1st XV Match Report V Rotherham (h) Sat 14/09/2013 

Match Details

 

Venue

Castle Park Doncaster

Kick Off

1.00pm

Attendance

1,050

Referee

Ian Tempest

 

Teams

 

 

Moseley

24 – 42

Rotherham

 

 

Mike Penn

15

Sean Scanlon

 

 

Matt Williams

14

Jamie Broadley

T

T

Simon Hunt

13

Jack Roberts

 

C

Greg King

12

Juan Pablo Socino

C P P P P P C P

T

Scott Armstrong

11

Michael Keating

 

P P DG P

Oliver Thomas

10

Dallan Murphy

 

 

Sam Brown

9

Charlie Mulchrone

 

 

Tom Warren

1

Marshall Gadd

 

 

Rhys Buckley

2

Tom Cruse

T T

 

Ben Evans

3

Colin Quigley

 

 

Cory Hill

4

Barney Maddison

 

 

Mike Powell

5

Dan Sanderson

 

 

Nigel Burrows

6

Ed Williamson

 

 

Oliver Robinson

7

Ali Birch

 

 

Chris Brightwell

8

Alfie To'oala

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Neil Mason

16

Jack Preece

 

 

Craig Voisey

17

Ben Sowrey

 

 

Adam Parkins

18

Mark Tampin

 

 

Alex Woolford

19

Ben Thomas

 

 

William Evans

20

Laurence Pearce

T

 

Alex Day

21

Dan White

 

 

Will Owen

22

Joel Gill

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

 

Moseley's Rotherham hammering branded 'unacceptable' by Kevin Maggs

 

Dejected head coach Kevin Maggs branded his side’s opening day display ‘unacceptable’ as Moseley were hammered by new-look Rotherham.

 

The Titans fielded 11 new players in their starting line-up but looked a well-oiled machine as hooker Tom Cruse bagged two tries and Argentine centre Juan Pablo Socino kicked eight goals to finish with 22 points.

 

In response Ollie Thomas provided 12 and there were classy strikes from Simon Hunt and Matt Williams but Maggs admitted his side was well beaten.

 

And he lambasted them for it. “It’s disappointing, there is nobody more gutted than me,” he said.

 

“We are disappointed because we weren’t at the races full stop. All the things we have talked about - two in the bin, penalty after penalty after penalty and we literally didn’t have the ball in the first half.

 

“We showed some glimpses, Simon Hunt’s try showed some great handling from the backs but otherwise we didn’t have the ball.

 

“Unfortunately we just didn’t turn up, we didn’t have the right attitude today and it’s not good enough. It didn’t come down to tactics or techniques. It’s about attitude.

 

“We have got another big game next week and it’s going to have to improve massively because that’s not acceptable.

 

“We are all a bit dumbstruck at the minute because we were all expecting big things and unfortunately we fell flat on our faces.”

 

To make matters worse Maggs saw his new No. 8 Chris Brightwell hospitalised after being carried off near the end.

 

The game was held up for eight minutes when the ex-England Sevens man looked to have been knocked out giving rise to concerns about a neck injury.

 

Maggs was optimistic his visit to hospital was more precautionary than anything else.

 

For the most part, though, it was his team’s senses that were scrambled as they fought to remain in the game throughout the first half against faster, stronger opponents.

 

That supremacy resulted in two tries and five points from the boot of Socino, who when he was not splitting the uprights was giving a masterclass at inside centre.

 

By contrast Moseley were struggling for rhythm with their set-piece malfunctioning at key moments.

 

Indeed it took Rotherham only three minutes to open their account after Charlie Mulchrone capitalised on a turnover in Titans’ territory. The livewire scrum half broke away, used Dallan Murphy and the fly half off-loaded for wing Jamie Broadley to bash through Mike Penn’s flimsy tackle by the flag.

 

Nine minutes later Mose were back under pressure when Olly Robinson was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on near his own line.

 

Rotherham opted for a 5m scrum and despite producing a couple more penalties eventually lost control at the back and the defence hacked clear.

 

What followed was Mose’s best period of the half as the Roth penalty count began to mount. Thomas made it 5-3 with a 50m effort on the half hour.

 

And then after a fumble by Colin Quigley, Scott Armstrong counter-attacked and the Billesley outfit forced another infringement for an illegal tackle.

 

Thomas stroked over another three points and after having their backs to the wall for much of the match Maggs’s men were 6-5 ahead.

 

It was short-lived, though and almost straight away Socino picked his way into the 22, was supported by Quigley and Dan Sanderson and there was enough room for Cruse to bash through Robinson’s attempted tackle. Socino converted.

 

Thomas grabbed a drop goal in reply but Socino had the final word before the break with a simple penalty for 15-9.

 

If the first half had been about finding fingers to plug the dam, the digits ran out by the end of the second as Rotherham breezed to a try bonus.

 

As ever Mose stuck to their task but couldn’t stem the flow of penalties. Socino made it 24-9 with three more goals in the first quarter hour after the restart.

 

Even Moseley dragged themselves back into a game that might otherwise have gone with a scintillating try from first phase.

 

Scott Armstrong came off his wing to create the extra man in midfield and after a neat exchange with Williams put Hunt away to a superb 40m score.

 

Thomas missed the conversion but added a penalty in the 66th minute and some how Mose were only seven points adrift.

 

But that flattered them and Rotherham made the scoreline far more reflective with two more penalties and tries from Cruse and the marauding Lawrence Pearce. Williams grabbed a spectacular 80m last minute effort but it was no consolation and Plymouth away looks both a long way on the field and the map.

 

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Rotherham

 

00

0 - 0

Rep Joel Gill For Sean Scanlon (Tactical)

 

03

0 - 5

Try Jamie Broadley

Pen Oliver Thomas

21

3 - 5

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

30

6 - 5

 

Rep Alex Day For Sam Brown (Injury)

31

6 - 5

 

 

32

6 - 10

Try Tom Cruse

 

32

6 - 12

Con Juan Pablo Socino

 

34

6 - 12

Rep Ben Thomas For Dan Sanderson (Tactical)

DG Oliver Thomas

38

9 - 12

 

 

40

9 - 15

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

 

42

9 - 15

Rep Laurence Pearce For Alfie To'oala (Tactical)

Rep Alex Day For Sam Brown (Tactical)

42

9 - 15

 

 

43

9 - 18

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

 

46

9 - 21

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

 

54

9 - 24

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

Rep Alex Woolford For Mike Powell (Tactical)

56

9 - 24

 

Rep Tom Warren For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

56

9 - 24

 

Rep Adam Parkins For Ben Evans (Tactical)

63

9 - 24

 

Try Simon Hunt

64

14 - 24

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

66

17 - 24

 

 

72

17 - 27

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

 

74

17 - 27

Rep Jack Preece For Barney Maddison (Tactical)

 

75

17 - 30

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

 

78

17 - 35

Try Tom Cruse

 

80

17 - 40

Try Laurence Pearce

 

80

17 - 40

Rep Ben Sowrey For Colin Quigley (Tactical)

 

82

17 - 42

Con Juan Pablo Socino

Rep Will Owen For Oliver Thomas (Tactical)

82

17 - 42

 

Rep Will Evans For Chris Brightwell (Injury)

82

17 - 42

 

Try Matt Williams

83

22 - 42

 

Con Greg King

83

24 - 42