Birmingham Moseley 19-31 Rosslyn Park
Park break through
Ben Howard’s try was the pick of the bunch in a game of two halves as Rosslyn Park held off Birmingham Moseley at Billesley Common.
The London side went into the break 31-0 up, four tries securing a scoring bonus point.
Moseley’s Mason Tonks and Cliffie Hodgson gave them a scare in a dominant second half but Park held out.
The visitors were given the lead after just three minutes of play after the home side’s pack turned a scrum.
Try for Park
And Greg Lound, making his first start against the same side he suffered a hamstring against in October, coolly found the posts from close range.
Park were straight back on the attack and grabbed their first try four minutes later, Jack Gash finding Joe Munro’s deep run.
Kieran Power’s side added another when Stewart Maguire drove over from a line-out to the right of the posts on 22 minutes.
Park had their third in the next play as Gash picked up the ball and sprinted away to space.
He was joined by full-back Howard, who was left with the line beckoning to dot down under the posts.
Arthur Ellis added to last week’s hat-trick with a side-stepping run, taking him from the five-metre line to the try zone at close quarters for the bonus point with five minutes to half time.
Park had the wind with them for their rampant first half – but it was certainly against them in the second half.
Some fast Moseley hands allowed fly-half Ben Palmer to stretch the London side’s defence, giving Tonks room to dive over on the left on 48 minutes.
Adam Balding’s side continued to hem Park into their own half with aggressive attacking and kicking play.
And they had a second try 10 minutes later, Palmer finding a gap to feed an on-rushing Hodgson who added the extras.
Jack Gash in action
Moseley really piled the pressure on with nine minutes to go, once again stretching the defence for Tonks to go over on the left.
But Power’s men rallied to pitch camp for the remaining minutes, earning a first away win since early January.
Park welcome the league’s top-scoring side Darlington Mowden Park to The Rock in a post-Valentines Day clash.
The Northern Echo Arena side made it seven consecutive home wins with a 64-14 crushing of Canterbury last Saturday.
But the side that Park 32-31 with a last-kick penalty at The Rock in January 2019 have not won on the road since October.
Tries: Munro 7, Maguire 22, Howard 24, Ellis 35
Conversions: Lound 9, 23, 25, 36
Penalties: Lound 3
Team (15-9/1-8): Ben Howard; Benji Marfo, Henry Cheeseman (Craig Holland 50), Joe Munro ©, Nick Scott; Greg Lound, Jack Gash (Dave Lewis 57); Kyle Traynor (Ali Wade 51), Ryan Roach (Henry Spencer 14), Stewart Maguire (Paul Doran-Jones 40); Sam Twomey, Gregor Gillanders; James Freeman, Arthur Ellis, Mike Kovacic (Roach 66)
Referee: Joe James
Star Man: Joe Munro – Rosslyn Park
Warren Muggleton @WMuggleton
images: David E Whittam
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February 10, 2020