Visi­tors run riot to keep pace with ta­ble-top­pers

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - ■ By PAUL SMITH

tries apiece from full­back Leo Field­ing and winger Ge­off Grif­fiths led Black­heath to an em­phatic win at Birm­ing­ham Mose­ley.

The visi­tors were sim­ply too quick in thought and deed mean­ing Mose­ley shipped nine. So although they briefly had hopes of claim­ing one or per­haps even two bonus points when they pulled back to 14-36 with 15 min­utes re­main­ing, jus­tice was served when Black­heath added three fur­ther scores in the clos­ing stages.

The visi­tors opened the scor­ing through prop Danny Her­riott’s closerange ef­fort, which Joe Tar­rant con­verted, be­fore pacy winger Jake Lloyd cut through some weak tack­TWO ling for a sec­ond score.

A quick Josh Davies tap then set up the plat­form from which Grif­fiths claimed his first score with a blis­ter­ing di­ag­o­nal fin­ish.

But Black­heath were not forced to wait long for the try bonus point, when re­place­ment Fred Owen forced his way over af­ter hooker Matt Miles’ break had done the dam­age.

Tar­rant added ex­tras, as he did when full­back Field­ing went over just be­fore the break for a fifth try.

Mose­ley fi­nally man­aged to string a few phases to­gether early in the sec­ond half and their pow­er­ful driv­ing li­ne­out got them on the board through the award of a penalty try.

This sparked the Lon­don­ers back into life, and af­ter they kept the ball

through mul­ti­ple phases, Grif­fiths ap­plied the eas­i­est of fin­ishes in the left cor­ner.

Mose­ley’s Lewis Bean and the visi­tors’ James Hal­lam then fol­lowed each other into the sin bin for sep­a­rate tech­ni­cal in­fringe­ments.

Ciaran Moore claimed a sec­ond Mose­ley try, up­graded by Andy Fluker, be­fore the visi­tors re­asserted their dom­i­nance with a penalty try awarded for a maul col­lapse.

Home prop Joe Wrafter went to the sin bin in the af­ter­math of this score, from where he saw Field­ing and Tar­rant round things off with two fur­ther flow­ing long-range ef­forts, one of which was con­verted by Black­heath’s No. 10 Tar­rant to put the gloss on an em­phatic win.

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