1st XV Match Report V Newcastle Falcons (a) Fri 15/02/2013 

Match Details

 

Venue

Kingston Park

Attendance

3,000

Referee

Llyr ApGeraint-Roberts

Kick Off

8.00pm

 

Teams

 

 

Newcastle

36 – 3

Moseley

 

T T

Tom Catterick

15

William Robinson

 

 

Andrew Higgins

14

Simon Hunt

 

 

Michael Tait

13

Greg King

 

 

Jamie Helleur

12

Anthony Carter

 

 

Ryan Shortland

11

Scott Armstrong

 

C C T C

Jimmy Gopperth

10

Glyn Hughes

P

 

Rory Lawson

9

Samuel Brown

 

 

Jonny Golding

1

Tom Warren

 

T

Rob Vickers

2

Adam Caves

 

 

Oliver Tomaszczyk

3

Benjamin Evans

 

 

James Goode

4

Addison Lockley

 

 

Scott MacLeod

5

Mike Powell

 

 

Taiabina Tu'ifua

6

Sam Dickinson

 

 

Will Welch

7

Oliver Robinson

 

T

Ally Hogg

8

Ben Pienaar

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Matt Thompson

16

Sam Wilkes

 

 

James Hall

17

Daniel Herriott

 

 

James Hudson

18

Neil Mason

 

T

Ollie Stedman

19

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Jordi Pasqualin

20

Ben Pons

 

 

Joel Hodgson

21

Oliver Thomas

 

 

Alex Crockett

22

Bradley Hunt

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

A predictable defeat but no disgrace for Moseley who failed to inflict a first defeat on runaway RFU Championship leaders Newcastle but at least registered their presence at Kingston Park.

 

While they managed only a single Glyn Hughes penalty, they will reflect that with four botched lineouts in the home 22, two in the first half and two in the second, they were unable to sustain any pressure on the hosts.

 

But they will also rue the countless missed tackles that at times allowed Falcons to cut their defence to ribbons and which cost them six tries, two to outstanding Falcons full back Tom Catterick.

 

And had the normally reliable Jimmy Gopperth not missed four of his seven kicks at goal the size of the loss could have been even greater but even then Falcons could not claim to have manhandled Moseley in the same way they had at Billesley Common earlier in the campaign.

 

The Mose scrum stood up pretty well and they scrapped at the breakdown with the excellent Olly Robinson leading the way. Their fate will not be decided by events this evening.

 

Worryingly though, it might be affected by the leg injury which saw Scott Armstrong carried off late in the second half.

 

Newcastle had clearly done their homework on the visitors and identified their preference to defend narrowly.

 

Gopperth made them pay for it after just one minute when he punted to the left wing and Ryan Shortland took the ball in stride and laid inside for Catterick who coasted around Billy Robinson to score from 40m.

 

If a hammering looked on the cards at that stage Moseley weren't in the mood to buckle and just six minutes later, after a lovely flat pass from Carter had invited Robinson and Armstrong to attack, Mose won a penalty when Taiasina Tuifua piled into the side of a ruck. Hughes battered his kick from the touchline perfectly through for 5-3.

 

But almost instantly Mose were backed up in their own 22 and after half-a-dozen one-out runners had taken play up to the line hooker Rob Vickers surged through Hughes.

 

Jimmy Gopperth converted for 12-3 but both he and Hughes missed with penalties in the final few minutes before the break.

 

Unfortunately for Mose the start of the second period was identical to the first as they made a handling error in their own half and Catterick weaved his way through the defence for his second try.

 

Newcastle's bonus point score came in the 47th minute as Andy Higgins and Catterick returned a loose clearance and the full back threw a basketball pass for Gopperth to scoot over.

 

And on the hour the Kiwi picked his way through the fringes to feed Ollie Stedman who burst through Ben Pienaar's tackle and over for a debut try. Gopperth's extras made it 29-3.

 

Ally Hogg surged over on the last play for a final converted score that few could argue Newcastle's supremacy merited.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Newcastle

Min

Score

Moseley

Try Tom Catterick

02

5 - 0

 

 

07

5 - 3

Pen Glyn Hughes

Try Rob Vickers

11

10 - 3

 

Con Jimmy Gopperth

11

12 - 3

 

Try Tom Catterick

41

17 - 3

 

Try Jimmy Gopperth

47

22 - 3

 

 

53

22 - 3

Rep Buster Lawrence For Mike Powell (Tactical)

 

53

22 - 3

Rep Neil Mason For Sam Dickinson (Tactical)

Rep Matt Thompson For Rob Vickers (Tactical)

56

22 - 3

 

Rep Ollie Stedman For Taiabina Tu'ifua (Tactical)

57

22 - 3

 

Rep James Hall For Oliver Tomaszczyk (Tactical)

57

22 - 3

 

 

59

22 - 3

Rep Ben Pons For Oliver Robinson (Tactical)

 

59

22 - 3

Rep Daniel Herriott For Benjamin Evans (Tactical)

 

59

22 - 3

Rep Sam Wilkes For Adam Caves (Tactical)

Try Ollie Stedman

60

27 - 3

 

Con Jimmy Gopperth

60

29 - 3

 

Rep James Hudson For Andrew Higgins (Tactical)

75

29 - 3

 

 

76

29 - 3

Rep Bradley Hunt For Scott Armstrong (Tactical)

Try Ally Hogg

80

34 - 3

 

Con Jimmy Gopperth

80

36 - 3