1st XV Match Report V London Scottish (h) Fri 11/01/2013 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley

Attendance

 

Referee

Simon Rees

Kick Off

7.30

 

Teams

 

 

Moseley

13 - 12

London Scottish

 

 

Billy Robinson

15

Jim Thompson

 

 

Brad Hunt

14

James Love

P P P P

 

Greg King

13

Andy Reay

 

T

Charlie Hayter

12

PJ Gidlow

 

 

Simon Hunt

11

Ollie Grove

 

P P C

Glyn Hughes

10

Phil Godman

 

 

Sam Brown

9

Jamie Stevenson

 

 

Ethan Waller

1

Nic Mayhew

 

 

Adam Caves

2

Adam Kwasnicki

 

 

Ben Evans

3

Colin Quigley

 

 

Addison Lockley

4

Tyler Hotson

 

 

Tom Hicks

5

Josh Thomas-Brown

 

 

Neil Mason

6

Joe Trayfoot

 

 

Oliver Robinson

7

Chevvy Pennycook

 

 

Ben Pienaar

8

Mark Bright

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Sam Wilkes

16

Mark Irish

 

 

Steffan Thorpe

17

Harry Allen

 

 

Danny Herriott

18

Alex Mackenzie

 

 

Buster Lawrence

19

Sam Twomey

 

 

Mike Powell

20

Lewis Calder

 

 

Anthony Carter

21

Richard Bolt

 

 

Oliver Thomas

22

Dan Mugford

 

 

Match Report

Birmingham Post – Brian Dick

 

A major tenet of Moseley's pre-season bluster was their oft-stated desire to turn Billesley Common into a place none of their Championship rivals wanted to come.

 

With their sloping pitch, basic changing rooms, sporadic hot water and partisan supporters they had most of the components needed to achieve that aim without even setting foot on the pitch.

 

Unfortunately for the last few months that's been when the problems have started. Between the white lines Chillesley has been as accommodating a venue as there is in the second tier.

 

As there is in Birmingham in fact, as welcoming and obliging as Hotel du Vin.

 

Inexperienced players, tactical errors, individual mistakes and a thin squad further weakened by injuries to key performers, meant home victories came along as often as blue moons and that guests found their appointments to be pretty profitable occasions.

 

Until now.

 

Friday evening Billesley was about the last place you'd want to be a visiting team, even if several of your number had been anesthetised to the elements at various stages during their careers.

 

Yet even former captain and ex-player of the year Andy Reay and Chevvy Pennycook found their old stomping ground to be the definition of inhospitable as Moseley tore into Scottish with a vigour that suggested their self-belief is back.

 

In the first half they played up the hill yet rocked Scottish back on their heels and seized an initiative they were never to lose once Charlie Hayter scored the only try of the game.

 

Even at 9-6 down, after three penalties from the Exiles' James Love cancelled out two from Glyn Hughes, it looked as this match meant more to Moseley than it did the visitors.

 

Their line speed was far more enthusiastic in defence and in attack their work around the corner was much more aggressive and it was thoroughly deserved when at 9-6 down just before half-time, Hayter worked his magic.

 

In fact the magic really belonged to Sam Brown and Billy Robinson, the scrum half who opted to explore the short side and the full back who sped into the line and produced arguably the most adroit off-load of the season.

 

Hayter took it in full stride and curved his way 40m to the Scottish line for his second try in as many games. Hughes's conversion made it 13-9 at the interval.

 

After which the game descended into an arm wrestle. For 20 minutes after the restart Moseley dominated the possession and territory yet they were unable to bash their way over.

 

On four occasions they had outstanding positions within the Scottish 22 but to their credit the Londoners' line held firm.

 

They were both organised and committed as they waited for Moseley to break down.

 

By contrast Scottish's only visit to the home 22 in the second period, inspired by a break from Pennycook, came 14 minutes from time and produced Love's fourth penalty which cut the arrears to a single point.

 

But Moseley resumed their stranglehold and spent the final ten minutes refusing to let Scottish off their leash by pinning them back at the bottom of the hill and that meant they secured a result that puts them nine points clear at the top of Pool Six with only two rounds to complete.

 

They are almost certain to go through to the quarter finals and after three successive successes at home, none of their rivals for the British and Irish Cup will fancy coming to Billesley Common in the last eight.

 

Moseley's home ground is at last a place none of their rivals will want to visit.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Moseley

Min

Score

London Scottish

Pen Glyn Hughes

08

3 - 0

 

 

10

3 - 3

Pen James Love

Pen Glyn Hughes

13

6 - 3

 

 

18

6 - 6

Pen James Love

 

24

6 - 9

Pen James Love

Try Charlie Hayter

36

11 - 9

 

Con Glyn Hughes

36

13 - 9

 

Rep Anthony Carter For Brad Hunt (Tactical)

42

13 - 9

 

 

46

13 - 9

Rep Alex Mackenzie For Colin Quigley (Tactical)

 

46

13 - 9

Rep Mark Irish For Nic Mayhew (Tactical)

Rep Mike Powell For Addison Lockley (Tactical)

51

13 - 9

 

 

52

13 - 9

Rep Sam Twomey For Paul Spivey (Tactical)

Rep Sam Wilkes For Adam Caves (Tactical)

57

13 - 9

 

Rep Buster Lawrence For Ben Pienaar (Tactical)

59

13 - 9

 

 

59

13 - 9

Rep Richard Bolt For Andy Reay (Tactical)

 

70

13 - 12

Pen James Love

Rep Danny Herriott For Ben Evans (Tactical)

70

13 - 12

 

Rep Oliver Thomas For Glyn Hughes (Tactical)

70

13 - 12