1st XV Match Report V Ealing (h) Sat 25/01/2014 

Match Details

Venue

Billesley Common

Kick Off

3.00pm

Attendance

 

Referee

 

Teams

 

Moseley

22 - 12

Ealing

 

 

Anthony Carter

15

Andrew Henderson

 

T

Simon Hunt

14

Owen Bruynseels

 

 

Scott Armstrong

13

Ronnie Mclean-Dents

T

 

Greg King

12

Tom Bedford

 

T T

Matthew Williams

11

Phil Chesters

T

C

Will Hooley

10

Ben Ward

C

 

Sam Brown

9

Morgan Thompson

 

 

Tom Warren

1

Ryan Storer

 

T

Rhys Buckley

2

Andrei Radoi

 

 

Ben Evans

3

Conor Carey

 

 

Greg Charlton

4

Steve Pape

 

Y

Mike Powell

5

Adam Preocanin

 

 

Neil Mason

6

Matt Evans

 

 

Oliver Robinson

7

Ed Siggery

 

 

Buster Lawrence

8

Sean O'Connell

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Craig Voisey

16

Sam Wilkes

 

 

William Evans

17

Steve Neville

 

 

Steffan Thorp

18

Richard Palframan

 

 

Chris Brightwell

19

Dan Collier

 

 

Ryan Glynn

20

TJ Anderson

 

 

Oliver Thomas

21

Stuart Commins

 

 

Will Owen

22

Sam Wardingley

Y

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

 

There is still plenty of rugby to be played so anything is possible

 

Kevin Maggs praised his Moseley side for overcoming a difficult pitch - and bizarre circumstances to place ‘one foot in the Championship’.

 

This five point victory lifted Mose well clear of Ealing in the relegation spot and gave them hope of an anxiety-free run-in.

 

Particularly if they replicate the resolve that saw them overcome a dogged Trailfinders outfit on a mudbath of a pitch.

 

“We are three bonus point wins away from them now - hopefully that will give us one foot in the Championship,” Maggs said.

 

“But there is still plenty of rugby to be played so anything is possible.

 

“We made hard work of it again. We said at half time our discipline was the only way we were going to get them in the game and its almost like we flicked a switch and the ref went against us for 15-20 minutes.

 

“We got a yellow card, they scored and they were right back in it and it could have gone either way to be honest.

 

“But we showed great endeavour, great team spirit and the way we closed out the game to get the final try at the end was fantastic.”

 

Which they would have settled for at 3pm when kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes as a thunder and hailstorm swept across Billesley Common depositing more water on an already sodden playing surface.

 

That put a premium on the performance of both packs and even though they were playing up the hill it was Moseley’s eight that got on top.

 

They opened up in powerful fashion, carrying their way up field helped in no small part by Ealing’s misdemeanours.

 

That set up a couple of catch and drive opportunities which took them to within a couple of metres of the visitors’ line.

 

However, as they fought to complete the job Buster Lawrence, who had been given the vote of confidence ahead of Chris Brightwell at No. 8, spilled the ball in contact.

 

And just as the match was beginning to gather momentum, there was another quarter of an hour delay when Ealing winger Owen Bruynseels was stretchered of with a serious leg injury.

 

Mose came racing out of the blocks after the resumption and burst away from an attacking scrum just outside the 22.

 

The home forwards got close and when the ball came back to Will Hooley he poked a kick behind the on-rushing defence.

 

The ball held up in a puddle in-goal and Simon Hunt leapt on to it for his third try of the season. Hooley missed the extras.

 

Mose doubled their lead in the 25th minute and unsurprisingly the score came from a driving maul - less predictable was the fact it was wing Matt Williams who applied the touch down.

 

With the slope in their favour Ealing were always going to have a spell of pressure and that came just before half time from a lineout.

 

The Londoners won back possession and their pack hammered up to the posts before the ball was laid back to Ben Ward.

 

The fly half clearly took note of Hooley’s tactic and he too prodded a kick in goal where Phil Chesters slid up to touch it down.

 

The final action of the period saw Hooley miss his third kick after Bruynseels’ replacement had been yellow carded for a deliberate knock on.

 

Moseley started the second half superbly, making use of their extra man and the tactical alertness of Hooley. With an attacking scrum Maggs’s men sent Scott Armstrong hammering up to the 22.

 

That created a centrally placed ruck where Hooley spotted Mose had men over on the left. The youngster put Greg King through the gap and he gave Williams a simple second.

 

Hooley defied the treacherous kicking conditions and stroked over the conversion for a 17-5 lead.

 

At that point it looked as though Moseley would stride away and claim not only the victory but a try bonus too. But that didn’t take into account the fact the home side’s discipline was about to implode. That allowed Ronnie McLean-Dents to make it 17-12 but Mose closed it out well with Buckley’s late try - his eighth for Moseley. 

The Game as it Happened

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Ealing

 

18

0 - 0

Rep Sam Wardingley For Owen Bruynseels (Injury)

Try Simon Hunt

19

5 - 0

 

Try Matthew Williams

26

10 - 0

 

 

35

10 - 5

Try Phil Chesters

 

39

10 - 5

Yellow Card Sam Wardingley

Try Matthew Williams

47

15 - 5

 

Con Will Hooley

48

17 - 5

 

 

52

17 - 5

Rep Steve Neville For Ryan Storer (Tactical)

 

52

17 - 5

Rep Steve Neville For Richard Palframan (Tactical)

 

55

17 - 5

Rep Dan Collier For Steve Pape (Tactical)

Yellow Card Mike Powell

60

17 - 5

 

 

62

17 - 10

Try Ronnie Mclean-Dents

 

63

17 - 12

Con Ben Ward

Rep Ryan Glynn For Sam Brown (Tactical)

64

17 - 12

 

 

66

17 - 12

Rep Sam Wilkes For Andrei Radoi (Tactical)

Rep Craig Voisey For Tom Warren (Tactical)

68

17 - 12

 

 

68

17 - 12

Rep Stuart Commins For Morgan Thompson (Tactical)

 

71

17 - 12

Rep TJ Anderson For Matt Evans (Tactical)

Rep Chris Brightwell For Buster Lawrence (Tactical)

72

17 - 12

 

Rep Stefan Thorp For Ben Evans (Tactical)

73

17 - 12

 

Try Rhys Buckley

82

22 - 12