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 ‘A’ and Development Fixtures

This coming 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.

Match reports

Moseley Development 58 - 23rd Pioneer Regiment 0 - Monday 17th November

On Monday evening the Development side containing five first team players, (Ben Buxton, Ollie Atkinson, Adam Whitney, Dan Oselton and James Ireland), played against a 23rd Pioneer Regiment (British Army) side. Most of the opposition were Islanders by extraction, most prevalent being Fijians.

Their running and tackling were both very Fijian-like, but nevertheless our lads had superior organisation and played the conditions better to get a deserved win by 58-0. We scored 10 tries, 7 coming in a free-scoring first half, at the end of which we had an unassailable lead of 41-0.

Once again we were grateful to have a number of guest players representing us, many of whom were former Colts. We thank them for their efforts, and their Clubs for releasing them to play.

15 James Oliver; 14 Steve Leach; 13 James Tiarks; 12 Jon Critchlow; 11 Tamasi Tanui; 10 Greg Macdonald; 9 James Ireland;

1 Ben Buxton; 2 Dan Ostleton; 3 Steve Blackburn ; 4 Rob Hill; 5 James Daniel; 6 Joe Callaghan-Adnam; 7 Adam Witney; 8 Ollie Atkinson


16 Alex Warner; 17 Greg Peace; 18 Dave Edwards; 19 Adam Baldock; 20 Dylan Jones; 21 Phil Horton; 22 Darren Forder

Moseley Development XV 8 Oxford University 24 -
Monday 6th October

This was an excellent performance by our development squad with seven Under 19 players in the team. Oxford capitalised on two mistakes early on in the first half to score a pair of breakaway tries after Moseley were pressing the opponents line taking the score to 0-14.

Former Moseley Colt and first teamer Matt Mountford then scored with a sixty metre sprint down the touchline to make it 5-14 at half time. Moseley reduced the deficit to six points with a penalty by Alex Warner and then pressed the Blues for about ten minutes but to no avail. Oxford, with All Black legend Anton Oliver in the side, scored two ‘late late’ tries to make it 8-24.

The result was not a fair reflection on game overall and many positives came out of the 80 minutes. Jimmy Ireland played an hour at scrum half, his first game back after a long lay off following a double shoulder operation and looked quite sharp. 2nd Row Ali Muldowney has recovered from his back problems and had a full match with several good driving runs. Four Moseley Colts (Alex Warner, Callum MacBurnie, Dan Rowlands and John Ball) acquitted them selves very well, all showing a lot of skill bravery and pace.

We were supported by excellent player representation from local clubs including Bournville, Camp Hill, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Worcester and Bromsgrove. The stand out players from these clubs were Dave Lyons (a big 2nd Row from Worcester) and Steve Blackburn (Bromsgrove) who had an excellent match at loose head. This was a worthwhile night for all including the support of about two hundred spectators which was much appreciated.

From our members on the Message Board:

“Moseley Dev XV worked hard at putting pressure on Oxford with Muldowney putting in some very good runs. Great to See James Ireland back, he put in some good breaks and seems to have lost none of his keenness to attack. Oxford had some good players (a former all blacks captain is a pretty useful squad member). I was impressed by their 2nd row and No13.

Two handling errors which led to turnovers and long range run-ins in the first half were the main problem. At the end of the day it was a team who trains and plays together against a "scratch" Moseley team so no real criticism to those who turned out for us”. – GB on the Message Board

“A Game Lost rather than won! It was 5 - 14 at half time with two breakaway tries in quick succession for the Blues. The second half was very gritty until two late unconverted tries were scored for the Blues with only a solitary Moseley penalty in reply.

Jimmy Ireland played for around 60-70 minutes without visible injury or knock, and made some sparkling breaks that got the supporters cheering. Unfortunately Greg McDonald picked up a knock in the first quarter and was out of the match. Hopefully he'll be back in action soon”. – Steve@Mose on the Message Board

From the Oxford Mail:

“Fullback Tim Catling bagged a brace of tries as Oxford University ran out 24-8 winners in a scrappy encounter at Moseley on Monday night. Catling set the Dark Blues on their way when he picked up a loose ball in his own 22 and raced eighty yards to touch down after thirteen minutes. Fly half Stuart O'Flanagan added the conversion.

Two minutes later, Oxford stunned the National League One side again. This time a loose ball was kicked through and second row Nic Van Zyl won the chase to touch down. O'Flanagan was again on target with the conversion.

Moseley reduced the deficit with a try on the half-hour mark, before adding a penalty five minutes into the second half. Oxford had scrum half Brendan McKerchar sin-binned before they wrapped up victory with two unconverted tries in the last ten minutes.

Replacement fly half Ross Swanson made a break for centre Sam Humphry-Baker to score. And then at the death, centre Tom Gregory burst through before releasing Catling for his second try. – Oxford Mail

Stourbridge v Moseley - Monday 22nd September

The Moseley team selected was:

1 Paul Norris; 2 James Weaver; 3 James Shewell; 4 Rob Hill; 5 Duncan Kelly; 6 Joe Callaghan Adnams; 7 Darren Forder; 8 Matt Tibbatts; 9 Rhun Jones; 10 Greg McDonald; 11 Dan Micklewright; 12 Steve Leach; 13 Paul Cox; 14 Dan Rowlands; 15 Alex Warner;

Replacements: 16 Dave Edwards; 17 Mike Willets; 18 Thibeau Irissou; 19 Rhydian Smith; 20 Jamie Harrap; 21 Nathan Walmsley; 22 Seamus McKim

Dual registered players in A team action

Gloucester A featured four of the Moseley/Gloucester dual registered player in their Guinness A league match against Leicester on Monday night. The starting line-up included Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Dave Lewis. Dan Williams. Jordi Pasqualin, Tristan Roberts and Dan Norton were on the bench.


Birmingham Uni v Moseley Development - Wed 17th Sept at Bournbrook

The Development team opened their season at Birmingham Uni on Wed 17th Sept.

Moseley Development:
1 Paul Norris; 2 Mike Willets; 3 James Shewell; 4 Rob Hill; 5 Chris Goddard; 6 Joe Callaghan Adnam; 7 Darren Forder; 8 Tom Macintosh ; 9 Rhun Jones; 10 Nathan Walmsley; 11 Thibeau Irissou; 12 Steve Leach; 13 Callum MacBurnie; 14 Dan Rowlands; 15 Nathan Walmsley

16 James Weaver; 17 Dan Toth; 18 Josh MacPherson; 19 Jon Betty; 20 Dan Micklewright; 21 Rhydian Smith; 22 Richard Protherough: Tom MacGuire; Alex Warner

Moseley won a competitive game 17 - 5 with tries from colts Calum McBurnie, Dan Rowlands and Tom Maguire, plus one conversion form Nathan Walmsley.







































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