1st XV Match Report V Llanelli (a) Sun 20/01/2013 

 

Match Details

 

Venue

Parc y Scarlets

Attendance

Not many

Referee

Lloyd Linton

Kick Off

14:30

 

Teams

 

 

Llanelli

40 – 17

Moseley

 

 

Dion Jones

15

Billy Robinson

 

 

Dale Ford

14

Brad Hunt

T

 

Steffan Hughes

13

Greg King

 

 

Chris Keenan

12

Anthony Carter

 

T T

Kyle Evans

11

Simon Hunt

P C T

C C C C C

Owen Williams

10

Brad Davies

 

T

Aled Davies

9

Alex Day

 

T

Shaun Hopkins

1

Steffan Thorpe

 

 

Craig Hawkins

2

Sam Wilkes

 

 

Aled Hopkins

3

Danny Herriott

 

Y

Adam Powell

4

Tom Hicks

 

 

Joel Galley

5

Mike Powell

 

T

Duane Eager

6

Nigel Burrows

 

T Y

Daniel Thomas

7

Oliver Robinson

 

 

Craig Price

8

Ben Pienaar

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Jamie Kaijaks

16

Tom Warren

 

 

Greg George

17

Chaz Meddick

 

 

Craig Cross

18

Adam Caves

 

 

Nathan White

19

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Stuart Leach

20

Sam Dickinson

 

 

Justin James

21

Sam Brown

 

 

Jonny Lewis

22

Glyn Hughes

C

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

If Moseley bounce back from this most deflating of defeats by winning their crucial Championship fixture at Plymouth Albion on Saturday then the £10,000 gamble might just have paid off.

 

But for now Kevin Maggs's decision to field a weakened side against spirited Llanelli on a bitterly cold Parc y Scarlets afternoon smarts an awful lot.

 

Particularly for the loyal band of supporters who followed them to west Wales and watched with incredulity as the wheels fell of the British & Irish Cup bandwagon and Maggs's makeshift line-up never came close to meriting the description of 'team'.

 

While few could quibble with the head coach's decision to give Sam Brown and Addison Lockley a week off before the trip to Brickfields, the pair have been two of Moseley's best and most active players this season, it is difficult not to question others.

 

Assuming they were fit, Ben Evans, Neil Mason, Buster Lawrence and Glyn Hughes - the latter two came off the bench, would surely have given Moseley the continuity and balance to continue their recent improvement. After all, it is only a very fragile renaissance.

 

Maggs will point to the demanding league and cup schedule that means he has to shuffle and play his cards as shrewdly as he possibly can.

 

Yet in the seven weeks between December 23 and February 9 Moseley will have played four matches. They have nine league games left, interspersed with four fallow weeks. This is not the most demanding point of their schedule.

 

Clearly the coach, who quite rightly accepted his part of the blame for today's non-performance, will be deservedly feted if he leads Mose to a rare win in Devon next weekend, where the rewards could be much higher.

 

Beating Albion, who are surreptitiously trying to bolster their squad beforehand, could put Mose eight points clear of the relegation zone, assuming London Scottish do them a favour at Doncaster the night before, and we all know how much staying in the Championship is worth - £330,000 compared to ten grand.

 

But that match will take some winning, Mose do not have a good record there and Nat Saumi's lads won't lie down on the basis Moseley need it more. Quite the reverse.

 

And if the performances of several of Maggs's charges this afternoon are anything to go by, victory is no sinecure.

 

If this was an opportunity for some of his back-up players to press their claims for more regular action, let's be kind and say they missed it.

 

With the exception of the excellent Olly Robinson this was a fitful effort, one that never looked like being enough to subdue the rampant hosts who played with tempo and ambition and put the visitors to shame.

 

Two of the six tries came from quicksilver wing Kyle Evans, while half backs Aled Davies and Owen Williams, comfortably won their personal head to heads.

 

With full back Dion Jones gliding into the line and the Llanelli back row coming on to the ball at pace, Moseley's defence was torn apart like wet tissue paper. Truth be told it was a tad embarrassing.

 

Particularly in the first half when the English outfit couldn't even get the ball and when they did they broke down without posing so much as a polite inquiry, never mind a serious question.

 

As a result Llanelli scored through Evans, Davies and Duane Eager, all converted by Williams, to open up a 21-3 interval lead.

 

Only after Greg King, one first teamer who does need a run of games, produced a delightful off-load that sent Brad Hunt over to make it 21-10 did Mose look like grabbing the point they needed.

 

But it was the Welshman who snatched their bonus on the hour when King's sacrificial kick was returned by Williams and No. 8 Craig Price and openside Dan Thomas picked his way under the sticks for 28-10.

 

From then Moseley were chasing the game and although Simon Hunt went over the first time in five months, it was in the 80th minute and by then Evans and Shaun Hopkins had completed the rout and nicked the £10k.

 

One wonders how Moseley will pick themselves up after that disappointment - but they have to find a way if Maggs's gamble is going to have been worth it.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Llanelli

Min

Score

Moseley

 

14

0 - 3

Pen Simon Hunt

Try Aled Davies

25

5 - 3

 

Con Owen Williams

25

7 - 3

 

Try Duane Eager

27

12 - 3

 

Con Owen Williams

27

14 - 3

 

Yellow Card Adam Powell

33

14 - 3

 

Rep Nathan White For Joel Galley (Tactical)

35

14 - 3

 

Yellow Card Daniel Thomas

44

14 - 3

 

Try Kyle Evans

45

19 - 3

 

Con Owen Williams

45

21 - 3

 

 

47

21 - 8

Try Brad Hunt

 

47

21 - 10

Con Simon Hunt

 

54

21 - 10

Rep Sam Dickinson For Nigel Burrows (Tactical)

 

54

21 - 10

Rep Adam Caves For Sam Wilkes (Tactical)

 

54

21 - 10

Rep Buster Lawrence For Tom Hicks (Tactical)

Try Daniel Thomas

61

26 - 10

 

Con Owen Williams

61

28 - 10

 

 

62

28 - 10

Rep Glyn Hughes For Brad Davies (Tactical)

 

62

28 - 10

Rep Tom Warren For Steffan Thorpe (Tactical)

Try Kyle Evans

67

33 - 10

 

Rep Craig Cross For Aled Hopkins (Tactical)

69

33 - 10

 

Rep Stuart Leach For Daniel Thomas (Tactical)

69

33 - 10

 

Rep Greg George For Craig Hawkins (Tactical)

71

33 - 10

 

Try Shaun Hopkins

72

38 - 10

 

Con Owen Williams

72

40 - 10

 

Rep Jonny Lewis For Owen Williams (Tactical)

72

40 - 10

 

Rep Justin James For Dale Ford (Tactical)

72

40 - 10

 

Rep Jamie Kaijaks For Shaun Hopkins (Tactical)

72

40 - 10

 

 

72

40 - 10

Rep Sam Brown For Alex Day (Tactical)

 

72

40 - 10

Rep Chaz Meddick For Danny Herriott (Tactical)

 

82

40 - 15

Try Simon Hunt

 

82

40 - 17

Con Glyn Hughes