion a formality for Reid. Moseley rarely troubled the Worcester half again and on 65 minutes Nicholls barged his way through the Moseley defence and stretched to put the ball down. Reid converted from a difficult angle. Worcester continued to press and were awarded a kickable penalty, but instead opted for the lineout to get the bonus point try. It may have been better to take 3 and deny Moseley the losing bonus point, only time will tell.
Worcester didn’t play well. Their trademark flowing rugby was disrupted constantly by the Moseley defence, but Worcester forwards would not be bullied, and they provided the platform for a great win.
Worcester sit 3 points behind Moseley at the top of the table with a game in hand. But for the moment, the satisfaction of the win at Billingsley will see us through Christmas until the next round at Lichfield on 7th January.