Following a long drive cross country it took Moseley a good 30 minutes to work out the strengths and strategies of a fast-paced, full Cambridge side. Despite superior strength in the scrum and a larger pack in general, Moseley conceded 5 tries in the first half.
After some words of advice and ‘gentle’ encouragement from new coach Richard Bragg a re-vitalised Moseley side came back at the opposition to score 2 well deserved tries in the last 10 minutes of the first half, both at the formidable hands of no. 7 Aimee “Lurchy” Cottingham.
The second half saw a refreshed and determined Moseley side closing down quickly on the oppositions attack, with a much improved defensive line and some great tackles on the parts of forwards and backs. Team Captain, Michelle “Deli” Gwynne, gave Moseley their first break within 5 minutes, forcing her way through the Cambridge defensive wall to score the first try of the second half. Cambridge fought back, taking advantage of a few errors to put 2 more over the Moseley try line shortly after.
Further improvements in rucking and ball-handling gave Moseley more possession and subsequently more opportunity to play the ball out wide. Outside Centre Anna “Frank” Mullin made a great break, crashing through the Cambridge defence and out-stepping the opposition full-back to run almost half the length of the pitch and score Moseley’s fourth try of the match which was converted by Aimee “Lurch” Cottingham. Moseley winger, Emma Shields finished the match off in style with a spectacular run, out-stepping a number of Cambridge players to score the last try of the match and secure the bonus point.
Final score was Moseley 27 – Cambridge 48. Back of the match went to stand in Scrum Half Laura “Dora” McPhilimey for her endless contributions in attack and defence. Forward of the match went to no. 6 Olly Gough.