1st XV Match Report V Northampton Saints (a) Thu 23/08/2012 

Teams

 

Northampton

35 - 22

Moseley

TT

Noah Cato

15

Ollie Thomas

T

T

Tom Collins

14

Simon Hun

 

 

Tom May

13

Anthony Carter

T

 

James Wilson

12

Charlie Hayter

 

 

Scott Armstrong

11

Anders Morgensen

 

CCC

Stephen Myler

10

Glyn Hughes

PC

T

Martin Roberts

9

Alex Day

 

 

Alex Waller

1

Ethan Waller

 

 

Mike Haywood

2

Adam Caves

 

 

Tom Mercey

3

Craig Voisey

 

 

Alex Woolford

4

Adam Powell (C)

 

 

Tom Hicks

5

Addison Lockley

 

 

Rhys Oakley

6

Neil Mason

 

 

Ben Nutley

7

Ben Pons

 

 

Mark Hopley

8

Ben Pienaar

T

Replacements

 

Ross McMillan

16

Sam Wilkes

 

 

David Hobbs

17

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Danny Herriott

18

Chaz Meddick

 

 

Jamie Warr

19

Oliver Robinson

 

 

Darrell Dyer

20

Sam Brown

 

 

Jack Allcock

21

Brad Davies

 

 

Ryan Glynn

22

Caolan Ryan

C

CC

Will Hooley

23

Liam Mather

 

T

Luther Burrell

24

Billy Robinson

 

 

Tom Stephenson

25

 

 

 

Alex Wootton

26

 

 

 

 

Match Report

By Chris Wearmouth – Northampton Saints Website

 

On a perfect night for running rugby Saints and Moseley served up some great entertainment for the two thousand supporters who made their way to the Gardens for the last home pre-season match of the summer.

 

Although the end result was a comfortable win for the Saints, the first half was a close-fought affair. That was despite the hosts exerting plenty of early dominance, rewarded not just by Ben Pons' yellow card just two minutes into the game but Noah Cato's excellent try.

 

Moseley had held out some power close to the line, but when Rhys Oakley and Ben Nutley made 30 metres from a lineout on the Saints' 22 it put the visitors well and truly on the back foot. Cato ultimately sped in, but he had James Wilson to thank for the peach of a pass which put the full back into clear space.

 

Moseley got on the board six minutes later when Glyn Hughes - at the second attempt - sent a long-range penalty between the sticks. And prompted by Hughes's attacking intent the Championship outfit took the lead just before the half-hour.

 

Full back Oliver Thomas made the initial break, England Sevens wing Simon Hunt took it up, and while some great defence stopped Neil Mason close to the line, the defenders had all been sucked in by the attack and there was no one to help Wilson prevent a four-man overlap giving a try to centre Anthony Carter.

 

This spurred Saints into action, who five minutes later were back in front. Myler's perfectly kicked penalty touchfinder put them on the front foot, and when the hosts worked through the phases - Oakley coming agonizingly close for a second time to a score - the overlap was soon in coming, Cato once more the beneficiary.

Myler's conversion made it 14-10 at the break, and not long after the resumption of play Saints had extended the lead.

 

Replacement Luther Burrell had an immediate impact, picking the ball off his bootlaces at pace and breaking the initial line of defence. The attack rolled remorselessly to the line and Martin Roberts darted over from close range.

 

Moseley hit back almost immediately through full back Oliver Thomas while the Saints coaches started to send the replacements on and blood some youth - Academy prospects Tom Stephenson, Will Hooley, Ryan Glynn and Danny Hobbs all entering the action before the hour.

 

However it was a youngster who had been on from the start, wing Tom Collins, who grabbed the next score, cutting back in off Oakley's break to sidestep and sprint his way over. And when Burrell powered his way over for the fifth try four minutes later the contest was as good as sealed.

 

Moseley had the last say with a Ben Pienaar try six minutes from time, but it was too little, too late, and the Saints head north in good spirits for their final pre-season game before the Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign gets underway on September 1st.

 

And some comments from the message boards:

 

Rich – “Very enjoyable game…. Strong young Saints players dumped on their backsides on numerous occasions. Forwards did a top job but were let down in the backs a few times - one such time winning a scrum against the head for the backs to drop it and end up conceding a try. Pons was the man of the match for me and played a Pennycookesque match!”

 

Iboromose – “All round good committed display. Many positives to be taken from the match and I don’t think any player had a poor game. Pons was excellent, was everywhere, and good to see some of Mason’s ‘commitment’ has rubbed off on him. He was yellow carded very early on which I thought was harsh. Front row did well in the scrums. Sam Browns speedy distribution caused them problems when he came on. Good match, and a good pre-season and optimism for the new season ahead.”

 

CJB1 – “Saints did have more of the ball, but I was more impressed by what we did when we had it. There was a lot of slick handling among the backs, who were prepared to try more breaks through the middle, and then had support when brought down. Attacks of dropsy will be cured by practice, and in fairness Saints had plenty of those too. The pack is looking pretty impressive, and drove Saints off their own ball more than once, plus we got turnover ball from the rucks in promising positions. Lineout still needs settling down, some overthrown ball gifted to Saints.”

 

Gerald the Fish – “WHAT A GREAT GAME.......Moseley did so well tonight some of the Northampton fans were shocked. I know we lost, and believe me we know the areas we went wrong in, but an absolutely fantastic effort by all involved. The scrum did well and I thought it held it's own, there was strength there and it looked easily on par with NHS. When we were under pressure we didn't panic and seemed to have a more controlled approach to our defence. We appeared to have a much more organized attack than in previous seasons, and scored some fantastic tries, cutting through their defence with no trouble.

The only issues for me are A , the line out. We seem to have trouble hitting the right man. B, handling errors, a lot of dropped ball etc. In fact, thinking about it most of their tries were the product of a mistake by us. If we can iron these issues out with a more settled squad then I feel really confident about this season. More confident than I did last season. Hopefully Kevin's intentions of top 6 aren't so far away at all.”

 

LaurieK (Saints) – What surprised me was the way Moseley were always on top in the scrums despite us having a first team quality front row. The player of the match was Glyn Hughes by a mile for me. Anders and Alex and Ethan all had solid games as well.”

 

ElmaFudd (Saints) – Moseley played well and were tough to break down. Saints were perhaps guilty of taking them a bit lightly in the first half and were lacking a bit of cohesion.”

 

SaintKenneth (Saints) – “Experience, stamina and a greater strength in depth from the bench allowed us to win comfortably in the end, but Moseley put up one helluva fight.”

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

Min

Score

 

 

2

0 - 0

YC Ben Pons

Try Noah Cato

7

5 – 0

 

Con Stephen Myler

8

7 - 0

 

 

11

7 – 0

Missed Pen Glyn Hughes

 

13

7 – 3

Pen Glyn Hughes

 

27

7 – 8

Try Anthony Carter

 

28

7 – 10

Con Glyn Hughes

Try Noah Cato

32

12 - 10

 

Con Stephen Myler

33

14 - 10

 

Try Martin Roberts

47

19 - 10

 

Con Stephen Myler

48

21 – 10

 

 

50

21 – 15

Try Ollie Thomas

Try Tom Collins

60

26 – 15

 

Con Will Hooley  

61

28 - 15

 

Try Luther Burrell

64

33 - 15

 

Con Will Hooley  

65

35 – 15

 

 

74

35 – 20

Try Ben Pienaar

 

75

35 – 22

Con Caolan Ryan