1st XV Match Report V Aberavon (h) Sat 18/08/2012 

 

Teams

 

Moseley

45 - 21

Aberavon

T

Anthony Carter

15

Paul Bamsey

 

 

Anders Morgensen

14

Jonathan Phillips

T

T

Billy Robinson

13

Ben John

T

T CCCC P

Charlie Hayter

12

Richard Thomas

 

 

Simon Hunt

11

Steve Davies

 

 

Brad Davies

10

Craig Evans

C

 

Alex Day

9

Dan Davies

 

 

Ethan Waller

1

Chris John

 

 

Adam Caves

2

Gareth Harvey

 

 

Craig Voisey

3

Andrew Clatworthy

 

 

Adam Powell (C)

4

Rhydian Gierat

 

 

Addison Lockley

5

Sam Williams (C)

 

 

Neil Mason

6

Lee Purnell

 

 

Ben Pons

7

Ben Thomas

 

T

Ben Pienaar

8

Chris Davies

 

Replacements

 

Chaz Meddick

16

Darren Ritchie

 

 

Craig Lea

17

James Davies

CC

 

Stefan Thorpe

18

David Pritchard

 

 

Buster Lawrence

19

Neil White

 

 

Matt Lowcock

20

Ieuan Davies

 

 

Ryan Glynn

21

Evan Yardley

T

CC

Glyn Hughes

22

Gavin Ronan

 

 

Liam Mather

23

Morgan Allen

 

 

Sam Wilkes

24

Calum Evans

 

T

Nigel Burrows

25

 

 

 

Rob Dempsey

26

 

 

 

Sam Brown

27

 

 

 

Caolan Ryan

28

 

 

 

Ollie Thomas

29

 

 

 

 

Match Report – by Glyn Barlow

Saturdays game provided not only a further opportunity for the coaching team to work on new combinations and drills but also a chance to avenge the 40 – 26 loss incurred in last season’s pre-season game at the Talbot Athletic Ground. And it was a chance taken in style as Moseley ran off the pitch winners 45 – 21in an open game which saw nine tries scored.

 

Moseley made an early statement of intent following a penalty kick to touch deep into the Aberavon 22. The subsequent catch and drive from the Line out saw Ben Pienaar claim his first try in a Moseley Shirt. Simon Hunt added the two points with a well struck kick from out wide.

 

Aberavon were quick to hit back with a well taken try by winger Jonathan Philips who chipped over the Moseley defensive line, collecting his kick to touch down. Craig Evans kicked the subsequent conversion.

 

Following the restart Moseley made a couple of telling breaks, with Ben Pons who played an excellent 40 minutes prominent in both, moving to within five metres of the Aberavon line. It was here Moseley’s forward dominance began to really take hold. Following a scrum which Moseley’s pack drove through a crumbling Aberavon eight a penalty was awarded. Moseley elected for another scrum with the same outcome. On the third scrum which Aberavon again illegally disrupted the referee’s patience finally wore out and he awarded a penalty try. Hunt again obliged with the two points. This sequence of play characterised a very solid first half performance from the Moseley pack who seemed to work extremely well as a unit.

 

From the restart by Aberavon Anthony Carter made a good clearance kick taking play up to the opposition 22. A lineout infringement saw Moseley kick another penalty to touch. A well taken lineout by Addison Lockley, who combined well with Adam Caves in the lineout department, saw the forwards again exert pressure on Aberavon with a powerful drive. Scrum Half Alex Day then made a telling break around the side of the ruck to make further ground. Three punishing drives from the forwards followed before the ball was sent across the back line for Charlie Hayter to make a well judged pass to Antony Carter who ran in under the posts. Hunt again added the conversion, and with 20 minutes gone Moseley were 21 – 7 up. If anything this passage of play seemed to epitomise what coaches Kevin Maggs and Dave Hilton are aiming for this season with excellent forward play, securing ball and pressurising the opposition, allowing the talented back line to cut loose.

 

Aberavon restarted to Ben Pienaar who, with probably his only mistake of the day, knocked on. From the subsequent scrum Aberavon finally began a few minutes of attacking the Moseley line, however their big back line lacked precision and penetration against a resolute defence allowing Moseley to regain possession and Alex Day to make an a touch kick from deep in his 22 to the half way line.

 

Showing initiative Aberavon took a quick lineout, but the Moseley defensive line was up quickly and an error in midfield saw Aberavon Penalised for crossing. Ollie Thomas made them pay for the mistake with a fine touch kick deep into the 22. Again Lockley made a good take in the air allowing the forwards to drive. Aberavon encroached offside in midfield and a penalty was awarded 20 metres out in front of the posts. Three points? No chance, scrum again please sir.

 

Predictably Moseley went forward, Aberavon fell apart, penalty again. Moseley set again and this time, for a bit of variety Aberavon conceded a free kick. Down again went the packs and this time they picked up from the back of the scrum and Neil Mason nearly made it to the line but lost the ball forward. A lineout clearance to the 22 saw Moseley again on the attack, unfortunately to be stopped as Aberavon went offside at the breakdown. The referee finally lost patience with the persistent infringements and sent Chris Davies to contemplate the errors of his ways for ten minutes.

 

Only one thing was going to happen here, Thomas kick to the 22, Pienaar with a catch and drive and Moseley go forward again. Unfortunately this time the play came to nought as Charlie Hayter was penalised for holding on in midfield.

 

Aberavon cleared the ball to 35 metres out but Moseley stole the subsequent lineout. Scrappy play by both sides saw Moseley eventually awarded a scrum in the Aberavon 22. A well worked backs move off the scrum saw Simon Hunt scorch over for a try in the corner. Hunt again hit a marvellous conversion from a difficult angle.

 

The restart saw Aberavon on the attack in Moseley’s half, but they achieved nothing with the ball being cleared up to half way. From the lineout Aberavon moved the ball across the backs but were again penalised, this time for holding onto the ball in the tackle. With half time imminent Simon Hunt stepped up and sent a massive kick over the posts from 55 metres out. With him, Glyn Hughes, Ollie Thomas and Brad Hunt all vying for kicking duties this season Moseley seem spoilt for choice in this department.

 

Half Time Moseley 31 – 7 Aberavon.

 

One had to feel sorry for the poor Wizards supporter who kept shouting “Aber”, “Aber” over and over again as the second half started. Clearly shell shocked from the first half score the poor guy had forgotten it ended “avon” as much as he tried.

 

As the main purpose of this pre-season game for both teams was to give the squads a thorough review the starting fifteens of the second half bore little relationship to those that kicked off at 3.00pm. While players got used to new combinations and supporters tried to figure out who was on the field the game somewhat unsurprisingly lost shape for the initial part of the half.

 

Aberavon seemed to cope better with the changes and struck first with a well worked try by centre Ben John following a sequence of moves in Moseley’s half. James Davies was successful with the conversion and at 31 – 14 spectators began to wonder if this would be the start of a Wizards fight back.

 

Moseley began to up the intensity and again poor Aberavon discipline gave Moseley a penalty kick to touch inside the opposition 22. This time the forward momentum stuttered with a knock on giving possession back. A charged down kick kept pressure on the Aberavon line. When they eventually cleared a quick throw in from Ryan Glynn was incorrectly called back by the referee, who had the good grace to admit his error. Unfortunately the lineout that followed saw Moseley surrender possession with a knock on.

 

A period of back and forward play in midfield rewarded Aberavon with a penalty in the Moseley 22. A quick tap and run saw Aberavon pass the ball out wide. Billy Robinson quickly realised that the Aberavon wide players were forwards and moved in picking off the final pass in his 22. Afterburners turned on there was only one outcome as he ran the ball in under the  posts. Glyn Hughes, taking over the kicking duties popped over the two points.

 

Celebrations were quickly curtailed as the referee caught a Moseley infringing just after the restart and showing a consistency of decisions for both sides he allowed Nigel Burrows to exit the arena for a ten minute break.

 

Credit to Aberavon they came back at Moseley and a concerted forward drive near the try line yielded a try for Evan Yardley, converted by James Davies.

 

At 38 – 21 you would be excused for thinking Moseley would be coasting to the final whistle however there were plenty of endeavours left. A neat half break and offload from Brad Davies let Simon Hunt worry the defence with a strong run. Unfortunately the ball was lost in the tackle. From subsequent play Moseley again recovered the ball and managed to penetrate the Aberavon 22. Pressure on Aberavon saw a free kick awarded to Moseley. Quickly taken, good ground was made by Matt Lowcock and the ball eventually went into the hands of Nigel Burrows who made up for earlier transgressions by scoring Moseley’s sixth try, which Hughes again converted.

 

The full time whistle sounded shortly afterwards with Moseley finishing an entertaining game winners 45 – 21. Credit should be given to all the squad who participated in that no one who took to the field lessoned the effectively of the team by their presence. Kevin Maggs ethos of good ball from the forwards, with backs playing at pace was in evidence for all to see. The pack, which has undergone considerable changes this season, seemed to operate very effectively from the off.

 

On the basis of this performance we may just be in for a very exciting season at Billesley Common.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

 

Min

Score

 

Try Ben Pienaar

05

5 - 0

 

Con Simon Hunt

06

7 - 0

 

 

11

7 – 5

Try Jonathan Phillips

 

11

7 – 7

Con Craig Evans

Penalty Try

15

12 – 7

 

Con Simon Hunt

16

14 – 7

 

Try Anthony Carter

20

19 – 7

 

Con Simon Hunt

21

21 – 7

 

Rep Ollie Thomas for Anders Morgensen

25

21 - 7

 

 

28

21 – 7

Rep David Pritchard for Dan Davies

 

35

21 – 7

Yellow Card Chris Davies

Try Simon Hunt

40

26 – 7

 

Con Simon Hunt

41

28 – 7

 

Rep Caolan Ryan for Billy Robinson

44

28 - 7

 

Pen Simon Hunt

45

31 – 7

 

Rep Ryan Glynn for Alex Day

H/T

31 - 7

 

Rep Liam Mather for Addison Lockley

H/T

31 - 7

 

Rep Buster Lawrence for Adam Powell

H/T

31 - 7

 

Rep Craig Lea for Adam Caves

H/T

31 - 7

 

Rep Chaz Meddick for Ethan Waller

H/T

31 - 7

 

Rep Stefan Thorp for Craig Voisey

H/T

31 - 7

 

Rep Nigel Burrows for Neil Mason

H/T

31 - 7

 

Rep Matt Lowcock for Ben Pons

H/T

31 - 7

 

 

H/T

31 - 7

Rep Morgan Allen for Lee Purnell

 

H/T

31 – 7

Rep Gavin Ronan for Rhydian Gierat

 

H/T

31 – 7

Rep Ieuan Davies for Gareth Harvey

 

H/T

31 – 7

Rep Neil White for Chris John

 

H/T

31 – 7

Rep Jamie Davies for Craig Evans

 

49

31 – 12

Try Ben John

 

50

31 – 14

Con Jamie Davies

Rep Glyn Hughes for Brad Davies

50

31 – 14

 

Rep Rob Dempsey for Ollie Thomas

50

31 – 14

 

Rep Sam Brown for Ryan Glynn

55

31 – 14

 

Rep Billy Robinson for Anthony Carter

55

31 – 14

 

 

58

31 – 14

Rep Lee Purnell for Ben Thomas

Rep Sam Wilkes for Craig Lea

60

31 – 14

 

 

63

31 – 14

Rep Darren Ritchie for Ben Johns

 

63

31 – 14

Rep Craig Evans for Steve Davies

 

65

31 – 14

Rep Chris John for Andrew Clatworthy

Rep Ethan Waller for Chaz Meddick

65

31 – 14

 

 

67

31 – 14

Rep Evan Yardley for Ieuan Davies

Yellow Card Nigel Burrows

69

31 – 14

 

Try Billy Robinson

71

36 – 14

 

Con Glyn Hughes

72

38 – 14

 

 

72

38 – 14

Rep Calum Evans for Chris Davies

 

72

38 – 14

Rep Ben Thomas for Lee Purnell

 

75

38 – 19

Try Evan Yardley

 

76

38 – 21

Con Jamie Davies

Try Nigel Burrows

80

43 – 21

 

Con Glyn Hughes

81

42 - 21