1st XV Match Report V London Welsh (h) Sat 23/11/2013 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley Common

Kick Off

3.00pm

Attendance

1,081

Referee

Darren Gamage

 

Teams

 

 

Moseley

8 – 24

London Welsh

 

 

Anthony Carter

15

Seb Jewell

 

 

Scott Armstrong

14

Seb Stegmann

T T

 

Greg King

13

Tom May

 

 

Will Owen

12

Sonny Parker

 

 

Matthew Williams

11

Nick Scott

 

P

Caolan Ryan

10

Gordon Ross

 

 

Sam Brown

9

Alex Davies

C C C P

 

Craig Voisey

1

Nathan Trevett

 

T

Rhys Buckley

2

Kevin Davis

 

 

Adam Parkins

3

Peter Edwards

 

 

Buster Lawrence

4

Mitch Lees

 

 

Mike Powell

5

Ian Nimmo

Y

 

Neil Mason

6

Dan Browne

 

 

Oliver Robinson

7

Carl Kirwan

T

 

Chris Brightwell

8

Ben Pienaar

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Ben Evans

16

Nathan Morris

 

 

William Evans

17

Alec Hepburn

Y

 

Tom Warren

18

James Tideswell

 

 

Nigel Burrows

19

Ben West

 

 

Joesph Carpenter

20

Mike Denbee

 

 

David Brazier

21

Rob Lewis

 

 

Mike Penn

22

Alan Awcock

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

 

Moseley boss reacts to London Welsh defeat

 

Dejected Moseley coach Kevin Maggs blamed poor ball retention and a failure to ‘get out of first gear’ for their first defeat in four games.

 

While there will be some pride at preventing unbeaten Welsh from securing a try bonus, Maggs admitted to frustration at his team’s second half showing.

 

Having conceded first use of the slope to the visitors Mose would have been reasonably pleased going in at half time just 14-8 down to the league leaders.

 

But the hoped for comeback never materialised and Welsh added ten more points without reply.

 

“In the first half we let in two soft tries but I’d have taken 14-8 at half-time. After that it’s disappointing,” the head coach admitted.

 

“I am really proud of the effort everyone put in it’s just at times we just didn’t do the simple things well. We didn’t look after the pill well enough and didn’t build enough pressure to have a chance of scoring any points.

 

“The boys are a bit down after that, after beating Bedford last week and all the momentum coming into the this match - to not really get out of first gear is disappointing.”

 

There were, though, times in the first half when their on-song pack was a handful and they broke the gain-line with impressive regularity.

 

Their set piece held up and the defence largely held tight against an impressive looking Welsh backline which featured England, Scotland and Wales internationals in Tom May, Gordon Ross and Sonny Parker.

 

Indeed the pressure the exerted was evidenced by the fact Welsh conceded seven penalties and had Ian Nimmo yellow carded for a lineout offence.

 

And Mose took advantage of their early endeavours to take a 17th minute lead following a break down the left wing by Matt Williams.

 

Play was swung right where May was penalised for not rolling away. Caolan Ryan stepped up and made amends for an earlier miss to make it 3-0.

 

However, even with the home forwards giving as good as they got, Welsh remained a threat particularly out wide where both May and Nick Scott outflanked the defence only to run out of room.

 

Indeed it was when Welsh whipped the ball from an attacking scrum to the right corner that Seb Stegmann slipped through Anthony Carter’s 22nd minute tackle to stretch over by the flag. Alex Davies converted for 7-3.

 

And then five minutes later Welsh went left off the top of a lineout and although Scott was closed down, the ball was recycled quickly to Carl Kirwan.

 

The openside bashed through Olly Robinson and over the line from 10m. Davies’s extras made it 14-3.

 

But just when it looked as though the game was drifting away from Mose they responded and drove upfield.

 

Nimmo was sin-binned and instead of going for the sticks Mose punted to the corner. Mike Powell won the lineout and Buckley was driven over without inconvenience. Ryan missed the conversion.

 

Even so Mose would have been optimistic of powering down the slope after the restart.

 

Instead they were penalised nine minutes after the resumption for entering the side of a ruck only for Davies to miss his kick.

 

However, a minute later the scrum half was lining up another shot at goal - following Stegmann’s second try.

 

Welsh took a tap penalty on halfway and play moved right where Stegmann cut back off his sideline and shed several tacklers en route to the line.

 

Davies split the uprights and at 21-8 the gap was beginning to yawn.

 

And it grew bigger just before the hour when the Red and Black front row were penalised for standing up. Davies hammered over his fourth goal from 43m.

 

Moseley tried to run their way into dangerous positions and Sam Brown made a late break but chose to go inside instead of using the supporting Buster Lawrence.

 

A second yellow, for a dangerous tackle from Alec Hepburn, reduced Welsh to 14 once more but Mose couldn’t take advantage.

 

“I think we looked a little bit tired today but I don’t think we are running out of steam.,” Maggs said.

 

“They had a lot of power, that was the only difference really, they had a lot of big guys and they did the simple things well - like hold on to the ball, which we didn’t do in the second half.

 

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Moseley

Min

Score

London Welsh

Pen Caolan Ryan

18

3 - 0

 

 

23

3 - 5

Try Seb Stegmann

 

24

3 - 7

Con Alex Davies

 

28

3 - 12

Try Carl Kirwan

 

29

3 - 14

Con Alex Davies

 

36

3 - 14

Yellow Card Ian Nimmo

Try Rhys Buckley

37

8 - 14

 

 

50

8 - 14

Rep James Tideswell For Peter Edwards (Tactical)

 

51

8 - 19

Try Seb Stegmann

 

51

8 - 19

Rep Nathan Morris For Kevin Davis (Tactical)

 

52

8 - 21

Con Alex Davies

 

54

8 - 21

Rep Alec Hepburn For Nathan Trevett (Tactical)

 

57

8 - 21

Rep Mike Denbee For Ben Pienaar (Tactical)

 

57

8 - 21

Rep Rob Lewis For Gordon Ross (Tactical)

Rep Tom Warren For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

58

8 - 21

 

Rep Ben Evans For Adam Parkins (Tactical)

58

8 - 21

 

 

59

8 - 24

Pen Alex Davies

 

64

8 - 24

Rep Ben West For Dan Browne (Tactical)

Rep Mike Penn For Will Owen (Tactical)

68

8 - 24

 

 

73

8 - 24

Yellow Card Alec Hepburn

Rep Joesph Carpenter For Oliver Robinson (Tactical)

74

8 - 24

 

 

74

8 - 24

Rep Nathan Trevett For Mitch Lees (Tactical)

Rep William Evans For Rhys Buckley (Tactical)

74

8 - 24

 

Rep Nigel Burrows For Neil Mason (Tactical)

76

8 - 24

 

Rep David Brazier For Sam Brown (Tactical)

78

8 - 24