Moseley 0 Doncaster Knights 22 -
November 18th 2006
Oduoza, O’Leary (Holder, 76), Buckley, Lennard; Thomas, Knight (Hunter, 58);
Coles (Buxton, 70), Caves (Bick, 70), Buxton (Bayliss, 40), Arnold (Stott,
63), Skelding (Daniell, 76), Evans, McIntosh (Lightowler, 70), Rodwell.
PLYMOUTH: Neethling (Saumi, 76); Arscott, Van Eyk, Fisilau (Cruickshanks,
71), Sestaret; Barnes, Lewsey (Newman, 80); Rice, Oxley (Owen, 71),
Zimmerman (Mathias, 70), Stewart, Gulliver, Genoud (Stroud, 74), Thomas (Lowrie,
Referee: M Wilson (RFU)
SCORERS: Moseley – try: O’Leary.
Plymouth – tries: Sestaret (2), Hayes, Genoud, Oxley, Arscott, Neethling;
conversions: Neethling (6); penalty: Neethling.
The action – as it happened Moseley in red
18 TRY Nicolas Sestaret
18 CON Wihan Neethling
21 PEN Wihan Neethling
YC Ben Gulliver
YC Edward Barnes
Half time 0-10
44 TRY Tom Hayes
44 CON Wihan Neethling
48 TRY Tom Arscott
48 CON Wihan Neethling
50 TRY Daren O’Leary
58 TRY Nicolas Sestaret
58 CON Wihan Neethling
62 TRY Richard Oxley
69 TRY Tom Arscott
69 CON Wihan Neethling
76 TRY Wihan Neethling
76 CON Wihan Neethling
MOSELEY 5 PLYMOUTH 50 ALBION TEAR MOSE APART
Second-half slump against table-toppers
A CALAMITOUS second-half performance in which they leaked 40 points saw
Moseley slump to their 10th defeat of the season at Billesley Common.
After putting up a promising display in the first period, the hosts
completely collapsed and ended up conceding seven tries to a powerful
Plymouth Albion outfit who look a good bet for the National One title.
This result put the visitors top of the division, but condemned Moseley to
their most disappointing defeat of an increasingly difficult campaign.
It wasn’t that the Birmingham side did not have their chances. They opened
the match in positive mood and might have scored the first points but for a
series of knock-ons and turnovers.
And for seven minutes either side of the break they had a two-man advantage
with former Coventry lock Ben Gulliver and fly half Ed Barnes in the sin
In the end all they could muster was an interception try from Daren O’Leary
which came in the 51st minute, when the game was already decided.
Albion set the scoreboard ticking after 18 minutes – with virtually their
first attack – when Barnes offloaded for Regardt van Eyk to burst through
Popped Although Andy Binns put in a good tackle French winger Nicolas
Sestaret popped up to hand off Adam Caves and slip over.
Full back Withan Neethling kicked the first of his six conversions and ended
up with a personal tally of 20 points.
Four minutes later the South African landed a penalty from 50 metres.
Although Plymouth were reduced to 13 by referee Mark Wilson the hosts could
not find a way through.
Their best chance came six minutes before the break when Mose had a close
range catch and drive opportunity. This was wasted when their maul was
shoved into touch.
Moseley’s now customary third quarter woes continued with the concession of
21 points in the first 20 minutes of the second period.
First Tom Hayes bashed through a flimsy tackle from Mark Evans to score
under the sticks, then Federico Genoud fended off Jamie Lennard to dot down
in the corner to make it 24-0.
Two minutes later, as the Devonians counterattacked, O’Leary picked off a
pass from Van Eyk and raced clear over 30 metres. Unfortunately Thomas
missed the extras.
Just before the hour, Sestaret was shunted over from a driven lineout and
then Richard Oxley burrowed across after a Hayes burst was repelled.
Luke Arscott broke through Thomas’s attempted tackle with 11 minutes to go
then Neethling capitalised on a break by Gulliver.