1st XV Match Report V London Scottish (Richmond) Sat 24/11/2012 

Match Details

 

Venue

Richmond Athletic Ground

Attendance

653

Referee

David Rose

Kick Off

12.15

 

Teams

 

 

London Scottish

23 – 18

Moseley

 

 

James Thompson

15

Anthony Carter

T

P C P P C

James Love

14

Simon Hunt

 

 

Oliver Grove

13

Greg King

 

 

Andy Reay

12

Charlie Hayter

 

T

Gerard Mullen

11

Oliver Thomas

P P C

 

Phil Godman

10

Glyn Hughes

 

 

Ross Samson

9

Samuel Brown

 

T

Mark Irish

1

Ethan Waller

 

 

Adam Kwasnicki

2

Adam Caves

 

 

Colin Quigley

3

Craig Voisey

 

 

Paul Spivey

4

Addison Lockley

 

 

Alex Karonias

5

Tom Hicks

 

 

Ben Russell

6

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Chevvy Pennycook

7

Oliver Robinson

 

 

Mark Bright

8

Ben Pienaar

T

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Harry Allen

16

Sam Wilkes

 

 

Alexander Mackenzie

17

Daniel Herriott

 

 

Sam Twomey

18

Stefan Thorpe

 

 

Lewis Calder

19

Nigel Burrows

 

 

Richard Bolt

20

Ben Pons

 

 

Dave McCall

21

Bradley Hunt

 

 

Petaia Gidlow

22

William Robinson

 

 

Match Report

Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

There comes a time in every season when league points are the only positive that matters and though we're not quite at the win-at-all-costs stage yet, even those responsible for Moseley's performance levels would love a couple of ugly wins to add grist their mill.

 

They nearly got one here too and had they added just a couple more pick and drives to the last play assault that took them to within 2m of the home line, they would have achieved it. Instead they ran out of ruck-clearers and Buster Lawrence was penalised for holding on.

 

But in truth it was Scottish who deserved the victory, largely given their first half supremacy which allowed them to build a 13-0 lead.

 

With the Exiles' former Moseley players Chevvy Pennycook and Andy Reay creating a try for Gerard Mullen and Colin Quigley winning a couple of penalties for James Love to hoof over, there was a distinct thumbing of the nose in the visitors' direction.

 

But as they do Moseley kept plugging away and once they'd sucked Scottish into an exchange of mediocre kicks during the second period the game started to turn.

 

Moseley's forwards smuggled Ben Pienaar over the line for 13-7 just before half time and some direct fringe charges sucked in defenders for Anthony Carter to nip in at the corner, a try that was followed by an unedifying spat between Adam Caves and Love.

 

And Ollie Thomas kept dragging Moseley closer in increments of three but once more the damage had been done in the opening 40 and the winger and his team-mates had to settle for a loss bonus.

 

As a result Maggs was left to focus on yet another missed opportunity and to pose questions of what might have been. "I think our ball retention was better [than at Leeds], when we kept the ball in the second half we scored," the head coach said.

 

"It's frustrating because we are almost there but we are not quite getting across the line. You can't fault the lads' effort but we have just got to keep going.

 

"We have had a tough run with away games, we have got concentrate on our home games now and we have got Rotherham next week.

 

"There are lots of positives to take from that considering the conditions. That's our next challenge now and we are looking forward to that."

 

One huge negative is the loss of Craig Voisey, for months rather than weeks. The tighthead, in fact their only proven tighthead, has broken the same arm that ended last season. Asking him to play with a bust arm as well as the broken thumb he has carried in the last few weeks might be too much even for wafer-thin Moseley.

 

In that respect the first ten Championship games have not been kind to Maggs. If there were three players his inexperienced pack could ill-afford to do without they are Voisey, Mike Powell and Neil Mason. Guess who's injured.

 

"Neil Mason and Mike Powell are big influential players, Mike has been a big loss to us," Maggs admitted. "We have got to make do with what we have got, we have not got the luxury of going out and signing five or six players.

 

"These boys need to find a way of imposing themselves physically and they can do it. That's the frustrating thing for me, we are a very good, capable side when we want to be. But we just can't do it for 80 minutes."

 

If that trait continues by the time the conditions turn back again Moseley might need more than a few positives from every game.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

London Scottish

Min

Score

Moseley

Pen James Love

05

3 - 0

 

Try Gerard Mullen

20

8 - 0

 

Con James Love

20

10 - 0

 
 

28

10 - 0

Rep Stefan Thorpe For Craig Voisey (Injury)

Pen James Love

37

13 - 0

 
 

39

13 - 5

Try Ben Pienaar

 

39

13 - 7

Con Oliver Thomas

Try Mark Irish

46

18 - 7

 

Con James Love

46

20 - 7

 
 

51

20 - 7

Rep Daniel Herriott For Ethan Waller (Tactical)

 

51

20 - 7

Rep Ben Pons For Oliver Robinson (Tactical)

Rep Richard Bolt For Ross Samson (Tactical)

55

20 - 7

 
 

58

20 - 12

Try Anthony Carter

Rep Sam Twomey For Paul Spivey (Tactical)

60

20 - 12

 

Rep Petaia Gidlow For Andy Reay (Tactical)

60

20 - 12

 

Rep Alexander Mackenzie For Colin Quigley (Tactical)

60

20 - 12

 

Rep Harry Allen For Adam Kwasnicki (Tactical)

60

20 - 12

 

Rep Colin Quigley For Mark Irish (Injury)

64

20 - 12

 
 

70

20 - 15

Pen Oliver Thomas

Pen James Love

74

23 - 15

 
 

74

23 - 15

Rep Sam Wilkes For Adam Caves (Tactical)

 

79

23 - 18

Pen Oliver Thomas

Rep Lewis Calder For Ben Russell (Tactical)

81

23 - 18