Richard Protherough praised the character and hard work of his Birmingham Moseley side as they ended their four-match losing run by beating Sale 31-22 at Billesley Common.
The Red and Blacks had only won one of their opening seven this season, but James Williams’ 26 points, including two tries, set them on course for a comfortable victory.
Buster Lawrence capped a dominant performance with the final try, and after a series of narrow defeats in recent weeks, Director of Rugby Protherough was relieved to see the winning feeling return.
“We needed this one,” he said.
“There’s never been a lack of effort in the guys’ play, but there’s been a few bounces of the ball gone against us so today was good.
“A lot of hard work that’s gone in over the past six or seven weeks has paid off today, we’ll just take it one game at a time but nice to get a few smiles on the guys’ faces.
“We cut down on the error rate, we controlled the field territory , our defence was good and we didn’t give away as many penalties.”
After Williams’ opening penalty, Sale claimed the first try of the match as Sam Griffiths’ eventually breached the Mose defence.
A second penalty closed the gap, before Williams inspired the hosts’ first try, starting and finishing a fine move, despite a slight juggle as he crossed the line.
The missed conversion would be the only blot on his otherwise perfect afternoon, and a further penalty on the stroke of half time appeared to have pulled Moseley clear.
However, they turned the ball over with seconds remaining, and Sale capitalised, Andrew Hughes with the converted try that reduced the lead to 14-12.
Both sides traded penalties at the start of the second half, before Moseley took a decisive grip on proceedings.
Again Williams was at the forefront, kicking Moseley deep into Sale territory, and although the initial line-out drive was stopped, Williams was soon on hand to crash over from short range.
Ravai Fatiaki was sin-binned for a high tackle, but Mose continued to play on the front foot, and after a series of scrum penalties on the Sale line, Buster Lawrence sealed victory with ten minutes to go.
Sale had the final word as Ryan Parkinson seized on a loose ball to score with the final play, but it did nothing to take the smiles off Moseley faces.
Source : BirminghamMail