Henley Hawks 10 Moseley 28
There was a distinct Gallic feel to Henley on Saturday. A French market was doing a roaring trade in the town centre, the TVs were tuned to Wales v France and out on the pitch at Dry Leas, there were six players who had just returned from across the Channel.
England Counties beat their French counterparts 29-16 last week and the five Moseley men in that XV were the key to this crucial victory.
Fly-half Ollie Thomas kicked as many points as the gusting wind would allow while Richard Stott and replacement Adam Caves worked tirelessly, the latter going close to a try within moments of coming off the bench late in the second half. However, it was back-row pair Mark Evans and James Rodwell who stole the show.
"The pair were excellent," said Moseley director of rugby John Beale. "Whenever your players mix with other players and coaches, they are going to learn and that is why I am a big fan of representative rugby."
Evans capped his fdisplay with a second-half try while the duo were also instrumental in Moseley's third score, breaking 50 metres before feeding winger Carl Colvin to power home.
There had been little to choose between the sides before the break, Henley opening the scoring with a Mitchell Burton penalty before Thomas slotted over a brace of penalties.
It took until injury time before Moseley crossed for their first try, replacement prop Neil Bayliss being driven over, but when the visitors upped the tempo, Henley had no response. Evans charged down a clearance for the second try after 47 minutes with Colvin then running in his second score.
The Hawks finished with replacement prop Steve Robinson in the sin bin, but sweeping move deep in injury time culminated in David Archer going beneath the posts.