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Birmingham Moseley 36 Darlington M P 41: Leaky defence proving costly, admits skipper



Birmingham Moseley skipper Rob Lewis admits the players are frustrated by the poor run of results that have seen the Billesley Common side slump into the National One drop zone.

Saturday’s five-try haul against Darlington once again showed their attacking credentials but the inability to shut out opponents has seen the Red and Blacks lose five of their six matches so far this season – a fact not lost on the captain.

“As a group of players we are frustrated but we try to take the positives out of each game,” Lewis explained. “We are growing but it is a results business and we’re not getting the results.

“We scored five tries again and played some good rugby but we’re conceding too many – the most in the league – and that’s the issue for us. We have to address that. We work for ten minutes, score a try and then let them off the hook and the hard work is going to waste, so we know it’s something we have to work on and put right.

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“We’ve had a good hard look at ourselves, both as individuals and the collective, and we are slowly seeing the rewards with some of the performances. Now we just need to put that pressure on with the results and, particularly in the last five or ten minutes, when we are conceding too many points.” A second try of the game from winger Sam Pointon looked to have earned Moseley a share of the spoils but their late vulnerability was again exploited as the visitors snatched victory with their sixth try from the game’s final play leaving the home fans with a case of serial déjà vu.

The sides had shared six tries in an entertaining opening half that also saw the hosts have prop Tom Fidler binned. Fellow Moseley front row Jay Tyack had claimed his side’s opener and this was followed by a penalty try and one from Lewis. James Williams slotted over two conversions as the lead constantly changed hands.

Darlington held a narrow 22-19 advantage going into the second half but the lead swung Moseley’s way during a frenetic spell that saw Williams land a penalty before Pointon dived over for his first of the day following an interception on halfway by his captain.

The visitors replied with back-to-back tries but when Pointon breezed in for his second try, superbly converted by Williams, it seemed as though a draw was a fitting outcome until Connor MacKenzie claimed his second of the game.

MOSELEY: Hollingsworth, Baffour (Tonks, 48), Allsopp (Hayward, 30), Smith, Pointon, Williams, Lewis; Fidler (Owen 53, Fidler 70), Caves (White 65, Caves 73), Tyack, Lawrence, Bean, Cowen, Poole (Brightwell, 79), Brightwell (Le Roux, 48).


Source : BirminghamMail

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