1st XV Match Report V Leinster A (h) Sat 19/10/2013 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley Common

Kick Off

3.00pm

Attendance

626

Referee

Claudio Blessano (IRU)

 

Teams

 

 

Moseley

22 – 24

Leinster A

 

P P P P T C P

Oliver Thomas

15

Darren Hudson

 

 

Mike Penn

14

Sam Coghlan-Murray

T

 

Greg King

13

Tom Farrell

 

 

Will Owen

12

Tom Daly

 

 

Matthew Williams

11

Darragh Fanning

T

 

Will Hooley

10

Cathal Marsh

C C P C

 

Sam Brown

9

Luke McGrath

 

 

Craig Voisey

1

Jack O'Connell

 

 

Rhys Buckley

2

James Tracy

 

 

Danny Herriott

3

Tadhg Furlong

 

 

Alex Woolford

4

Tadhg Beirne

 

 

Mike Powell

5

Tom Denton

 

 

Neil Mason

6

Ben Marshall

 

 

Oliver Robinson

7

Conor Gilsenan

Y

 

Chris Brightwell

8

Leo Auva'a

T

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Ben Evans

16

Bryan Byrne

 

 

Matty Williams

17

Martin Kelly

 

 

Stephan Thorp

18

Gavin Thornbury

 

 

Buster Lawrence

19

Dan Leavy

 

 

Alex Day

20

John Cooney

 

 

Anthony Carter

21

Steve Crosbie

 

 

Caolan Ryan

22

Andrew Boyle

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

 

Head coach Kevin Maggs sees sloppy defending at the heart of another defeat despite signs of improvement

 

While Kevin Maggs felt his side took a step forward against B&I Cup kings Leinster, he also bemoaned the sloppy defending which cost them a first win.

 

The Mose head coach was pleased with many aspects of his team’s display, not least several individual performances which suggested the Billesley Boys are close to turning the corner.

 

But as ever Maggs was left to wonder what might have been after Mose let slip a 19-7 lead that should have been enough to see them upset Leinster’s cup defence.

 

For the first time this season Moseley were ahead at half-time and even though they still didn’t maximise all of their scoring opportunities, they can comfort themselves with the knowledge they were far more accurate and energetic in their approach play.

 

Ollie Thomas accounted for all of their points, with a try, conversion and five penalties, but this was a much better team effort.

 

With Will Hooley marshalling the midfield well on his full home debut and Chris Brightwell growing as a force at No. 8, there seemed much more stability down the spine of the team and while that first victory remains elusive, Moseley appear to be taking steps towards it.

 

But Maggs knows not that everything is perfect. Once again Moseley lost ball in the opposition 22 and while they led 12-7 at the break they had - and wasted, plenty of opportunities to increase that advantage.

 

And a couple of defensive howlers, one of which gave Leinster’s Darragh Fanning the decisive try ten minutes from time, did not escape Maggs’s notice.

 

“I thought we played really well and controlled the game for long periods. There were lots of positives to take from it,” he said. “It’s just a shame there was a lapse of concentration at the end.

 

“Two of their three tries were dopey from us. It’s those lapses in concentration which are hurting us, whether we are on our own line or the opposition 22 - it’s not doing what we set out to do.

 

“We switch off for a minute, their nine goes through and then it’s game over. We don’t want to blame anybody, we are all in it together.

 

“It will come, we’ve got to keep working, doing what we are doing. We are happy enough with where we are at the moment but just it’s a bit demoralising that we are so close but still so far.”

 

Things started well. Moseley went down the slope in the opening period and Thomas kicked a seventh minute penalty following a ruck infringement by Thomas Denton. The full back doubled the lead sooner after his forwards rumbled up to the 22 and won another penalty for a high tackle.

 

Almost immediately after Leinster captain Conor Gilsenan was sin-binned for a late hit on Thomas as he chipped over halfway but was taken out by the openside.

 

Thomas picked himself up and stroked a 50m penalty clean through the sticks.

 

And he made it 12-0 just after the midway point when the Birmingham outfit’s scrum forced Leinster’s seven men to stand up.

 

Gilsenan returned to the fray and Leinster were handed an attacking opportunity when Moseley were accidentally offside at a maul.

 

From the resulting scrum Leinster No. 8 Leo Auva’a quick a quick tap and thundered through flimsy defence. Marsh converted to cut the deficit to five-points and leave Maggs tearing his hair out.

 

Leinster had use of the elements after the turnaround, although they were given what seemed a mountain to climb when four minutes in Thomas scored Moseley’s only try.

 

The outstanding Hooley reversed play against the grain inviting Thomas to glide into the line, through the defence to touch down from 20m. His conversion made it 19-7.

 

A quarter of an hour into the second period the visitors came back as a lineout drive was held but Sam Coughlan-Murray was off his wing to take Marsh’s shortened pass 15m to the line. Marsh converted.

 

Another Thomas penalty gave his side an eight-point advantage just before the hour, which was reduced again by three points from Marsh’s boot.

 

Then in the 69th minute John Cooney burst up the side of a maul in his own 22, kicked behind the defence and Fanning scooped up the loose ball, shrugged off a couple of tackles and rumbled over. Marsh completed the job.

 

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Leinster A

Pen Oliver Thomas

08

3 - 0

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

13

6 - 0

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

14

9 - 0

 

 

14

9 - 0

Yellow Card Conor Gilsenan

Pen Oliver Thomas

24

12 - 0

 

 

28

12 - 5

Try Leo Auva'a

 

30

12 - 7

Con Cathal Marsh

Rep Anthony Carter For Will Owen (Injury)

40

12 - 7

 

Try Oliver Thomas

45

17 - 7

 

 

45

17 - 7

Rep Steve Crosbie For Darren Hudson (Tactical)

Rep Buster Lawrence For Mike Powell (Injury)

45

17 - 7

 

Con Oliver Thomas

46

19 - 7

 

 

49

19 - 7

Rep Dan Leavy For Leo Auva'a (Tactical)

 

55

19 - 12

Try Sam Coghlan-Murray

 

55

19 - 12

Rep John Cooney For Luke McGrath (Tactical)

 

56

19 - 14

Con Cathal Marsh

Pen Oliver Thomas

59

22 - 14

 

Rep Steffan Thorp For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

59

22 - 14

 

Rep Ben Evans For Danny Herriott (Tactical)

64

22 - 14

 

 

65

22 - 17

Pen Cathal Marsh

 

70

22 - 22

Try Darragh Fanning

 

71

22 - 24

Con Cathal Marsh

Rep Alex Day For Sam Brown (Tactical)

71

22 - 24

 

Rep Matt Williams For Rhys Buckley (Tactical)

72

22 - 24

 

 

78

22 - 24

Rep Gavin Thornbury For Conor Gilsenan (Tactical)

 

79

22 - 24

Rep Andrew Boyle For Dan Leavy (Tactical)

Rep Caolan Ryan For Mike Penn (Tactical)

79

22 - 24