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Stourbridge 2ndXV 8 Moseley 2nd/Dev 26 - April 1st 2006
With Nuneaton letting us down late in the week thankfully good local friends Stourbridge stepped into the breach with the offer of a fixture at sunny (not!!) Stourton. Even though the pitch was ankle deep in mud in parts a fairly entertaining feast was presented by two fairly well matched sides on the day.
The excellent news that strags hooker Craig Lea was required on the 1's bench meant that the 2's entered the game with no recognised hooker and the lineout was a bit of a lottery with Tommy Warren being roped in as the replacement thrower. So no lineout then! Stourbridge fielded a strong tight five with two good Loughborough student props, Alan Hubbleday at hooker and Nick Tisdale and ex Moseley player Manny Samra in the row. So disrupted scrum ball then!
What resulted was an entertaining game with Stourbridge having a lot of 1st phase possession which they used in narrow channels in a good display of power play, and Moseley running every possession they had with enterprise and skill in the wider areas and trying to avoid getting bogged down (literally!!). The contrasting styles were making for a fairly even game until a sharp break from a turnover ball in Moseley's 22 by David Hunt saw Tommy Warren win a foot chase from the half way line for a score.
Ex Moseley-juniors player Paul Bailey-Green, making his debut for the strags at outside centre, then scored a nice try under the posts. Both were converted by Chris Buck. Half time - Stourbridge 0 Moseley 14. Injuries to Tommy Warren and scrum half Dan Hunter meant further team adjustment and Stourbridge came into the game strongly putting Moseley under severe pressure, but their defence, in which Paul Cox was outstanding, stood strong.
Moseley went further ahead when Rhydian Smith scampered in from 10m before Stourbridge got some just rewards for their set-piece supremacy with a penalty and unconverted try in the last quarter. Moseley however were not yet finished, and good fitness levels ensured a strong end to the game with Chris Buck scoring a lovely 'show and go' try under the posts, again converted by himself.
The game afforded the opportunity for a number of 'fringe' players to get 80 minutes of good hard competitive rugby and thanks to Stourbridge for coming up trumps with the fixture.
Nottingham 2ndXV 5 Moseley 2nd/Dev 24 - March 25th 2006
Having had to
disappoint Nottingham last week at the 11th hour when 5 of
our players went down with a bug on Friday evening it was a
pleasure to assist them this week when they rang up on the
off chance for a game after their opposition cried off. They
said they could really do with a game not having played for
a month, and by golly they got one!
Stourbridge 2ndXV 7 Moseley 2nd/Dev 24 - March 11th 2006
No favours were sought and none given in this typically tough encounter at Stourton.
A strong Moseley squad were assembled for this late arranged game with Ben Buxton gaining some game time following his recent disciplinary set back, Tom Macintosh getting a 40 minute run after filling the 1's bench requirements for the last few weeks and David Hunt continuing his excellent progress from injury. Stourbridge also fielded a strong side with Nick Tisdale leading an uncompromising pack of forwards that included recent Moseley players Manny Samra, Simon Homer and John Taylor. The only unfortunate thing was that the referee, whilst doing his best, was out of his depth for a match of this intensity.
Moseley started very brightly with a lot of possession that was well retained over numerous phases of play and were playing at a pace that Stourbridge were struggling to cope with. Tries quickly followed and Alex Hadley barged over from short distance wide out on the left following good approach work from both backs and forwards for a try that was well converted from the touchline by Jon Critchlow. More of the same followed with Moseley running the ball well and Stourbridge struggling to gain any sort of possession. Andy Gray finished off a fine backs move for a second try, and then David Hunt finished off a fine try following excellent support work that was again converted by Jon Critchlow, and all this in the first 15 minutes.
Stourbridge finally managed to get some possession and their experience started to show as they slowed the game down to a level at which they could be effective. Moseley had to defend well on a number of occasions to keep the home side off the score sheet but the breakdown areas were becoming a lottery as the referee guessed (wrongly mostly) who was slowing the ball down, and frustrations and team discipline faltered in the Moseley ranks allowing Stourbridge more and more into the game. Following Rob Sigley's sinbinning the Stourbridge forwards set up excellent driving plays from which their prop deservedly drove over close to Moseley's uprights for a try just before the half time break. Half time - Stourbridge 7 Moseley 19.
The second half was only a minute old when the referee again saw fit to bin a Moseley player for an offence on the ground - Charlie Daniell was the unfortunate recipient, and thus Moseley had to endure a period of the game with only 13 players on the park. Well worked defence and fine individual tackling of the powerful Stourbridge runners saw Moseley survive that period and, when restored to a full compliment they again showed a flash of what they were capable of when hooker Craig Lea made a quick 35m dash down the left touchline and offloaded excellently to David Hunt to score his second try.
The final quarter of the match was a niggly affair with frustrations from both sets of players ensuring that the game as a spectacle was effectively over. No further scores were posted and a game that started on a very bright note ended disappointingly.
Plus points were that Tommy Mac got some vital game time and David Hunt continues to show that he deserves to be involved at 1st team level, Charlie Daniell, Paul Cox and Andy Gray continue to push their claims, Jon Critchlow is showing promise and Craig Lee at hooker and Alex Hadley and Ben Blackwall in the row are providing some real grunt in the pack. The 1st team squad is developing real depth and that can only be a good thing for the club.
Bedford 2ndXV 38 Moseley 2ndXV 10
This match was a huge disappointment after the tremendous result at
Leicester on Monday evening. The squad was very similar to that chosen to
play against the Tigers but they just didn't perform on the day.
Leicester Tigers Development 17 Moseley 2nd/Dev 25 - February 07 2006
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Moseley 2nd/Dev 67 Old Patesians 0 - January 28th 2006
The Strags got back into action this week with a game against a weakened Old Pats opposition, and the score didn't really reflect the game. Moseley had to work hard at times against a tough set of Old Pats forwards and the scores were racked up later in the game as the opposition tired.
That having been
said it is to the credit of the players that they managed to maintain their
focus and shape in a game that disintegrated towards the final whistle. The
Old Pats supporters (and there were a few!) should be proud of how their
players stuck to the task and there was no dishonour in finally succumbing
to what was a powerful Moseley
Good performances throughout the side with special mentions to David Hunt who continues to make excellent progress from injury and scored three fine try's on the day. Charlie Daniell and Ben Blackwall were also very prominent in the forwards and it was especially pleasing to see prop Roy Davies, also returning from a serious injury, in such good form.
In the backs Dan
Hunter continues to nip at Gareth Taylor's heels and Andy Gray was once more
majestic. Younger players doing well were Sam Webb in the back row, Jon
Critchlow at stand off and Phil Reynolds in the centre.
Moseley 2nd/Dev 20 Rotherham 2ndXV 22 January 14th 2006
The first half of this game had definitely a little 'after the lord's mayor show' feel about it with Moseley failing to put on any sort of performance following their excellent displays against Stourbridge and Worcester last week.
Rotherham (or Earth Titans as we should now call them) were a good mix of youth and experience and played good controlled phases of rugby and made good use of the many poor kicking options employed by a lack lustre Moseley side. Rotherham went about the task of amassing points on a regular basis, running back poor clearances or ball turned over when Moseley players found themselves isolated. Moseley's only reply was a penalty despatched by Alastair Bressington to bring about a half time score of 22 - 3 in the visitors favour.
A frank exchange of views in the home dressing room at half time brought about a change of attitude amongst the Moseley team and quickly after the restart the home side set about redressing the imbalance. Adrian Bressington finished off a sweeping move down the left to touch down wide out, followed fairly quickly by a try from David Hunt, finishing off an excellent move involving both backs and backrow.
Bressington improved the score with the conversion and Moseley were back in the game at 15 -22 with 20 minutes to play. Rotherham were by no means rolling over at this point and they themselves were dangerous on a number of occasions and were unlucky not to score once or twice. The game flowed end to end in the final quarter with neither side really taking hold of it but Moseley summonsed up a barnstorming finish when a number of fast half breaks just didn't go to hand.
From the final play of the game, a Moseley scrum 35m out, the backs put together a stunning move to put Butch Holder in for a try wide out on the right. Bressington's last kick of the game from the touchline dropped a metre short and the game was Rotherham's by 2 points. On balance, despite the excellent Moseley fight back, a result that Rotherham deserved.
Moseley 2nd/Dev 17 Worcester 2ndXV 15 - January 9th 2006
Game played on a wintry night with a strong downfield wind. Worcester fielded a strong side and had advantage of first use of the windy conditions. A strong performance from the Moseley pack ensured parity at the set piece and determined defence blunted Worcester’s narrow driving game. The only score at half time being a penalty to each side.
Despite Moseley having the advantage of the conditions in the second half Worcester started the stronger and pinned Moseley back in their half with a period of forward power play and excellent ball retention which eventually brought forward it’s just rewards when they powered over from a rolling maul. The conversion was missed but almost immediately Worcester drove the ball deep into Moseley’s 22 and from a well taken lineout they again drove over the Moseley line. Moseley then enjoyed a period of pressure, pinning Worcester back in their half, and from a charged down clearance kick Carl Colvin gathered the ball to score.
Alastair Bressington made the conversion from the touchline. Worcester again started to dominate in what was becoming an end to end game and scored a well taken try to restore their lead to 15 – 7. Moseley again reacted well and following a sustained period of pressure Neil Clarke, on loan from Bristol, powered over for a score that was again well converted by Bressington. Possession then see-sawed between the teams in the final few minutes of the game and Moseley nicked it with a well taken penalty from Bressington. A game thoroughly enjoyed by the good crowd and a game played at a high pace.
Stourbridge 2ndXV 26 Moseley 2nd/Dev 35 - January 7th 2006
As per the well worn cliché this was most definitely a game of two halves!! Moseley travelled to Stourton with a team of mixed experience. Players such as Charlie Daniel, Tommy Macintosh, Dan Hunter, Butch Holder, Carl Colvin and Alastair Bressington, all players of first team quality, were joined by promising players such as Jon Critchlow and Sam Webb, together with 'strags' stalwarts Dan Grant, Mark Wakefield and Adam Conniff and very promising debut's for 18yr old colts Robin Bayliss and Tom Gregory.
Despite the wintry weather and a typical Stourton gluepot of a pitch Moseley set off at a cracking pace and played entertaining open rugby. Stourbridge had no answer to Moseley's flare and invention in the wide channels and, after an early penalty, Moseley went further ahead with a well-worked try by Mark Wakefield following good interplay between Carl Colvin and Butch Holder.
Moseley were maintaining their early pace and style and Tommy Macintosh scored what was to prove the try of the day when, after an 80m support run, he was at hand to touch down a counter attack started in Moseley's 22 when a Stourbridge lineout had been stolen and Jon Critchlow had seen a counter-attacking opportunity. Good hands and great pace from Colvin and Holder eventually found Adam Coniff out wide on the right and he off-loaded to Tommy to finish off. Further try's by Butch and Dan Grant saw a half time score of Stourbridge 0 Moseley 28 posted.
The second half appeared to be following the pattern of the first when Butch once again danced through the Stourbridge cover defence to score a try that was converted by Alastair within a minute of the re-start. This however proved to be the last time Moseley threatened the Stourbridge line as Stourbridge then put together a tremendous period of power play and ball retention.
Ex Moseley players Matt Long, Manny Samra and scrum half Jimmy Price were at the heart of Stourbridge's efforts together with experienced forwards Tisdale and Russell. Stourbridge's pack drove deep into the heart of Moseley's defence again and again and the pressure eventually brought forward its just rewards when 4 try's were scored from drives of 5m or less, three of which were converted. Whilst Moseley's defensive efforts in the second half were heroic they were definitely pleased to hear the final whistle at the end of a half in which Stourbridge were outstanding in the type of rugby they played.
Special mention should be made of Moseley Colts Robin Bayliss and Tom Gregory. Injuries ensured that both were not given the last 20 introduction that was planned. Robin played the entire game, first half at 7 and the second half in the row. Tom had to be introduced early in the second half into the back row. Both were a credit to the colts side that are developing them. Robin in particular showed an outstanding work ethic and neither of them took a step backwards during Stourbridge's second half onslaught. Two players to keep an eye out for in the future.
London Welsh 2ndXV 80
Moseley 2nd/Dev 0
- December 17, 2005
Yes there were probably underlying factors - London Welsh not having a first XV game that day, injuries and unavailability restricting Moseley to only 17 players, arriving late due to the M4 closure - but really the fact is that we were nowhere near good enough man for man in respect of size, pace and ability.
Yes we tried hard, yes we never gave up, yes I was proud of the effort and commitment shown, but the size of the defeat and the inability to compete in all areas of play (with the possible exception of the lineout) really underlines the fact that if we want to keep the 1stXV players under pressure then there will have to be further player recruitment.
Players such as Ben Blackwall, Tommy Macintosh, Charlie Daniel, Dan Hunter and Jon Critchlow were a credit to the club in the manner that they conducted themselves and in their encouragement of the other players around them. The Moseley side was by no means a poor one, all of the players available had been involved in the previous 'strags' games in which the performances have been generally good, and one bad defeat doesn't make poor players of them.
They were all somewhat shell-shocked after the game, but I'm sure that they will reflect upon the manner of the defeat over the festive period , re-group and return in the New Year eager to re-establish their reputation.
Moseley 2nd/Dev. 26 - Orrell 2nd XV 15 - November 26, 2005
Moseley's preparation for this week's game was it's normal chaotic affair with the weekly training sessions quite rightly being focused on preparing the 1stXV squad for the cup match against Rotherham and the side not being able to be finalised until Saturday morning when it was known how many of Friday night's bench players were available.
However by 3 o'clock a side had been gathered and
took to the field at Billesley to challenge a good
Orrell outfit. Coming off the back of two defeats
it was important that the players approached the game correctly in order to
steady the ship prior to further testing games against
An early penalty from fly half Greg Macdonald settled early nerves and when this was followed by a try from Hooker Leroy Hughes following a good catch and drive at a 10m lineout again converted by Greg all was looking well. However a combination of poor ball retention and lack of concentration allowed the spirited Orrell side back into the match with a well taken try and a penalty. Moseley re-grouped and having established a good forward platform realised that the direct route was the one to be taken and settled in to play some tight phases.
The resultant pressure paid off with a second try for Leroy from the same source. Unfortunately Orrell were again let back into the game just before half-time when a defensive error saw the Orrell left wing charge down a chip and touch down wide out. Half time score 15 - 15.
Moseley's forward domination continued after the break but the steady stream of possession was either poorly used at half back or kicked away. Moseley increased their lead with another penalty from Greg followed by a try from scrum half Dan Hunter sniping around the edge of a ruck. Greg completed the scoring for Moseley with another penalty late in the game.
Orrell however had good passages of play throughout the second half and were unlucky not to score on numerous occasions. Their backs were a lively outfit and they made good use of a good kick and chase game. Moseley's defence was stretched time and time again but held out to deny Orrell the score that their play deserved.
So back to winning ways but much more to be
done. Hopefully we will be able to prepare a little better prior to our
trip up North to
Moseley 2nd/Dev. 12 - Nottingham 13 - November 12, 2005
2nd/Dev. 12 - London Welsh 30 - November 05, 2005
Doncaster 2nds 11 - Moseley 20 - October 29, 2005
The 'strags' went north yesterday for a match billed on the Donny web site as a North v Midlands battle. And battle it was with two good sides giving no quarter in a game that could have gone either way. Doncaster were last seasons Northern second team champions and took a last game of the season defeat to Moseley (3 - 24) quite badly ( at least it put their coach off his after match pint with us!).
This season's Donny side was a more experienced blend with some gnarly older heads in the pack combined with some exciting young runners. But Moseley matched them on the day producing tremendous effort, commitment and sheer 'dog' to emerge victorious. Alex Hadley returning from long-term injury at lock and a very young and inexperienced back row of last year's colts Sam Webb and Joe Warren and Birmingham University debutant Simon Bailey were the stars of Moseley's pack.
With Dan Hunter at 9 and Greg Macdonald at 10 producing his best game to date this season contesting well at half-back and the explosive pace of another injury returnee James Aston on the wing, combined with the sheer pace and silky running of Andy Gray and Alastair Bressington Doncaster were always threatened by exciting counter-attack. Moseley scored two cracking try's from deep, Alastair running in a turn-over ball from 70m out and Andy Gray finishing off a sweeping counter-attack from 50m with a third try via Simon Bailey who drove through the middle of a try line ruck.
Doncaster however controlled the game for substantial periods and were unlucky not to score on occasion. Tremendous try-line defence kept them out on more than once but eventually their pressure told and a try and a couple of penalties brought them back to 11 - 17 with 10 minutes to go. It was at this point that Moseley were reduced to 13 men with Alex Hadley and Dan Grant being sin-binned for fighting and pulling down a lineout jumper respectively. Doncaster upped the stakes and Moseley's gallant 13 responded.
Time and time again last ditch tackling stopped Donny accumulating further points and Moseley had the last say when following a turnover ball from the tireless Sam Webb, a kick and chase resulted in a penalty for holding on in front of the posts and Alastair stepped up to take the 3 with the last kick of the game. A tremendous result considering the two week lay-off due to game postponements. The 'strags' take on London Welsh next week in a game that has been changed to a home fixture at Billesley.
2nd/Dev. 38 - Leicester Academy 22 - October 01, 2005