Birmingham Moseley ‘got out of jail’, according to director of rugby Richard Protherough, after defeating Cambridge by the slenderest of margins.
Tries by Alex Hearle and Afeafe Haisala, both converted by Oliver Allsop, came either side of Jake McCloud’s effort for the visitors at Billesley Common as Moseley held firm to claim a 14-13 win heading into this week’s break from action.
“There were a lot of mistakes, but given the weather conditions, it’s not surprising,” said Protherough. “Although we should be used to catching the ball in the rain by now.
“There were mistakes from both teams and the breakdown was hotly contested, which then caused a bit of a scrappy game really. Fair play to Cambridge, they’re one of those teams who have a very good defence. They competed very heavily at the breakdown and it caused us a few issues.
“We turned around at half-time at 7-3 playing into the wind in the second half and I was concerned we hadn’t done enough because I thought it was a 13-14-point wind.
“So the second half was a mammoth effort to win the game. We were up against it. Our defensive alignment was really good and saved us really, it was a get out of jail really.”
Moseley’s fearsome pack has been the main method of try-scoring, with forwards Ciaran Moore (11) and Jacques Le Roux (nine) in the club’s top three try scorers, along with winger Mark Harrison (nine).
But it was the backs’ turn to make inroads on Saturday with none of the points coming from the front eight.
“I think it had to be something special to break the deadlock and both of our tries came from kicks,” added Protherough.
“Alex Hearle just chipped and chased himself, the other was over the top. They were moments of magic that got us over the line.
“However, the defining point was our defence in the second half really.”
Moseley now head into a welcome break from action with Protherough giving his squad a week free of any rugby commitments.
“I think we’re developing as a team,” he said. “We always knew it was going to be one of those transitional years developing young players coming through.
“The forwards have come together quickly, and now our interplay between our forwards and backs, which is the hardest thing to click, is getting there with the way we are playing. Which is excellent.
“On Saturday we needed that. Most weeks our pack has taken most of the plaudits but this week, Cambridge held firm and gave us a real tough test up front and we needed a bit more in the backs to help us get forward ball.
“It’s been a hard slog up until this point since Christmas. It’s good for the lads to get away. It’s about freshening up the mind as much as it is freshening up the body.’’
Source : BirminghamMail