1st XV Match Report V Bristol (a) Fri 28/09/2012 

 

Match Details

 

Venue

The Memorial Stadium

Attendance

4,797

Referee

Ross Campbell

Kick Off

7.45pm

 

Teams

 

Bristol

21 – 22

Moseley

T

David McIlwaine

15

Oliver Thomas

C

 

Ryan Edwards

14

Simon Hunt

 

 

Luke Eves

13

Greg King

 

 

Benjamin Mosses

12

Charlie Hayter

Y T

 

Matthew Williams

11

Bradley Hunt

 

P P C P

Tristan Roberts

10

Glyn Hughes

T T C P

 

Te Ruki Tipuna

9

Samuel Brown

 

 

William Davis

1

Ethan Waller

 

 

Rhys Lawrence

2

Adam Caves

 

 

Bruce Douglas

3

Craig Voisey

 

Y

Mariano Sambucetti

4

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Glen Townson

5

Addison Lockley

 

 

Iain Grieve

6

Neil Mason

 

 

Redford Pennycook

7

Oliver Robinson

 

T

Mitchell Eadie

8

Ben Pienaar

Y

Replacements

 

Thomas Channon

16

Sam Wilkes

 

 

Mark Lilley

17

Charles Meddick

 

 

Wayne Thompson

18

Liam Mather

 

 

Benjamin Glynn

19

Nigel Burrows

Y

 

Stephen Uren

20

Alex Day

 

 

James Grindal

21

Anthony Carter

 

 

Matthew Jones

22

William Robinson

 

 

 

Match Report

by Brian Dick, Birmingham Post

 

In New Zealand, the country that has come closer to rugby fulfilment than any other, there is a phenomenon known as 'Paper Towns'.

 

The concept dates from the 19th Century and the years of settlement when pioneers journeyed from the Old World to the New in search of a healthier, wealthier life.

 

 To lure immigrants to undeveloped parts of the colony, towns were added to maps before they were actually constructed, indeed - a bit like Moseley's mythical 5,000-seater stand, they never got beyond the planning stage. They were towns on paper alone.

 

And so Kevin Maggs's eclectically-assembled back-line was beginning to look like a Paper Threequarter Cordon. Something we've heard a lot about without ever actually witnessing.

 

The multitudinous talents of will-o'-the-wisp fly half Glyn Hughes, cleaving midfielder Charlie Hayter, wrecking ball centre Greg King and silk-smooth wing Simon Hunt were brought together to form a mouth watering prospect. On paper, at least.

 

And so the first four games of the new RFU Championship season passed with those reputations fizzling rather than firing, the odd piece of individual brilliance papering over otherwise disappointing collective efforts.

 

But with ten minutes remaining in this incident-packed Friday knockabout all that changed as Moseley, 21-12 down and seemingly out, launched a devil-may-care attack from a scrum near their own line.

 

The ball was whizzed through their hands, each pass timed to perfection to create a gap and usher a rampaging team-mate through it that rendered Bristol's presence meaningless.

 

Hughes, to Hayter, to King, to Hunt. Hughes again on half way and back to Hayter at such a spiteful, merciless angle that no Blue and White striped shirt could get near him. "That was try of the season," purred the head coach as paper, turned to scissors turned to stone and Bristol were rocked on their heels.

 

Hughes, back to his impish best, converted and then added a last minute penalty after the glass-jawed home side went off their feet in front of their sticks. Mentally they were shot.

 

Moseley had their second win of the campaign, one of their most impressive for several seasons and the much-vaunted back-line was no longer dangerous on paper alone.

 

Hughes will rightfully take most of the plaudits, as well as making a couple of breaks for Hayter's score, he made two others that led to tries for himself.

 

He also overcame a couple of missed goals to finish with three from five attempts and a personal haul of 17 points and finally resembled the assured young man who came, dual-registered from Northampton Saints last term.

 

Moseley are 20 per cent better when the 20-year-old plays as he did here.

 

But even this morale-boosting performance would not have been possible without a quite breath-taking effort from the kiddies up front.

 

With Addison Lockley and Buster Lawrence leading the way to the sweetie-shop Moseley's energy levels were in stark contrast to the begrudging displays of a few weeks ago. The boys are growing into men.

 

And there is still much scope to improve. Maggs pointed out afterwards that Moseley's tries were still a bit smash and grab, not the product of calculated multi-phase play.

 

Even so, with its new-found solidity Mose's back-line showed that one-phase is enough.

 

 

The Game as it Happened

  

 

Min

Score

 

Pen Tristan Roberts

07

3 - 0

 

 

24

3 - 5

Try Glyn Hughes

 

24

3 - 5

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

 

28

3 - 5

Yellow Card Charlie Hayter

Miss Pen Tristan Roberts

29

3 - 5

 

Yellow Card Mariano Sambucetti

30

3 - 5

 

 

30

3 - 5

Yellow Card Ben Pienaar

Pen Tristan Roberts

34

6 - 5

 

 

36

6 - 5

Miss Pen Oliver Thomas

 

38

6 - 5

Miss Pen Oliver Thomas

 

40

6 - 5

Miss Pen Glyn Hughes

Try David McIlwaine

47

11 - 5

 

Miss Con Tristan Roberts

47

11 - 5

 

Rep Wayne Thompson For Bruce Douglas (Tactical)

52

11 - 5

 

Pen Tristan Roberts

54

14 - 5

 

 

56

14 - 5

Rep Alex Day For Samuel Brown (Tactical)

 

56

14 - 5

Rep Sam Wilkes For Adam Caves (Tactical)

Rep Benjamin Glynn For Mariano Sambucetti (Tactical)

58

14 - 5

 

Rep Mark Lilley For William Davis (Tactical)

58

14 - 5

 

Try Mitchell Eadie

60

19 - 5

 

Con Tristan Roberts

60

21 - 5

 

 

61

21 - 5

Rep Nigel Burrows For Ben Pienaar (Injury)

 

65

21 - 10

Try Glyn Hughes

 

65

21 - 12

Con Oliver Thomas

 

70

21 - 12

Rep Anthony Carter For Oliver Thomas (Tactical)

 

70

21 - 12

Rep William Robinson For Bradley Hunt (Tactical)

 

71

21 - 17

Try Charlie Hayter

 

71

21 - 19

Con Glyn Hughes

 

74

21 - 19

Yellow Card Nigel Burrows

 

74

21 - 19

Rep Charles Meddick For Ethan Waller (Tactical)

 

82

21 - 22

Pen Glyn Hughes