1st XV Match Report V Jersey (h) Sat 05/01/2013 

 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley

Attendance

1,001

Referee

Luke Pearce

Kick Off

3.00

 

Teams

 

 

Moseley

23 - 19

Jersey

 

 

William Robinson

15

Glenn Bryce

 

 

Anders Mogenson

14

James Copsey

 

 

Greg King

13

Max Stelling

 

T

Charlie Hayter

12

David Bishop

 

 

Simon Hunt

11

Edward Dawson

 

P P C

Glyn Hughes

10

Michael Le Bourgeois

P P P

 

Samuel Brown

9

Nicholas Griffiths

T

T

Steffan Thorpe

1

Sean McCarthy

 

 

Sam Wilkes

2

David Felton

 

 

Benjamin Evans

3

Jon Brennan

 

 

Addison Lockley

4

Nathan Hannay

T

 

Buster Lawrence

5

David Markham

Y

 

Neil Mason

6

Graham Bell

 

 

Ben Pons

7

Kingsley Lang

 

T

Ben Pienaar

8

Guy Thompson

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Daniel Herriott

16

Charlie Clare

 

 

Tom Hicks

17

James Gethings

 

 

Adam Caves

18

Richard Barrington

 

 

Nigel Burrows

19

Robert Anderson

 

 

Oliver Robinson

20

Brendan O'Brien

 

 

Oliver Thomas

21

Ross Broadfoot

 

 

Anthony Carter

22

Thomas Cooper

 

 

Match Report

Birmingham Post – Brian Dick

 

In the build up to this match players and coaches on both sides were at pains to maintain there was nothing more at stake at Billesley Common than four, or possibly five points.

 

With 45 more still to play for over the next four months, victory brought no guarantees other than momentary relief from the stresses of life on the brink of rugby's most vertiginous precipice.

 

What no-one dared talk about, though, was the significance of defeat, nor the obvious fact that the loser would suffer a serious blow to their self-esteem.

 

Had Moseley come out second best they could have been five points behind Jersey and well down on the wins tie-breaker. It would have been difficult to have envisaged them recovering from such a body-blow.

 

Thankfully for Kevin Maggs they don't have to and instead it is Ben Harvey's men who return to the Channel Islands wondering where they are likely to pick up points away from their St Peter's Port stronghold.

 

In short this was a good match to win and a vital one not to lose. Moseley aren't safe, Jersey aren't relegated but occasions such as these tend to be significant at the end of the season.

 

That should be a source of considerable comfort for Maggs who has finally, at the sixth time of asking, engineered a home win in the Championship, one so thoroughly merited that it should have been by a much wider margin.

 

For the first hour Jersey barely threatened Moseley's line and though they dominated the scrums and their kicker Michael Le Bourgeois demonstrated an outstanding range, it was not complemented by his dodgy radar.

 

They were a much better side when they started to chase the game and kept the ball in hand but former Moseley coach Ian Smith always used to consider the ability to play when the pressure is at its lowest to be a failing.

 

Indeed Jersey were rather like Moseley of three or four years ago, frightened to take the initiative or impose themselves and built around an excellent front row and above average goal-kicker.

 

By contrast the current Moseley had the upper hand in the lineout, were more solid and organised in defence and produced more line-breaks and catch and drive opportunities. For 60 minutes they played by far the better rugby.

 

 

Charlie Hayter's first league try since September 28 was a classic case in point. Swift ball off the top was swung into midfield where Glyn Hughes glided past his man and fed his centre from 40m out. Few things indicate supremacy like scores from first phase.

 

The driven mauls that smuggled Stefan Thorp and Ben Pienaar over the line only added to that superiority complex and with little more than ten minutes left one couldn't help but wonder how Jersey had beaten London Scottish, Plymouth Albion and Leeds Carnegie.

 

Moseley led 23-9 and were hunting the try bonus that would have underlined the difference in quality in performance. Then Jersey showed how they have become such redoubtable opponents. Or they were allowed to.

 

While Maggs felt his side's loss of defensive intensity allowed the visitors come back into things, Harvey claimed his side showed its true potential in creating two tries in three minutes.

 

Both were right. Moseley's half-soaked kick chase following Hughes's extremely ordinary long kick allowed James Copsey and Tom Cooper to romp through a non-existent defence and give Nicky Griffiths a simple run in.

 

Then Griffiths's opposite number Sam Brown was charged down near his own line and Jersey lock Nathan Hannay made it 23-19 and set up a nervy last ten minutes.

 

Somehow the bonus belonged to the visitors and not the hosts and the points swing was two.

 

Instead of taking all five Mose had to settle for a net three which put them just two clear of Jersey and four ahead of Doncaster. Looks like the respective players and coaches were right to focus on the long game.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Gala

 

03

0 - 3

Pen Michael Le Bourgeois

Pen Glyn Hughes

07

3 - 3

 

 

25

3 - 6

Pen Michael Le Bourgeois

Try Charlie Hayter

28

8 - 6

 

 

34

8 - 6

Yellow Card David Markham

Try Steffan Thorpe

35

13 - 6

 

Rep Anthony Carter For Anders Mogenson (Tactical)

43

13 - 6

 

 

50

13 - 9

Pen Michael Le Bourgeois

Rep Adam Caves For Sam Wilkes (Tactical)

50

13 - 9

 

Pen Glyn Hughes

58

16 - 9

 

 

58

16 - 9

Rep Thomas Cooper For Max Stelling (Tactical)

Try Ben Pienaar

62

21 - 9

 

Con Glyn Hughes

62

23 - 9

 

 

62

23 - 9

Rep Richard Barrington For Sean McCarthy (Tactical)

Rep Oliver Robinson For Ben Pons (Tactical)

62

23 - 9

 

 

67

23 - 14

Try Nathan Hannay

 

68

23 - 14

Rep Ross Broadfoot For Glenn Bryce (Tactical)

Rep Daniel Herriott For Steffan Thorpe (Tactical)

68

23 - 14

 

Rep Tom Hicks For Buster Lawrence (Tactical)

68

23 - 14

 

 

70

23 - 19

Try Nicholas Griffiths

 

70

23 - 19

Rep Charlie Clare For David Felton (Tactical)