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"A’ and Development Fixtures

This season matches will be split between ‘A’ and Development fixtures.
The objective is to provide enough Monday (occasionally Wednesday) night rugby to give both fringe/bench 1st XV players and also emerging players enough opportunities to both keep match fit and also allow them to press their claims for a 1st team place.

Moseley’s ground breaking arrangement with Gloucester has been extended to cover Gloucester’s Guinness 'A' fixtures. Moseley will provide the nucleus of the team and the games will provide all our 1st XV squad with high level playing experience. Four of the home games will be played at Billesley with the local derbies against Bath and Bristol being played at Kingsholm. Further exciting matches are therefore in store at Billesley, under floodlights, against Wasps, Harlequins, London Irish (date tba) and Saracens.


'Gloucester' v 31 Saracens 5 - 7 April  2008

It has been a long time coming but Gloucester finally earned their first Guinness A League victory of the season on Monday night. Thanks to a side containing liberal doses of first team experience, Gloucester scored five tries on their way to a commanding 31-5 success over Saracens at Hartpury College.

The margin of victory was every bit as convincing as the scoreline suggests and four of tries came from senior players – with Mark Foster grabbing two in the first-half.

Not everything Gloucester did turned gold but there was enough enthusiasm and graft in the likes of number eight Dan Williams and flankers Matt Gilbert and Andrew Rose to compliment a heavy-duty scrummaging performance from Patrice Collazo.

Saracens, despite some hard running from David Seymour and a functioning line-out that owed a great deal to Iain Fullarton, never really got going behind and were eventually ground down by Gloucester’s forwards.

The home side got the perfect start when lock Dan Tuohy combined with Hartpury stand-off Tim Stephenson in centre field with an outside break, James Bailey came into the line from full-back and despite a half-tackle linked with Foster, who jinked inside two defenders to score behind the sticks. Stephenson converted.

Gloucester did struggle at times to clear their lines – three times scrum-half Mike Prendergast was charged down – and when Saracens retrieved possession and built on a series of close range drives that heavily involved Seymour, they spread play right and centre Mike Stanley combined with full-back Edd Thrower who put winger Dan Caprice over in the corner.

Saracens were indeed competitive at this point and it took Gloucester until the second quarter to get on top at scrum-time – but once Collazo started to cook the home side were in business.

Gloucester built on their 7-5 lead after 18 minutes when Saracens coughed up the ball attempting to play from deep. Fullarton turned over after stand-off Gordon Ross elected to go wide following a big Gloucester scrum and Foster was able to take Prendergast’s pass, shrug off two attempted tackles and go in for try number two.

Stephenson converted and Gloucester were 14-5 up. The home-town front row were having a right old time of it and when Stephenson kicked across field it was Collazo who caused to odd heart murmur as Saracens retreated to win a close-range line-out.

The result was fairly predictable – once Gloucester had won the ball – and hooker Olivier Azam was bundled over to take Gloucester 19-5 ahead at the break and that was despite a yellow card for Christian Califano.

The second half was not as explosive but there were some very neat touches from Williams, who has obviously benefited from his time with Moseley, Andrew Rose got through plenty of work and there were some neat touches from wing Dan Ajuna.

Gloucester’s fourth try came eight minutes after the break and from a scrum Stephenson linked with Williams who had the strength and power to reach the corner to score.

Saracens were never really in the game thereafter and Ross was substituted which effectively diluted their offensive capabilities even further. There was still time from Ajuna, Dan Norton and Williams to combine brilliantly from one side of the pitch to the other but Williams’ inside ball was adjudged forward to Bailey to prevent what would have been a sensational try.

But it was fitting the home side had the last word in the final minute when flanker Rose was driven over the line for try number five to complete a very comfortable and deserved victory.

Moseley v Dartmouth College (x2) - 19 March 2008

2 Matches were played on Wednesday 19 March against American opposition from Dartmouth College, New England – Under 18/Academy and Development.

Moseley Development 46 Dartmouth College 1st XV 5

In the evening at Bournbrook, a Moseley Development XV captained by Dan Ostleton won an open game of rugby 46 -5 with an impressive performance at three quarter by former Moseley junior and Colt Steve Leach (now with Midland 3 Champions Camp Hill). There was also a solid match at scrum half by our new Moseley Colt from New Zealand Peter Shaw. Players from several local clubs were involved, Camp Hill, Droitwich, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham University, Longton and Gloucester University.

Our thanks to these players (and their clubs) in particular without whom we could not have played the match due to ten Moseley Colts and development players playing in the North Midlands Under 20 semi final the same night.

Try scorers were Ollie Greatholder 2, Ollie Poynton, Aaron Higgins Steve Leach, Mike Willets, Dan Ostleton, Jamie Harrap with three conversions by Aaron Higgins. - Dave Ireland

“A” Team loses out in thriller

Despite scoring six tries - including a brace for Jack Adams - The Guinness A League side lost out in a thriller against Saracens on Monday. Saracens scored a try with the last play of the game to secure the 48-40 win.

It looked as if the watching fans were in for a treat when both side ran in three tries apiece in the opening quarter of an hour and the lead swapped hands several times before Saracens regained the advantage in the closing minutes.

It was an experienced side who took the lead after just three minutes when Jonathan Pendlebury broke through the defensive line to score with Mark Davies adding the extras.

The visitors, who included the likes of Patrice Collazo, Olivier Azam, Christian Califano and James Bailey in their line-up, were then caught cold four minutes later when Matt Cairns went over at the back of a forward surge for the line. Gordon Ross converted.

Two minutes later and Saracens were in front. A flowing move across the pitch ended with James Short going over in the corner. However, Jack Adams then read a floated pass from Ross to make the interception on halfway and he ran clear to touchdown under the posts. Davies converted. Bailey then went over in the corner to get Gloucester’s third of the afternoon and give them a 19-12 lead.

But when prop Alatise Ale – guesting in the game from Barking RFC - crashed over the line for Saracens with Ross adding the conversion, it levelled the scores in what was a breathless opening quarter of the match.

Pendlebury got himself a yellow card on thirty-two minutes when Gloucester were penalised for killing the ball for a third time in quick succession but it wasn’t until the final play of the half that Saracens took advantage. Cairns was the man out wide for the overlap and the hooker got his second of the match to make it 24-19 at the break.

Scrum-half Mike Prendergrast sniped through a gap on the edge of a ruck to go clear for the visitors just three minutes into the second half and the conversion for Davies saw the lead change hands once again.

Flanker Tom Audley then struck twice inside five minutes, the second of which was a peach of a score that was started with a break from Rodd Penney out wide before the ball was transferred to the other side of the pitch for Audley to cut in off his line and score.

Adams got his second interception score of the afternoon on the hour, this time taking a pass on the Saracens 22 and going under the posts. Davies converted and it was back to a one point game at 34-33.

Mickey Wilson capped a fine display for Saracens with a try of his own as he wriggled over among a mass of bodies on the Gloucester line with Ross adding the extras. However, the visitors weren’t finished and replacement scrum half Dave Lewis set up an exciting final ten minutes with a converted try that made it 41-40.

But a score from Will Fraser with the final play of the game secured the bonus point win for the home side on an entertaining afternoon despite outstanding efforts from Gloucester's number eight Petorious.
Saracens scorers: Tries: Cairns (2), Audley (2), Wilson, Fraser, Ale, Short. Cons: Ross (4)

Gloucester scorers: Tries: Adams (2), Bailey, Prendergast, Pendlebury, Lewis. Cons: Davies (5)

Saracens line-up: Thrower, Penney, Sorrell (Api 41), Stanley, Short (Bishop 70), Ross, Wilson (Baldwin 70), Yates (Mitchell 41), Cairns, Ale (Walker 41), Garvie, Fullarton, Audley (Watkins 60), Seymour, Fraser

Gloucester line-up: Bailey, Sharples (Norton 60), Trinder, Adams, Foster, Davies, Prendergast (Lewis 65), Collazo (George 73), Azam (McMillan 60), Califano (Forster 41), Tuohy, Pendlebury, Gilbert, Thompson (Foden 70), Petorious

Bath United 46 Moseley/Gloucester United 10 - 7 January 2008

Gloucester/Moseley's second string was put to the sword by a vastly more experienced Bath outfit at Cleve Rugby Club. Academy starlet Dan Gordon, playing in the centre, was the star for Mark Cornwell's side with two tries - both converted by fly-half Mark Davies - while scrum-half Andries Pretorious impressed.

GLOUCESTER/MOSELEY UNITED: A. Higgins (MRC), P. Briggs, H. Trinder (MRC/GRC), D. Gordon, M. Foster, M. Davies, M. Prendergast; N. Williams (MRC), M. Deacon, J. Forster (MRC/GRC), A. Hadley (MRC), S. Herrington (MRC), J. Harrop, G. Thompson, D. Williams (MRC/GRC). Reps: P. Ensor, J. Cresswell, A. Pretorious, J. Pasqualin, L. Ward (MRC), S. Yarwood (MRC), P. Norris (MRC).


Moseley/Gloucester  28 - Bath United 42 - 5th November 2007
A team of two half's - forwards & backs!

“Forwards won the game and backs threw it away every time the forwards got level. Mark Davies had a night mare, missed five kicks at goal plus a bag full of errors under pressure.

Ejike (7) got yellow carded after 30 mins for not rolling away, then on 60 mins got another yellow card for an illegal tackle - so left the field disgraced. However the remaining forwards still managed to score a fantastic try from a forty yard rolling maul.

With five minutes to go it was 28-28 (even allowing for Mark Davies) but the backs then kicked poorly and invited Barf to run at them, they did and the backs missed their ‘one on one’ vital tackles and lost the game.

The front 5 (including their substitutes) all came away from the game with a lot of credit, the back row had some good moments but failed to dominate, the backs were awful. - Glos Watcher (from the message board)

“Moseley provides 12 out of 15 starters”

Yes - agree with Glos Watcher's comments. When we pulled back to 28-28 with our pack going well with a few minutes to go, it seemed that we could win it but poor defence (and attack!) in the backs lost us the game.

The co-ordination in the pack may have been due to the fact that all seven of the eight starters (all except Scots World Cup player Dickenson at loose head) play together at Moseley and when Buxton came on it was all eight (until Ejike's moment of madness).

The 40 yard rolling maul try was a joy to see and sent the typical forward play appreciating Gloucester crowd into raptures. Bath were very big and strong even if a couple of their players did not appear completely fit whereas in the backs we were young, lightweight and inexperienced.

Stand out players were Alex Hadley who was superb at receiving kick offs and in the lineout and his 2nd row partner Sam Herrington. Dickenson showed his class as an International player with both his solid scrummaging and loose play including a 40 yard run.

All the Moseley props Buxton, Bayliss and Forster (well he has played every 1st XV game except one for us this season!) were good. Tom Warren did a superb steal from an opposition maul 5 yards from our line when he came on in the second half. Scrum Half Dave Lewis showed great speed with his little breaks.

With 12 of the 15 starters being Moseley registered players, it wasn't a bad night. Just think how we would have done if we'd been playing at home! Four further games against the "A" XVs of Harlequins, Wasps, London Irish and Saracens are at Billesley. On this performance Moseley/Gloucester can be very competitive in the Guinness A League- especially if we find a couple of mature backs to steady the ship. - Mose Watcher – also from the message board

Team: Alasdair Dickinson G; Dan Oselton M; Jack Forster -M/G; Alex Hadley –M; Sam Herrington – M; Adrian Lightowler – M; Ejike Uzoigwe - M; Dan Williams - M/G; Dave Lewis - M/G; Mark Davies - M/G; Ollie Winterbottom –G; Ian Culligan – M; Henry Trinder – M; Nathan Bressington – M; 15. Matt Williams - M

Replacements: Ben Buxton (M) prop; Neil Bayliss (M) prop; John Cresswell (G) hooker; Luke Langham (G) back row; Tom Warren ( M) back row; Gareth Taylor (M) scrum half; Ian Briggs (M) centre/wing

M= Moseley; G= Gloucester; M/G = dual registered player

Moseley A 27 Leeds Carnegie A 29

Moseley: Winter; Norton, Culligan, Trinder, Pryce; MacDonald, Ireland; P Coles, Lea, Buxton, Harrington, Betts, Tereska, Macintosh, D Williams.
Replacements – Shewell (Droitwich), Ormsby (Bournville), Uzoigwe, Deaville, Hunter, Brigs (Camp Hill), Lowbridge (Worcester).

‘A’ XV –the match as it happened
Time Stat Scorer
3 mins Pen Greg MacDonald
7 mins Try Leeds
20 mins Try Leeds
25 mins Try Karl Pryce 60 metre dash! Opposition no chance of catching him!
25 mins Con MacDonald
39 mins Try Leeds

Half time 10-17

55 mins Pen MacDonald
60 mins Try McIntosh - powerfully forced from 10 metres after many mauls and rucks
60 mins Con MacDonald
75 mins Try Leeds
75 mins Con Leeds
78 mins Try Williams (D) again powerfully forced from 10 metres
78 mins Con MacDonald
80 mins+ Try Leeds - Last play of the match following lengthy injury stoppage.

Match report  - Courtesy of the Leeds Carnegie Website:

Young full back Peter Wackett snatched a dramatic late victory for a young and inexperienced A team at Moseley on Monday night.

Diccon Edwards' side included a number of younger members of the Leeds Academy due to call ups to the first team following injuries to senior players. In contrast, the Moseley XV was mainly made up of fringe first team players and recruits from Gloucester as part of the arrangement between the two clubs. The home side included from Bradford Bulls winger Karl Pryce on the wing and he was amongst the scorers for Moseley.

Leeds played excellently throughout and were good value for their 29-25 win although they left it late to seal the result. Two defensive errors had gifted Moseley tries however the young side show real maturity not to let it affect them and they came right back at the Midlanders.

Back row Sam Stitcher crossed for two tries whilst there was one apiece for Scott Armstrong and Wackett, the latter coming in the last play of the game. Luke Gray added two conversions.

The only down side for the A team came two minutes from time when second row Tom Denton dislocated his ankle. The young lock had produce a man of the match performance before suffering the injury and is now likely to be out until at least New Year.

Birmingham University 22 Moseley Development XV 20 - 26 Sept 2007

On a cold and breezy night at Bournbrook, Moseley Development were pipped 20 -22 by Birmingham Uni 1st XV. Fielding a squad of players that was a mixture of Moseley Colts and senior players combined with several guests from Staffordshire and North Midlands clubs, Moseley were under the cosh for the first twenty minutes of the match. The enthusiastic Uni XV showed a lot of pace and commitment.

Former Moseley Colts scrum half Dave Edwards, made a lot of early breaks for the Uni and was a thorn in Moseley’s side for most of the first half. Moseley were two tries down 0-12 after twenty minutes before gaining a little more control and pulled one try back just before half time Hooker Craig Lea finished off a driving maul from a penalty five metres out.

Just after half time Moseley scored again with Tom Cowell, a Staffordshire U20 No 8 putting Loosehead prop James Sewell (Droitwich) over in the corner to make it 10-12.

It was then end to end stuff with the Uni making it 10-17 halfway through the second half before Moseley re-established themselves and scored two tries from Lea and Sewell again to edge ahead 20-17 before the University scored with five minutes of play remaining to make it 20-22.

Stephen Halbert captained the side and an interesting replacement came on during the last twenty minutes by way of 18 year old Ben Robson at Scrum Half (son of Simon Robson former Moseley stalwart in the 1980s).

An entertaining game was had and we hope to have a few more similar games throughout the season. - Dave Ireland

Moseley “A” 28 Northampton Wanderers “A” 33 - Monday 24th September

“Floodlight failure denies Moseley a spectacular comeback win”

In conditions more amenable to a warm brandy, a blanket and a log fire, the second teams of Moseley and Northampton served up a 61-point thriller at Billesley Common. (The spectators however did of course enjoy the comfort of the excellent new covered stand! – Ed)

The downfield wind and rain played their full part in the proceedings. In the first half, with the wind at their backs and playing down the slope, the Wanderers backs were incisive and the forwards galvanised by the regular sight of Stephen Myler’s punts sailing downfield.

Four tries came from the dominance to Mark Easter – after a ninety metre Myler clearance – David Smith, John Brake and Chris Ashton. The three later tries were all well taken in different ways. Smith’s because of the interplay between forwards and backs and the timing of Ashton’s run into the line; Brake’s for sheer cheek and opportunism; and Ashton’s for Myler’s ability to slide through a good kick despite being under pressure.

Myler added three conversions and with the only replies coming from a Paul Cox try and two Greg Macdonald penalties the visitors were comfortably 26-11 clear at half-time, despite Easter’s yellow card.

The score became 33-11 four minutes into the second half with a lovely Jack Hoyles try and conversion, reward for the 19-year-old centre’s two breaks through the Moseley defence.

Then Moseley’s comeback started with a double hit - twice in two minutes - thanks to the pace of wing Dan Norton. Though he didn’t cross the whitewash himself he created a try apiece for Macdonald and Ollie Winter. Macdonald added a conversion, and with Karl Pryce’s try a minute past the hour the game was in the balance at 28-33.

With a good climax building and Moseley continuing to press for the winning score fate, or rather the floodlight fuse box, dealt its hand. Twice in ten minutes half the floodlights failed. The first time led to a five-minute stoppage. The repeat, a couple of minutes from time, resulted in the full-time whistle and all involved headed to the warmth of the changing rooms. However the real glow was in the spectators who had watched an enjoyable encounter.

Moseley – Winter; Norton, Culligan, Cox, Pryce; Macdonald, Taylor; Buxton, Caves, Ensor, Hadley, Betts, Macintosh, Bignell, Williams.
Replacements – Smith, Lea, Herrington, Deaville, Uzoigwe, Ward, Massey, Garner.

Wanderers – Harries; Ashton, Starling, Hoyles, Smith; Myler (Anderson 40mins), Brake; Vickers, Shields (Gray 40mins), Purbrook, Browne (capt)(Hoy 40mins), Cannon, Rudzki (Sigley 50mins), Easter, Lawes.

Moseley – Try: Cox, Macdonald, Winter, Pryce; Con: Macdonald; Pens: Macdonald (2).

Wanderers – Tries: Easter, Smith, Brake, Ashton, Hoyles; Cons: Myler (3), Hoyles.

4mins WAND Try Easter Con Myler 0-7
9mins WAND Try Smith 0-12
14mins MOSE Pen Macdonald 3-12
15mins WAND Try Brake Con Myler 3-19
20mins MOSE Try Cox 8-19
23mins WAND Try Ashton Con Myler 3-26
30mins MOSE Pen Macdonald 11-26
34mins WAND Yellow card Easter


44mins WAND Try Hoyles Con Hoyles 11-33
48mins MOSE Try Macdonald 16-33
50mins MOSE Try Winter Con Macdonald 23-33
61mins MOSE Try Pryce 28-33

Moseley ‘A’ (29) 65 Nottingham ‘A’ (0) 5 - September 3rd 2007

This ‘A’ team game at Billesley was dominated by the home side and demonstrated to a good crowd that there is strength in depth at the club this season. The line-up featured many ‘regular’ 1st team players from last season as well as a welcome return by club captain Gareth Taylor.

A debut try for Canadian lock Oliver Atkinson was only thwarted by good last ditch defence from the green and whites after a slick interchange with winger Karl Pryce. This was a dominating effort from the home side with stand out performances all around the park.

Tries: Winter, Culligan, Sharples (2), Lightowler, D. Williams, Lea, Norton, Pryce.
Conv: Massey (6)
Pen: Massey

15. Ollie Winter; 14. Charlie Sharples* 13. Ian Culligan; 12. Paul Cox; 11. Dan Norton*;10. Greg Massey **; 09. Dan Hunter; 01. Paul Coles; 02. Dan Oselton; 03. Neil Bayliss;04. Alex Hadley; 05. Oliver Atkinson; 06. Adrian Lightowler; 07. Richie Bignell; 08. Dan Williams*.

Reps - Rhydian Smith; Craig Lea; Will Betts; Tom Macintosh; Stefan Tariska; Bruce Thomas; Luke Ward; Gareth Taylor; Henry Trinder*; Karl Pryce*

* - Dual registered England Academy player
** - Guest Staffs & Midlands U20







































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