Saturday 13th January 2018

Moseley Oak 17 – 39 Stoke on Trent

Looking to build on what was a promising win against Rugby Lions, Moseley Oak welcomed Stoke to Billesley on Saturday. Again there were a number of players not available including two changes on match day.

The opening stages went back and forth until 5 minutes when a missed tackle in the Moseley midfield led to Stoke breaking through under the posts, although the last pass looked suspiciously forward. This converted try was followed by a drop goal 2 minutes later.

Oak then dominated the next few minutes with good possession in the Stoke 22. After a number of phases, Angus Low showed good footwork to beat a couple of defenders and score on the right hand side. Gareth Jones converted. The home side had further good territory after a Reece Beddowes break, but soon afterwards a series of Moseley missed tackles and Stoke pressure led to another converted try under the posts for Stoke.

Stoke used the wind at their backs well and kept Moseley pinned back in their own half, and on a rare piece of Oak possession, a pass was intercepted leading to another Stoke try from 40 metres out. This try was converted and the half time score was 7-24.

Moseley began the second half under pressure but withstood a Stoke barrage and made their way downfield. The forwards used a number of pick drives to gain ground and after a charge from James Weaver, Harry Dawson drove through to score. Oak could not capitalise on this try and constant errors in possession halted any momentum. Stoke took advantage with the try of the match on 55 minutes when a cross field kick and clever inter-passing outfoxed the Moseley defence.

Stoke then added a drop goal and a fifth try after a sharp sniping run from their scrum half. Oak scored the last points of the afternoon when Ben Gerry barrelled over from a quick tap penalty, but this was as good as it got.

Oak made far too many errors and missed too many tackles. Stoke were comfortably the better side on the day and fully deserved their victory, playing some good rugby in the process. The final score was 17-39. Moseley will hope for a better performance against Stourbridge on January 20th.