1st XV Match Report V Newcastle Falcons (h) Sat 06/10/2012 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley Common

Attendance

1,091

Referee

Steve Lee

Kick Off

3.00pm

 

Teams

 

Bristol

13 - 53

Moseley

 

Anthony Carter

15

Jimmy Gopperth

C C C C C C P P

 

Simon Hunt

14

Alex Tait

 

 

Greg King

13

Tane Tui'ipulotu

 

 

Charlie Hayter

12

Jamie Helleur

 

C P P

Oliver Thomas

11

Tom Catterick

 

 

Bradley Davies

10

Joel Hodgson

 

 

Samuel Brown

9

Rory Lawson

 

 

Charles Meddick

1

Grant Shiells

 

 

Sam Wilkes

2

Matt Thompson

 

 

Craig Voisey

3

Oliver Tomaszczyk

 

 

Addison Lockley

4

Carlo Del Fava

 

 

Buster Lawrence

5

Scott Macleod

T

 

Nigel Burrows

6

Richard Mayhew

T T

T

Oliver Robinson

7

Will Welch

T

 

Neil Mason

8

Ally Hogg

T

Replacements

 

David Hilton

16

Rob Vickers

 

 

Adam Caves

17

James Hall

 

 

Ben Pienaar

18

James Hudson

 

 

Liam Mather

19

Mark Wilson

T T

 

Alex Day

20

Jordi Pasqualin

 

 

Anders Mogenson

21

M Tait

 

 

Bradley Hunt

22

Waisea Luveniyall

 

 

 

Match Report

by Brian Dick, Birmingham Post

 

When a set of forwards containing three Test players and one A international meets another made up of the proverbial butcher, baker and chandler, it does not take a Modern Language graduate of Brasenose College, Oxford to figure the outcome.

 

Newcastle had one of those too, tight head Oliver Tomaszczyk brought his considerable bulk and intellect to bear on Moseley, in a visiting pack that contained the large frames of Carlo Del Fava, Scott MacLeod and Allister Hogg.

 

The trio, who boasted 125 caps in the various shades of Italian and Scottish blue between them, were ably supported by England Saxon Rob Vickers with the effect that Moseley were eventually overwhelmed.

 

In total the Falcons scored seven tries, all through the forwards, and three in the last ten minutes as the home eight ran out of steam.

 

 Moseley's spirit was never less than willing but by the end their flesh had become weak and a hitherto interesting match became all too one-sided. In truth it became a little bit indecent,

 

With all that fire-power up front and such resolute determination to use it, Newcastle looked the best-drilled side to come into the second tier since Northampton in 2007.

 

Certainly Bristol and Leeds have never looked anything like as stone-hearted and capable after their relegations from the Premiership and Worcester didn't ever really impose themselves quite so completely.

 

Indeed when the Warriors were at Billesley Common a couple of years ago there was barely anything between them and their comparatively rag-tag hosts until they invited their 'Sixways Superstars' from the bench to settle the issue.

 

With Dean Richards in charge Newcastle are never likely to be similarly seduced by the cult of celebrity and instead they treated Moseley with all the affection a pelt hunter reserves for a baby seal. By clubbing them over the head, again and again and again.

 

Seemingly never tiring of their lineout drive and scrum power the Falcons shunted and shifted the lighter, younger Moseley eight around the park to and - from the 70th minute onwards, beyond breaking point.

 

Which suggests two things. Firstly that Moseley must take credit for frustrating a Falcons backline that contained Jimmy Gopperth, Tane Tu'ipulotu and Rory Lawson with a display of commendable defensive shape.

 

And secondly that it took Newcastle more than an hour to subvert the home team, indeed for the first 40 minutes the Red and Blacks waged a pretty successful guerilla war on their illustrious guests.

 

By turning the breakdown into an arm wrestle and showing near-reckless line-speed they hurled themselves at the league leaders and at times knocked them out of their stride.

 

Led by breakaway Olly Robinson Moseley harried and hassled a foothold in the match. That is until they stumbled in the way of a haymaker, as they did when MacLeod and Richard Mayhew scored in the 19th and 37th minutes, respectively.

 

No matter. Playing down the slope and with the sun in opponents' eyes, interval deficits bigger than 20-6 have been wiped out at this venue before.

 

Not this time though. This time Moseley couldn't get the ball and rarely had it in attacking positions. Only once in the second period did they enjoy an elevated platform and Robinson used that to smash his way through from close range.

 

That was as good as it got for Kevin Maggs's men. Will Welch and Mayhew had already effectively ended the uncertainty so all that remained was for the rest of the Falcons forwards to hammer home their advantage. Ruthlessly.

 

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

Min

Score

 

 

04

0 - 3

Pen Jimmy Gopperth

Pen Oliver Thomas

16

3 - 3

 

 

18

3 - 8

Try Scott Macleod

 

18

3 - 10

Con Jimmy Gopperth

Pen Oliver Thomas

30

6 - 10

 

 

34

6 - 13

Pen Jimmy Gopperth

 

39

6 - 18

Try Richard Mayhew

 

39

6 - 20

Con Jimmy Gopperth

 

44

6 - 25

Try Will Welch

Rep Adam Caves For Sam Wilkes

47

6 - 25

 

 

48

6 - 30

Try Richard Mayhew

 

48

6 - 32

Con Jimmy Gopperth

Rep Liam Mather For Addison Lockley

50

6 - 32

 

Rep Ben Pienaar For Nigel Burrows

50

6 - 32

 

Try Oliver Robinson

59

11 - 32

 

Con Oliver Thomas

59

13 - 32

 

Rep Alex Day For Samuel Brown

60

13 - 32

 

 

63

13 - 32

Rep James Hall For Grant Shiells

 

69

13 - 32

Rep Mark Wilson For Richard Mayhew

 

69

13 - 32

Rep Rob Vickers For Oliver Tomaszczyk

 

72

13 - 37

Try Ally Hogg

 

72

13 - 39

Con Jimmy Gopperth

 

72

13 - 39

Rep Waisea Luveniyall For Joel Hodgson

 

72

13 - 39

Rep M Tait For Jamie Helleur

 

75

13 - 44

Try Mark Wilson

 

75

13 - 46

Con Jimmy Gopperth

Rep Anders Mogenson For Bradley Davies

79

13 - 46

 

Rep Bradley Hunt For Anthony Carter

79

13 - 46

 

 

80

13 - 51

Try Mark Wilson

 

80

13 - 53

Con Jimmy Gopperth