1st XV Match Report V Rotherham Titans (h) Sat 01/12/2012 

 

Moseley v Rotherham

 

 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley

Attendance

722

Referee

Steve Lee

Kick Off

12:45

 

Teams

 

 

Moseley

16 – 20

Rotherham

 

 

Anthony Carter

15

Fergus Mulchrone

T

 

Simon Hunt

14

Peter Homan

T T

 

Greg King

13

Garry Law

C P

 

Charlie Hayter

12

Palepoi Nonu

 

C P P P

Oliver Thomas

11

Eamonn Sheridan

 

 

Glyn Hughes

10

James McKinney

 

 

Samuel Brown

9

Charlie Mulchrone

 

 

Ethan Waller

1

Marshall Gadd

 

 

Adam Caves

2

Edward Stagg

 

T

Daniel Herriott

3

Ross Davies

 

 

Addison Lockley

4

Toby Freeman

 

 

Tom Hicks

5

Dan Sanderson

 

Y

Neil Mason

6

Latu Makaafi

Y

 

Ben Pons

7

Carl Kirwan

 

 

Ben Pienaar

8

Rory Pitman

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Sam Wilkes

16

Harry Hannan

 

 

Stefan Thorpe

17

James Kilbane

 

 

Charles Meddick

18

Gareth Denman

Y

 

Nigel Burrows

19

Nile Dacres

 

 

Buster Lawrence

20

Alex Rieder

 

 

Bradley Hunt

21

Joel Gill

 

 

Bradley Davies

22

Ed Styles

 

 

Match Report

Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

Somehow, for the second week running, Moseley were within a score of recording a precious Championship victory.

 

For the second week running they did not manage to convert late pressure and for the second week running they got what, arguably more than, they deserved. One point.

 

If there's one of modern sport's fine margins on which to be the wrong side, the current vintage always but always finds its way across. Kevin Maggs's players have become the Nearly Men.

 

They nearly win games with a pack that is nearly competitive, a scrum that is nearly stable and a back-line that is nearly threatening. On a good day their lineout is nearly woeful.

 

So what's your glass? Half full or half empty? Three of the last four games have brought a draw with Cornish Pirates, a five point defeat at London Scottish and a four point defeat here. They are nearly there.

 

Kevin Maggs could be forgiven for thinking that the law of averages will soon turn in his team's favour and that the near misses will metamorphose into overdue wins. Unfortunately there are no guarantees.

 

Especially not since somebody in the Red and Black hierarchy has clearly incurred the wrath of the sporting gods, broken one of Twickenham's mirrors, run over the RFU's black cat or dropped a horseshoe on Ian Ritchie's toe. What other reason can there be for the vindictive injury situation which seems to cherry-pick their key performers.

 

 

With Mike Powell and Craig Voisey out long term Mose are currently without their captain and tighthead. Arguably their two most important players.

 

And things reached crisis point on Saturday as five more vital cogs ended the day in the sick-bay. Ben Pienaar and Buster Lawrence with suspected broken thumbs.

 

Centres Charlie Hayter and Greg King with respective leg and shoulder injuries and Addison Lockley with a bad neck. Think too long about that situation and the glass probably isn't even a quarter full.

 

Yet through sheer cussed determination they negate the fact they are being out-played for large parts of matches and haul themselves back into games. Perhaps the draws and loss bonuses will count for something next April.

 

But that fact remains. Last week Scottish's game management let Moseley back into the game and today it was Rotherham's appalling discipline.

 

The Titans coughed 16 penalties, around half of which were in or near their 22 yet saw just two yellow cards - both for foul play. They committed so many technical offences in key areas that total could easily have doubled.

 

It will soon dawn on Moseley's opponents that they don't have to cheat or panic to keep Maggs's team at arm's length and when they do the difficult weeks could extend into difficult months.

 

Make no bones about it this is a relegation scrap and with a wobbly set-piece, underpowered pack and diffident backs there are reasons to believe Moseley won't pull through it.

 

With Jersey looking a handful, at home at least and Doncaster starting to pick up wins, it is a bad time to be a banged up, young team with questionable confidence.

 

 

This side needs help, an experienced tighthead to steady the ship and make sure the set-piece is functioning and the pack are not taking unnecessary off-load gambles. It also needs a midfielder to make the right decisions and talk the defence through edgy situations.

 

 

Oh that Kevin Maggs and Dave Hilton were five years younger.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

London Scottish

Min

Score

Moseley

 

03

0 - 3

Pen Garry Law

Pen Oliver Thomas

15

3 - 3

 
 

26

3 - 8

Try Peter Homan

Pen Oliver Thomas

33

6 - 8

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

40

9 - 8

 
 

41

9 - 13

Try Fergus Mulchrone

Rep Bradley Hunt For Greg King (Injury)

45

9 - 13

 

Rep Buster Lawrence For Ben Pienaar (Injury)

50

9 - 13

 
 

50

9 - 13

Rep Joel Gill For Palepoi Nonu (Tactical)

Rep Bradley Davies For Charlie Hayter (Injury)

50

9 - 13

 
 

52

9 - 18

Try Peter Homan

 

52

9 - 20

Con Garry Law

Rep Nigel Burrows For Tom Hicks (Tactical)

54

9 - 20

 

Yellow Card Neil Mason

55

9 - 20

 
 

55

9 - 20

Yellow Card Latu Makaafi

 

60

9 - 20

Rep Gareth Denman For Ross Davies (Tactical)

Rep Sam Wilkes For Addison Lockley (Injury)

61

9 - 20

 
 

65

9 - 20

Yellow Card Gareth Denman

 

68

9 - 20

Rep James Kilbane For Marshall Gadd (Tactical)

 

68

9 - 20

Rep Alex Rieder For Latu Makaafi (Tactical)

Try Daniel Herriott

69

14 - 20

 

Con Oliver Thomas

69

16 - 20

 

Rep Stefan Thorpe For Ethan Waller (Tactical)

70

16 - 20

 

 

74

16 - 20

Rep Ross Davies For Rory Pitman (Injury)