Moseley 13 Falcons 53

Saturday 6 October 2012

Newcastle Falcons made it six wins out of six in the RFU Championship with a bonus point victory over Moseley at Billesley Common.

Dean Richards’ troops rubber-stamped their position at the summit of the Championship table thanks to tries from Matt Thompson, Will Welch, Ally Hogg and braces for Mark Wilson and Richard Mayhew.

The Falcons made a bright start to proceedings with scrum-half Rory Lawson scything through the Moseley defensive line at will within the first minute, before being tackled close to the touch line.

Richards’ men made sure that their early foray into the Moseley half was converted into points thanks to a Jimmy Gopperth penalty following an infringement at the scrum.

On nine minutes Tane Tu’ipulotu broke clear of the Moseley defensive line, holding off his marker to feed Jamie Helleur who sprinted clear, but his looping pass to Tom Catterick hit the ground with the try line beckoning.

The West Midlands outfit levelled the score with a quarter of the game played courtesy of an Oliver Thomas penalty, after referee Steve Lee penalised the Falcons for not rolling away at the ruck.

However, three minutes later the Falcons hit-back in positive fashion with a converted try from Thompson.

Electing to take a quick tap-penalty following an altercation with Lawson at the ruck, the ball was swiftly moved to fly-half Joel Hodgson, who dropped his shoulder to put Thompson in under the posts. Gopperth added the extras for a 10-3 lead.

With the half-hour mark looming, Moseley reduced the arrears to 10-6 by virtue of a Thomas penalty from 35-metres out. But the Falcons who were dominating the scrum, earned a penalty against the head, and Gopperth arrowed his kick between the sticks with aplomb to make it 13-6.

On the stroke of half-time Gopperth turned down the opportunity of a further three points, instead kicking into the corner with the penalty. From the resulting lineout MacLeod gathered the ball cleanly before a rolling maul was formed, with the Falcons charging towards the Moseley try line.

Mayhew took the initiative to touchdown with Gopperth converting to give his side a 20-6 interval lead.

With barely two minutes played in the second period, the Falcons conjured up their third try of the game scored by skipper Welch.

Stretching the Moseley defensive line with a series of attacking plays which saw Tu’ipulotu and Helleur in full flow, the ball was eventually switched to the left where Welch added the final touches to cross the whitewash in the corner. Gopperth failed to convert with the Falcons in the ascendancy at 25-6.

The Falcons secured the bonus point on 46 minutes thanks to another Mayhew touchdown, the Kiwi’s second try of the game.

Gopperth went for touch with the penalty and from the resulting lineout the Falcons steered the ball towards the line with a rolling maul. Gopperth made no mistake with the conversion from an acute angle to extend the Falcons’ lead to 32-6.

On 61 minutes Moseley registered their first try of the game with Ollie Robinson finishing off a rolling maul in the far corner. Welch was penalised for offside at an earlier ruck which put the Falcons on the back-foot, and Moseley took full advantage to score. Thomas nailed the touchline conversion to reduce the gap to 32-13.

The men from the north underlined their dominance at the scrum with their fifth try of the afternoon. Ushering the ball towards the Moseley try-line from a five-metre scrum, Ally Hogg scooped up the ball to crash over for the five-point score. Gopperth’s simple conversion made it 39-13.

Five minutes from the end replacement Wilson celebrated his birthday in style, plucking the ball out of the air to scoot in for a try. Gopperth put the Falcons 46-13 in front with the conversion.

Wilson could have doubled his tally moments later when the ball fell kindly for him after hacking a loose ball ahead, but the Cumbrian was hauled down five-metres from the line.

However, Wilson would not be denied a double for the afternoon, crashing over from close range following a string of hit-ups. Gopperth converted to give the Falcons a 53-13 triumph.

Moseley: 15 Anthony Carter, 14 Simon Hunt, 13 Greg King, 12 Charlie Hayter, 11 Oliver Thomas, 10 Brad Davies, 9 Sam Brown, 1 Chaz Meddick, 2 Sam Wilkes, 3 Craig Voisey, 4 Addison Lockley, 5 Buster Lawrence, 6 Nigel Burrows, 7 Oliver Robinson, 8 Neil Mason

Replacements: 16 David Hilton, 17 Adam Caves, 18 Ben Pienaar, 19 Liam Mather, 20 Alex Day, 21 Anders Mogenson, 22 Brad Hunt

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Jimmy Gopperth, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 12 Jamie Helleur, 11 Tom Catterick, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Rory Lawson, 1 Grant Shiells, 2 Matt Thompson, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 4 Carlo del Fava, 5 Scott MacLeod, 6 Richard Mayhew, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Ally Hogg

Replacements: 16 Rob Vickers, 17 James Hall, 18 James Hudson, 19 Mark Wilson, 20 Jordi Pasqualin, 21 Waisea Luveniyali, 22 Michael Tait

Referee: Steve Lee

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