Greene King IPA Championship
Moseley 28, Cornish Pirates 20
As this fixture produced a winner for the first time since December 2009, it was Moseley who claimed the victory with a late show leaving the Cornish Pirates without a win in the Championship since Boxing Day.
On a cold blustery night in the Midlands, Moseley took the lead with a an early try from hooker Rhys Buckley after a sustained period of pressure from the kick-off.
The Pirates replied with an Angus Sinclair penalty but then lost wing Matt Evans with a knee injury. Sinclair and Will Hooley traded further penalties before the Pirates suffered further injury misery.
This time hooker Rob Elloway suffered a nasty bang on the head and play was held up for more than 10 minutes while he was treated. However, when the game restarted the Pirates seized on a wayward Hooley drop goal attempt and scored their opening try with a fine counter attack.
Kyle Moyle and Junior Fatialofa took play into the home 22 and Tom Hendrickson supplied the finish, with Sinclair converting.
Hooley notched his second penalty just before half time to peg back the Pirates' lead and then gave Moseley the advantage with two quick place kicks early in the second half.
He added a fifth on the hour to make it 20-13, but the Pirates responded by forcing a series of penalties deep in the Moseley 22. They took the scrum option each time, eventually earning a penalty try converted by Kieran Hallett.
But with the game heading for a fourth draw in four years, Moseley scored the decisive points in the closing minutes.
Flanker Olly Robinson touched down in the corner for his team`s second try and Holley completed the scoring with a stoppage time penalty.
Moseley: Carter, Hunt, Armstrong, King (Owen 79), Williams, Hooley, Brown (Glynn 78); Voisey, Buckley, Parkin, Powell, Charlton, Mason, Robinson, Brightwell. Replacements (not used) – Warren, Evans, Thorp, Burrows, Thomas.
Scorers: Tries – Buckley, Robinson; Pens – Hooley (6).
Cornish Pirates: Holland, Evans (Kessell 14), Hendrickson, Fatialofa (Riley 55), Moyle, Sinclair (Hallett 55), Pope; Cahill (Davies 73), Elloway (Carpenter 33), Paver, Graulich (Carrick-Smith 75), Barry, Morgan (capt), Cheesman, McGlone (Parker 65, sin-bin 76)
Scorers: Tries – Hendrickson, Penalty; Cons – Sinclair, Hallett; Pens – Sinclair (2).
Yellow card: Parker.
Referee: R Campbell (RFU).