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RUGBY UNION: Moseley hit top form to stun leaders; SEDGLEY PARK 7 MOSELEY 39.

MOSELEY coach Derek Nutt admitted he couldn't remember the last time that his side had scored six tries.

That's not too surprising after four successive defeats saw the Bournbrook side tumble down the table to teeter perilously close to the relegation zone.

But after handing out six of the best to league leaders Sedgley Park, the boys in red and black showed they can be more than a match for anyone on their day. On too many occasions this season Moseley have failed to capitalise on good possession, letting teams off the hook when the points should have been in the bag. But that was never in doubt at Park Lane where they made their intentions clear with a try inside three minutes.

With the Sedgley Park defence in disarray, full-back Andy Binns fed the ball out to winger James Aston who broke through the last challenge to score in the corner.

Andy Gray twice thought he had added to the scoreline but, after touching down in the corner, rose to see the touch judge indicating that he had put a foot on the line on each occasion.

An Ollie Thomas penalty on 16 minutes gave Moseley an 8-0 advantage before Gray finally added his name to the scoresheet five minutes before the break following a powerful run along the right wing that ended with him holding off the challenge of Jim Naylor and Arno De Jager.

Thomas kicked the extra points and then repeated the feat four minutes later following Aston's second try as Moseley piled on the agony for the home supporters.

There was more to come from the rampant visitors who finished the half with a flourish, a glorious 15-man move being rounded off by front row Kevin Wirachowski.

The home side tried in vain to claw their way back into the game at the start of the second period but Thomas went over for a fifth Moseley try six minutes after the restart.

The score came after a poor kick by South African De Jaga and Thomas took full advantage by scything through and running 40 metres to score.

On 57 minutes home centre Ian Voortmanwas sent to the sin-bin for illegal use of the boot.

Park responded with their only score of the game, Kern Yates crashing over from close range after a rolling maul in the corner. Ryno Ueckermann kicked the conversionbut excellent Moseley defending denied the home side a look in as the visitors protected their lead.

As the game entered the final minutes, Binns added a sixth try when he broke to score under the posts, Thomas kicking the conversion to round off a glorious victory.

SCORERS: Sedgley Park: Tries: Yates. Conversion: Ueckermann.

Moseley: Tries: Aston (2), Gray, Thomas, Wirachowski, Binns. Conversions: Thomas (3). Penalties: Thomas.

Port (2). Conversions: Smith. Penalties; Smith (2) Blaydon: Penalty. Windle.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2004
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