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1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (Away) Sat 05/02/2011 

Match Report

Plymouth Albion 6  Moseley 6

Saturday 5th February

Plymouth

(3) 6

Moseley

(3) 6

Tries

Con

Pen

Lee, Davies

Thomas 2

DG

Attend

1575

Referee

Plymouth

Moseley

Kieran Hallett

15

Anthony Carter

Ben Mercer

14

Christopher Bishay

Keni Fisilau

13

Bevon Armitage

Sione Tuipulotu

12

Andy Reay

Cameron Mitchell

11

Oliver Thomas

Alex Davies

10

Bradley Davies

Ruairi Cushion

9

Ryan De La Harpe

George Porter

1

Nathan Williams

Gareth Evans

2

Adam Caves

Ryan Hopkins

3

Terry Sigley

Dan Collier

4

David Lyons

Robin Copeland

5

Paul Spivey

Sean-Michael Stephen

6

Neil Mason

Rory Watts-Jones

7

Michael Maltman

Aaron Carpenter

8

Chevvy Pennycook

Replacements

Tom Kessell

16

Craig Voisey

Mark Lee

17

George Warner

Fionn McLoughlin

18

Ben Maidment

David Morton

19

Ben Pons

Rupert Freestone

20

Gareth Taylor

Tom Skelding

21

Edward Styles

Wayne Sprangle

22

Joe Munro

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

Plymouth

Min

Score

Moseley

Pen Alex Davies

3

3 - 0

 

7

3 - 0

Yellow Card Paul Spivey

 

18

3 - 3

Pen Oliver Thomas

Rep Fionn McLoughlin For Cameron Mitchell (Injury)

37

3 - 3

 

Rep Tom Skelding For Dan Collier (Tactical)

40

3 - 3

 

 

53

3 - 6

Pen Oliver Thomas

 

60

3 - 6

Rep Edward Styles For Christopher Bishay (Tactical)

Rep Mark Lee For Alex Davies (Tactical)

60

3 - 6

 

 

60

3 - 6

Rep Gareth Taylor For Ryan De La Harpe (Tactical)

Pen Mark Lee

62

6 - 6

 

 

73

6 - 6

Rep Craig Voisey For Terry Sigley (Tactical)

Rep David Morton For Ryan Hopkins (Tactical)

75

6 - 6

 

Rep Wayne Sprangle For Rory Watts-Jones (Tactical)

76

6 - 6

 

 

76

6 - 6

Rep Joe Munro For Andy Reay (Tactical)

Rep Tom Kessell For Ruairi Cushion (Tactical)

78

6 - 6

Match Report

By Brian Dick Birmingham Post

 How Moseley would have traded the 52m drop goal Ollie Thomas produced to twist the knife against Birmingham & Solihull nine days ago for a poorly-struck, ugly duckling effort from half the distance at Brickfields.

Whilst the wing's monster effort against Bees amounted to just three of the 42 points Mose plundered in their last match at Billesley Common, it would have been so much more valuable in deepest, dankest Devon.

Three points on the scoreboard, four to the league total and importantly another win for what is now sure to be a second successive ride on the relegation roller-coaster.

Yet we should not be surprised the mercurial play-maker didn't split the uprights as unerringly as he had a week before. Everything was against him.

 The underfoot conditions were difficult, the wind almost unmanageable and the pressure. Oh the pressure.

The two situations could not have been more different. Against Bees Thomas was part of a team that was functioning smoothly, one with the spoils in the bag, safe in the knowledge that if his attempt from inside his own half fell short, no-one would really care.

In Plymouth, though, we were four minutes into added time, the scores were tied and the visitors had spent several phases trying to build the platform for the 27-year-old to win the game.

To have done so would have been more heroic than the much more handsome effort against Bees, perhaps more so than at Twickenham. Indeed it would have taken a mastery of the elements that had eluded all of the other 40 participants for the entire afternoon.

 Back came the ball, too slowly, in came the defenders and up went the kick only to be blown off course. There should be no censure.

 Especially not from the forwards who couldn't sort out their lineout for the whole match, nor from the backs who were unable to rise above the muddy mess of a match that was difficult to love yet impossible from which to avert one's eyes.

 Not that there were not very many positives for Moseley. Their scrum was the keystone around which their entire effort was built and when Plymouth decided to take it on instead of going for the sticks with a 66th minute penalty, it was a red rag to eight Red and Black bulls.

 Not only did Moseley shove the hosts back at a rate of knots, they made a statement that will resonate for the rest of the nerve-racking season.

 On reflection though, there will be some things Moseley will wish to have done differently. Selection is one of those elements in which hindsight always confers 20:20 vision.

 But this was a day for a big ball carrying centre and the one rumble Joe Munro did get as a late substitute suggested he might have been the better option on a day when the traffic and the weather were heavy.

 Gareth Taylor also came on and made a very positive impact, surely his extensive experience would have spotted the need to use the cross wind more effectively to pin Albion back in their right-hand corner.

 But Plymouth made errors too. Why they opted to scrum that penalty and not go for goal inside the 22 on a day when three points was going to be decisive only they will know.

 It might yet cost them much more than Thomas' missed drop goal.

 
 
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