1st XV Match Report V Cross Keys (a) Sat 12/10/2013 

Match Details

 

Venue

Pandy Park

Kick Off

3.00pm

Attendance

TBC

Referee

Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland)

 

Teams

 

 

Cross Keys

20 – 16

Moseley

 

 

Aaron Bramwell

15

Mike Penn

 

 

Luke Williams

14

Scott Armstrong

 

 

Leon Andrews

13

Will Owen

 

 

Aled James

12

Will Hafu

 

 

Nathan Trowbridge

11

Simon Hunt

 

 

Angus O’Brian

10

Will Hooley

 

 

Rhys Dyer

9

Alex Day

 

 

Richard Cornock

1

Stefan Thorp

 

 

Gerwyn Price

2

Will Evans

 

 

Nathan Buck

3

Adam Parkins

 

 

Danny Hodge

4

Cory Hill

 

 

Tom Lampard

5

Mike Powell

 

 

Reuben Tucker

6

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Scott Matthews

7

Joe Carpenter

 

 

Adam Powell

8

Chris Brightwell

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Aaron Coundley

16

Tom Warren

 

 

Darren Hughes

17

Matty Williams

 

 

Craig Gould

18

Danny Herriott

 

 

Ollie Hodge

19

Nigel Burrows

 

 

Ryan James

20

David Brazier

 

 

Steffan Jones

21

Caolan Ryan

 

 

Nathan Williams

22

Scott Browne

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

 

Sloppy first half showing from Moseley

 

Forwards coach Dave Hilton admitted Moseley lost an error-strewn British and Irish Cup curtain-raiser with a sloppy first half showing when they did all the attacking - yet conceded nearly all of the points

 

Once again the Billesley Common outfit were the architects of their own downfall as they wasted several scoring opportunities and allowed Cross Keys to open up a barely credible 20-3 interval lead.

 

A brace from Nathan Trowbridge and ten points from Dragons academy fly half Angus O’Brien provided enough of a cushion which meant that no matter how hard Moseley tried in the second period - they had left themselves too much to do.

 

But the former Scotland prop believes it might have been different had the visitors not started chasing the game with more than an hour to go.

 

“For a change we came out really dominant, we did really well but it’s just sign of our confidence, a couple of things went against us - then it looked like it just broke us,” Hilton said.

 

“It was hard to get into our team patterns and we paid the price for that in the first half. We effectively paid with the game.

 

“No way should we have given away the tries that Cross Keys had - although they took them very well, there is no way they should have had the gaps in the first place.”

 

While Keys were clinical finishing embodied, Mose were exactly the opposite and just as had been the case in Penzance, they left dozens of points on the field. At least three tries went begging in the opening quarter alone.

 

Will Hooley had missed two 40m penalties by the time he landed one from closer in to give the visitors an 11th minute 3-0 advantage.

 

But twice Mose kicked to the corner and won the resultant lineout only to be stripped of the ball just a few minutes from the line. They were also counter-rucked off the ball after a break by promising outside centre Will Owen and from further out Cory Hill’s pass - which would have sent Simon Hunt away, went straight into touch.

 

By contrast Keys were razor sharp, one try a beautiful length of the field effort, the other a clinical finish after a Scott Armstrong mistake.

 

The first came on the quarter hour when O’Brien side-stepped Buster Lawrence in his own 22 and set off through the middle.

 

His break was supported by Aled James and winger Luke Williams who showed admirable composure by flinging a pass against the grain where Trowbridge was completely unmarked.

 

Five minutes later Lawrence spilled on the home 22, Williams poked clear and set off in pursuit.

 

Armstrong swept up but in instead of diving on the loose ball he missed it completely,

 

Williams recovered and gave his wing partner Trowbridge an easy stroll in. Shaken, Moseley’s discipline left them and by the end of the period they ended up 17-points down and with Joe Carpenter in the sin-bin - for what seemed like an innocuous an off-the-ball incident.

 

The former DK flanker was the first of three Moseley players to see yellow, Mike Powell and Cory Hill joined Keys’ Danny Hodge and Rueben Tucker in the bin, as the second half resembled tag-team wrestling for a period.

 

Nevertheless Mose were still making the running and after Hooley added a second penalty to cut the deficit to 20-6, there was enough time and possession for Mose to complete a comeback.

 

And it looked on after a quarter of an hour when Chris Brightwell rode a 5m scrum to make it 20-11.

 

However, with players rolling in and out of the bin and their decision-making, handling or discipline letting them down at every juncture, Mose made it ultra-hard for themselves.

 

Which is why they were made to wait until four minutes before the end to further reduce the arrears.

 

A sweeping miss-pass from Hooley invited Armstrong to make amends for his earlier gaffe when he took the ball in full flight and barrelled over from 30m.

 

Hooley’s conversion hit the post - he was to miss ten points worth of kicks overall and Keys held on.

 

“Cross Keys do what they do very well but when we got our game going we looked much the better side,” Hilton said.

 

He will hope to be able to say the same after next Saturday’s enticing clash with Leinster A - just Mose’s second home match of the season.

 

 

 

The Game as it Happened

Cross Keys

Min

Score

Moseley

 

12

0 – 3

Pen Will Hooley

Try Nathan Trowbridge

15

5 – 3

 

Con Angus O’Brian

16

7 – 3

 

Rep Nathan Williams for Aled James

16

7 – 3

 

Try Nathan Trowbridge

21

12 - 3

 

Con Angus O’Brian

22

14 – 3

 

Pen Angus O’Brian

32

17 - 3

 

Pen Angus O’Brian

36

20 – 3

 

 

40

20 – 3

Yellow Card Joe Carpenter

Rep Steffan Jones for Aaron Bramwell

41

20 – 3

 

 

46

20 – 6

Pen Will Hooley

Yellow Card Rueben Tucker

49

20 – 6

Yellow Card Cory Hill

Yellow card Danny Hodge

55

20 – 6

 

 

59

20 – 11

Try Chris Brightwell

Rep Aaron Coundley for Richard Cornock

60

20 – 11

 

Rep Craig Gould for Nathan Buck

61

20 – 11

 

 

62

20 – 11

Yellow card Mike Powell

Rep Ryan James for Rhys Dyer

66

20 – 11

Rep Tom Warren for Stefan Thorp

 

67

20 – 11

Rep Dave Brazier for Alex Day

 

70

20 – 11

Rep Caolan Ryan for Will Hafu

 

71

20 – 11

Rep Matty Williams for Will Evans

 

74

20 – 11

Rep Danny Herriott for Adam Parkins

 

77

20 – 11

Rep Scott Browne for Mike Penn

Rep Ollie Hodge for Reuben Tucker

78

20 – 11

 

 

79

20 – 16

Try Scott Armstrong