1st XV Match Report V London Scottish (a) Sat 30/11/2013 

Match Details

 

Venue

Athletic Ground

Kick Off

3.00pm

Attendance

1,128

Referee

Darren Gamage

 

Teams

 

 

London Scottish

38 – 17

Moseley

 

 

Jim Thompson

15

Anthony Carter

 

 

Mike Doneghan

14

Scott Armstrong

T

T

Ollie Grove

13

Greg King

 

 

Andy Reay

12

Will Owen

 

T T T

Miles Mantella

11

Matthew Williams

 

C P P P C

Lee Millar

10

Caolan Ryan

C P C

 

Jordi Pasqualin

9

Sam Brown

 

 

Eric Fry

1

Craig Voisey

T

 

Adam Kwasnicki

2

Rhys Buckley

Y

 

Tomas Francis

3

Adam Parkins

 

 

Paul Spivey

4

Buster Lawrence

 

 

David Lyons

5

Mike Powell

 

 

Neil Best

6

Neil Mason

 

 

Chevvy Pennycook

7

Oliver Robinson

 

T

Mark Bright

8

Chris Brightwell

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Ted Stagg

16

Ben Evans

 

 

Mark Irish

17

William Evans

 

 

Tyler Hotson

18

Tom Warren

 

 

Ben Russell

19

Nigel Burrows

 

 

Dan Newton

20

David Brazier

 

 

Peter Homan

21

Mike Penn

 

 

PJ Gidlow

22

Simon Hunt

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

 

Fruitless trip to Richmond for Kevin Maggs's men as they are dominated in the scrum

 

Moseley paid the price for sticking their heads in the tactical sand at the Richmond Athletic Ground, insisting this was an occasion for ball-playing front-row forwards on a day when it was obvious to everyone bar the visitors that was not the case.

 

While Moseley’s props, Craig Voisey and Adam Parkins, gallivanted around the open spaces and, according to Kevin Maggs carried half-a-dozen times each, Scottish’s loosehead Eric Fry and tighthead Tomas Francis kept their noggins down and scrummaged, scrummaged and scrummaged again.

 

Voisey scored an impudent first-half try, spotting an unguarded ruck to dash through the non-existent defence from ten metres and in doing so hand Mose a 17-15 half-hour lead, but even that turned out to be a won battle in a lost war.

 

And boy did Moseley lose the war.

 

Those five points were dwarfed by the penalty count, three goals and yellow card shown to Rhys Buckley, shipped by a Moseley front five built for speed rather than power.

 

By the time the hooker was yellow-carded for standing up in the 45th minute, Moseley’s front row had shipped seven penalties and condemned their team to a life on scraps.

 

Not that any individual is more responsible than anyone else but collectively the gulf between these two sides was widest in the scrum and Maggs did his men no favours by waiting until the 51st minute, when his side was 31-17 down, before sending on Ben Evans and Tom Warren.

 

No-one could claim the experienced Welshman and his dual-registered Saints sidekick solved all of Moseley’s set-piece ailments but they did at least stabilise things and allow Moseley to try to repair some of the damage.

 

Unfortunately there was too much. They should have been on at half-time when Mose were only 23-17 down.

 

Miles Mantella, who ended up with a hat-trick, was rampant, Andy Reay distributed beautifully and as Scottish became more fluent, Moseley came apart at the seams.

 

Poor Caolan Ryan’s dream debut seems like such a long time ago now.

 

On the positive side, Moseley showed in the first half the enterprise that has made them so watchable this season.

 

They started like a house, smouldering if not actually on fire, as Scottish fumbled and infringed their way into the match.

 

Scott Armstrong scored the type of tackle-breaking try we’d expected from him and Voisey’s scamper was the sign of a side playing good heads-up rugby in the red zone.

 

But as Maggs admitted afterwards: “You can’t play any level of rugby without a set-piece.”

 

One wonders why that situation was allowed to continue for so long.

 

Photographs by Chris Lowe

 

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Moseley

Min

Score

London Welsh

 

04

0 - 5

Try Scott Armstrong

 

05

0 - 7

Con Caolan Ryan

Try Miles Mantella

07

5 - 7

 

Con Lee Millar

08

7 - 7

 

Pen Lee Millar

11

10 - 7

 

Try Mark Bright

13

15 - 7

 

 

23

15 - 10

Pen Caolan Ryan

 

31

15 - 15

Try Craig Voisey

 

32

15 - 17

Con Caolan Ryan

Pen Lee Millar

38

18 - 17

 

Try Ollie Grove

40

23 - 17

 

Pen Lee Millar

44

26 - 17

 

 

46

26 - 17

Yellow Card Rhys Buckley

 

47

26 - 17

Rep William Evans For Neil Mason (Tactical)

Try Miles Mantella

51

31 - 17

 

Rep Mark Irish For Tomas Francis (Tactical)

52

31 - 17

 

 

52

31 - 17

Rep Ben Evans For Adam Parkins (Tactical)

 

52

31 - 17

Rep Tom Warren For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

Rep Tyler Hotson For Paul Spivey (Tactical)

52

31 - 17

 

Try Miles Mantella

57

36 - 17

 

Con Lee Millar

58

38 - 17

 

 

59

38 - 17

Rep Neil Mason For William Evans (Tactical)

 

59

38 - 17

Rep Simon Hunt For Caolan Ryan (Tactical)

Rep Dan Newton For PJ Gidlow (Tactical)

63

38 - 17

 

Rep Dan Newton For Jim Thompson (Tactical)

63

38 - 17

 

Rep Ted Stagg For Adam Kwasnicki (Tactical)

65

38 - 17

 

Rep Ben Russell For Chevvy Pennycook (Tactical)

65

38 - 17

 

 

65

38 - 17

Rep Nigel Burrows For Chris Brightwell (Tactical)

 

72

38 - 17

Rep William Evans For Rhys Buckley (Tactical)

 

73

38 - 17

Rep Mike Penn For Will Owen (Tactical)

 

73

38 - 17

Rep David Brazier For Sam Brown (Tactical)