1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (h) Sat 22/09/2012 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley

Attendance

852

Referee

Ian Tempest

Kick Off

3.00pm

 

Teams

 

Moseley

22 – 24

Plymouth Albion

C P C

Oliver Thomas

15

Henry Slade

 

T

Simon Hunt

14

Paul Bailey

T

 

Greg King

13

Toby Howley-Berridge

Y

Y

Charlie Hayter

12

Bevon Armitage

 

 

William Robinson

11

Jack Arnott

 

 

Glyn Hughes

10

Paul Roberts

C P C C

 

Samuel Brown

9

Ruairi Cushion

 

 

Charles Meddick

1

Jack Andrew

 

 

Adam Caves

2

Jonathan Vickers

 

 

Craig Voisey

3

David Morton

 

 

Addison Lockley

4

Brett Beukeboom

Y

 

Buster Lawrence

5

Ien Ascroft-Leigh

 

 

Neil Mason

6

Rupeni Nasiga

 

 

Ben Pons

7

Sam Hocking

T T

 

Ben Pienaar

8

Sean-Michael Stephen

 

Replacements

T

Sam Wilkes

16

Paul Rowley

 

 

Nigel Burrows

17

Lewis Warner

 

 

David Hilton

18

Wayne Sprangle

 

 

Oliver Robinson

19

Ryan Hopkins

 

 

Alex Day

20

Tom Cowan-Dickie

 

 

Bradley Davies

21

Keni Fisilu

 

 

Bradley Hunt

22

Harrison Tovey

 

 

 

Match Report

by Brian Dick, Birmingham Post

 

Scotland coach Andy Robinson was an illustrious guest at Billesley Common on Saturday where he witnessed a Moseley speciality, a meritorious performance once again rewarded more by plaudits than points.

 

Robinson, who was there to witness his son Olly, like his old man a tearaway openside, turn in yet another energetic and hugely promising display from the Moseley bench.

 

And before he left he popped in to see his former Bath charges and current Moseley coaching staff, Kevin Maggs and David Hilton, who at the time could have done with the odd wise pearl.

Particularly given the fact that after three years of searching around Murrayfield Robinson appears to have found the answer to that most perplexing of rugby riddles - how to turn performances into results.

 

While the record books show that Robinson’s Scotland had a lamentable 2012 Six Nations, winning none of their five matches, what they don’t register is that England were a Ross Rennie pass from being beaten in the first game.

 

Wales were given serious headaches in the first half of the second and France were pushed all the way in the third as McRobbo’s side perfected profligacy.

 

And Moseley are in exactly the same position, finding every defensive mistake ruthlessly punished and each offensive error totally debilitating. With more composure and accuracy they could have had this one won by half-time.

 

And that’s where Robinson comes in. This summer the coach led Scotland on an unbeaten three match tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa, three wins by an aggregate margin of 16 points. The performances were far from sparkling but the results speak for themselves. What Moseley would do for a few weeks of that.

 

Especially after another exercise in unrewarded endeavour. Quite how Plymouth went in to half time leading 14-10 only Moseley will know as they squandered position and possession on an industrial scale.

 

An isolated runner and botched lineout here, dropped pass and penalty there and it soon gets away from you as it becomes impossible to apply and maintain pressure.

 

Simon Hunt’s second try in a Moseley shirt was intelligent but it was an off-the-cuff piece of inspiration that won’t give much succour to coaches looking for the right system or an adhered-to pattern.

 

The problem was everyone made at least one mistake, some like poor Ollie Thomas more than one, put them all together and all the effort and energy goes unrewarded.

 

Plymouth, who benefitted from two close range efforts from Sam Hocking, were hardly clinical - why they chose to tap so many advanced penalties was a mystery, but then they didn’t need to be.

 

With Hocking’s line-crossing and Paul Roberts’s post-splitting they were able to keep the scoreboard ticking which meant Moseley could never quite catch up.

 

Even when Sam Wilkes rode a maul to reduce the deficit to 17-15 just after the hour, there was still one more defensive howler to allow Paul Bailey to score from 30m.

 

It was a credit to Moseley that they dug deep and insisted on a loss bonus at the very least, a 78th minute penalty try scant dividends on their investment.

 

What they need most though, is to find out how Robinson has turned Scotland from narrow losers to narrow victors.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

Min

Score

 

Try Simon Hunt

09

5 - 0

 

Con Oliver Thomas

09

7 - 0

 

 

25

7 - 5

Try Sam Hocking

 

25

7 - 7

Con Paul Roberts

Pen Oliver Thomas

34

10 - 7

 

 

40

10 - 12

Try Sam Hocking

 

40

10 - 14

Con Paul Roberts

Yellow Card Charlie Hayter

44

10 - 14

 

 

45

10 - 17

Pen Paul Roberts

Rep Sam Wilkes For Adam Caves (Tactical)

54

10 - 17

 

 

56

10 - 17

Rep Wayne Sprangle For Brett Beukeboom (Tactical)

 

59

10 - 17

Yellow Card Brett Beukeboom

 

59

10 - 17

Rep Paul Rowley For Ruairi Cushion (Tactical)

 

59

10 - 17

Rep Tom Cowan-Dickie For Jonathan Vickers (Tactical)

 

60

10 - 17

Rep Harrison Tovey For Rupeni Nasiga (Tactical)

Try Sam Wilkes

62

15 - 17

 

Rep Alex Day For Samuel Brown (Tactical)

62

15 - 17

 

Rep Oliver Robinson For Neil Mason (Tactical)

65

15 - 17

 

Rep David Hilton For Charles Meddick (Tactical)

72

15 - 17

 

Rep Nigel Burrows For Ben Pons (Tactical)

72

15 - 17

 

 

73

15 - 22

Try Paul Bailey

 

73

15 - 24

Con Paul Roberts

 

76

15 - 24

Rep Ryan Hopkins For Jack Andrew (Tactical)

Rep Bradley Davies For Glyn Hughes (Tactical)

76

15 - 24

 

Rep Bradley Hunt For Greg King (Tactical)

76

15 - 24

 

 

77

15 - 24

Yellow Card Toby Howley-Berridge

Penalty Try

78

20 - 24

 

Con Oliver Thomas

78

22 - 24