1st XV Match Report V Gala (a) Sat 08/12/2012 

Match Details

 

Venue

 

Attendance

 

Referee

M Patton (IRFU)

Kick Off

3.00

 

Teams

 

 

Gala

18 – 11

Moseley

 

 

Bryce Turner

15

Anthony Carter

 

 

Grant Somerville

14

Simon Hunt

 

 

Chris Auld

13

Caolan Ryan

 

 

Alan Emond

12

Charlie Hayter

 

 

Gavin Young

11

Billy Robinson

 

P P C

Lee Millar

10

Brad Davies

 

 

George Graham

9

Oliver Thomas

P P

 

Luke Pettie

1

Lewis Woodfield

 

 

Callum Mackintosh

2

Adam Caves

 

 

Ewan McQuillin

3

Steffan Thorpe

 

 

Chris Weir

4

Addison Lockley

 

 

Opeta Palepoi

5

Liam Mather

 

 

Craig Keddie

6

Nigel Burrows

 

T T

Gary Graham

7

Ben Pons

T

 

Euan Dods

8

Neil Mason

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Russell Anderson

16

Sam Wilkes

 

 

Martin Christie

17

David Hilton

 

 

Stephen Cairns

18

Ben Pienaar

 

 

Craig Borthwick

19

Oliver Robinson

 

 

Daniel Owenson

20

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Andy McLean

21

Kevin Maggs

 

 

Craig Robertson

22

Glyn Hughes

 

 

Match Report

Birmingham Post

 

It’s been a torrid time for Moseley in recent weeks but any hope the Birmingham outfit had of lifting their confidence with a third win in the British and Irish Cup were well shattered at Netherdale yesterday as Kevin Maggs side suffered defeat at the hands of Scottish amateur club, Gala.

 

The game went ahead courtesy of Gala’s undersoil heating system which had been gently cooking on gas mark three since Tuesday to overcome the severe frost that had crippled outdoor sport elsewhere in the Scottish Borders.

 

But it did not result in a warm welcome from Gala, who tore into their English opponents with a ferocity that used to be the hall mark of Scotland international sides.

 

In the event Moseley were harried into mistakes and even in the last quarter when they game swung their way the visitors were unable to capitalise on their huge supply of possession.

 

“We knew it would be hard coming to Gala. They’re a good side and they’ve been going well in the Scottish league. We’ve suffered a whole lot of injuries which explains why Dave Hilton and myself were on the bench today” admitted Maggs.

 

He added : “We should have won today but we made mistakes and a sin-binning in the first half didn’t help”.

 

But hang on a minute. Was that an unrealistic claim? Well yes in the sense that a professional side, albeit with some fringe players on duty, should not be beaten by an amateur team.

 

But they were and Moseley will have to ask themselves some honest questions and provide honest answers. They will have to ask why with som much second half possession, when Gala struggled to win ball at the line-out, did they not do more.

 

The answer is that the Moseley back line all too frequently crabbed across the field and made it easy for an efficient Gala defence to push their opponents into touch. But credit too for Gala’s tackling. The Scots went low all the time and downed their opponents with accuracy.

 

Moreover Gala looked much the better in open space, their half backs, George Graham and Lee Millar catching the eye with impressive attacking displays.

 

It was Moseley who had the first chance of points only for scrum half Olly Thomas to see his 40 metre penalty kick rebound off the upright. The Midlands men then tried to impose territorial dominance on the Maroon but a slicing break by full back Bryce Turner gave Gala attacking opportunities in the red zone.

 

Gala’s chances were then improved after Moseley were reduced to fourteen men after hooker Adam Caves was shown the yellow card for a late challenge on winger Grant Somerville, the offence doubly punished by Lee Millar’s successful penalty kick.

 

A second shot at goal by Thomas went wide of the posts that suggested the game was not going the way of Moseley. It proved to be, when from a scrum, Steve Cairns broke blind before flicking the ball to George Graham for the scrum half to skip over for an unconverted try.

 

A second penalty goal by Millar increased Gala’s lead before Moseley, now restored to full complement, claimed first points with a penalty kick from Thomas. Then when Gala’s Chris Weir was sent to the sin-bin Thomas added a second goal to leave Moseley adrift by five points at the interval.

 

The gap widened after a thrilling break from Millar good support by back row Craig Keddie and clinical finishing from George Graham for the scrum half to claim his second try, Millar adding the simple conversion.

 

Moseley put themselves in position to reply but shot themselves in the foot by earning a second yellow card as skipper Neil Mason was sent to the sin-bin. But minutes later after Gala’s replacement wing Craig Robertson had joined mason on the touchline, Moseley mounted a serried of close range attacks that ended with flanker Ben Pons crossing for an unconverted try.

 

The Championship side were coming into the game much more and testing Gala’s defensive fibre but the Maroons refused to buckle and with full time approaching Gala wound down the clock to claim a deserved win.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Gala

Min

Score

Moseley

Pen Lee Millar

12

3 - 0

 

Try Gary Graham

20

8 - 0

 

Pen Lee Millar

24

11 - 0

 
 

28

11 - 3

Pen Oliver Thomas

 

34

11 - 6

Pen Oliver Thomas

Rep Russell Anderson For Callum Mackintosh (Tactical)

40

11 - 6

 

Try Gary Graham

48

16 - 6

 

Con Lee Millar

48

18 - 6

 

Rep Martin Christie For Luke Pettie (Tactical)

50

18 - 6

 

Rep Craig Robertson For Grant Somerville (Tactical)

50

18 - 6

 
 

58

18 - 11

Try Ben Pons

Rep Andy McLean For Bryce Turner (Tactical)

70

18 - 11

 

Rep Craig Borthwick For Alan Emond (Tactical)

70

18 - 11

 

Rep Daniel Owenson For George Graham (Tactical)

70

18 - 11