1st XV Match Report V Rotherham (a) Sat 01/02/2014 

Match Details

Venue

Clifton Lane

Kick Off

2.00pm

Attendance

1,287

Referee

Dean Richards

 

Teams

 

Rotherham

16 – 6

Moseley

 

 

Sean Scanlon

15

Anthony Carter

 

 

Michael Keating

14

Simon Hunt

 

T

Jack Roberts

13

Scott Armstrong

 

C P P P

Juan Pablo Socino

12

Greg King

 

 

Curtis Wilson

11

Matthew Williams

 

 

Dallan Murphy

10

Caolan Ryan

P P

 

Charlie Mulchrone

9

Sam Brown

 

 

Robin Hislop

1

Craig Voisey

 

 

Tom Cruse

2

Rhys Buckley

 

 

Mark Tampin

3

Ben Evans

 

 

Barney Maddison

4

Greg Charlton

 

 

Ben Thomas

5

Mike Powell

 

 

Ali Birch

6

Neil Mason

 

 

Jack Preece

7

Oliver Robinson

 

 

Ed Williamson

8

Chris Brightwell

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Ben Sowrey

16

Nigel Burrows

 

 

Toby Williams

17

William Evans

 

 

Colin Quigley

18

Steffan Thorp

 

 

Josh Thomas-Brown

19

Buster Lawrence

 

 

Alex Rieder

20

David Brazier

 

 

Dan White

21

Oliver Thomas

 

 

Lloyd Hayes

22

Will Owen

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

Kevin Maggs felt his side were short-changed at Clifton Lane as they pushed promotion-chasing Rotherham into a disjointed display - but couldn’t deny them an 11th straight victory.

Mose battled hard, had the better of the set-piece exchanges and were within seven points for almost the entire game.

But they were denied any tangible reward when Juan Pablo Socino kicked his third penalty with only three minutes remaining.

That took the hosts ten points clear and left Mose feeling mugged and perhaps reflecting that having worked hard against the wind in the first half, they failed to harness it in the second. Indeed Moseley’s poor restarts and indiscipline were Rotherham’s most bountiful source of field possession.

All of which frustrated their head coach: “We deserved at least a point,” Maggs said. “It’s disappointing, the boys put a lot of effort into that and in fairness, if you look at it, we were the better side. Unfortunately we lost and the result doesn’t reflect that.

“The discipline hurt us at the end but there were a few 50-50 calls which let them back in the game. Ollie [Thomas] hitting the post with that kick at the end was a sickener because it would definitely have been worth a point. Some days nothing goes your way and today was definitely one of them.”

Certainly not in the mind of referee Dean Richards who penalised Moseley 18 times, which in a game of close margins and difficult conditions was always going to be seriously debilitating.

Olly Robinson was very harshly dealt with as he tried to play to the letter of the offside law and the Mose scrum, which was largely dominant throughout, coughed up a couple of penalties in important positions.

Nevertheless Maggs felt his side deserved better. “They have given away three or four penalties when we had them under massive pressure and he could have binned one of them quite easily but he didn’t. They got out of jail there.

“I think there was a case for a penalty try when we had a maul going in the second half, he should have at least carded someone - but again it’s all ifs and buts.

“They have got a 40-man squad, they are full time and we are up against it from the word go - like we were at the start of the season. We have worked hard and proved that even though we have got a few starters missing, if we manage them physically we are more than capable of an upset.”

For all that Moseley made a terrible start, dropping the opening kick-off and then playing the ball from an offside position to gift the hosts with a shot at goal on the 22.

But if anyone doubted the wind would be a powerful influence on the game, proof to the contrary was provided when the normally reliable Socino pulled his kick wide.

The Newcastle-bound centre was to finish with 11 points but a relatively modest strike rate of four from seven.

Mose weren’t off the hook, though. A minute later home fly half Dallan Murphy spotted a massive gap in the defence and scuttled through. Once Titans were in behind they were ruthless and the Australian played in Jack Roberts who dragged Matt Williams over the line.

Socino made up for his earlier miss with a much more difficult conversion as Roth set up a 7-0 lead. It was to prove the decisive act.

To their credit Mose responded well. With their forwards compelled to carry they took the game to Rotherham and won the lion’s share of the collisions.

That started to pay dividends in the 13th minute when the visitors’ scrum produced the penalty which Ryan kicked for 7-3.

Ten minutes later Mose came close to a try when the outstanding Chris Brightwell burst off the base of a scrum in his own half and fended off Murphy. Greg King arrived in support and took play into the Titans’ 22 only for the move to falter in the corner.

The first half arm wrestle ended when Mose were penalised for not releasing a tackled player and Socino made it 10-3 at the break.

Ryan cut to arrears to four in the 51st minute as Titans shamelessly came into the side of a lineout drive 5m out. Richards could have waved a card. But Socino was to have the final say, though as two late penalties were cruel on Mose.

The Game as it Happened

Rotherham

Min

Score

Moseley

Try Jack Roberts

03

5 - 0

 

Con Juan Pablo Socino

04

7 - 0

 

 

14

7 - 3

Pen Caolan Ryan

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

46

10 - 3

 

Rep Colin Quigley For Mark Tampin (Tactical)

49

10 - 3

 

Rep Ben Sowrey For Tom Cruse (Tactical)

50

10 - 3

 

 

53

10 - 6

Pen Caolan Ryan

Rep Dan White For Charlie Mulchrone (Tactical)

53

10 - 6

 

Rep Alex Rieder For Ed Williamson (Tactical)

61

10 - 6

 

 

62

10 - 6

Rep Oliver Thomas For Caolan Ryan (Tactical)

Rep Josh Thomas-Brown For Barney Maddison (Tactical)

65

10 - 6

 

Rep Toby Williams For Robin Hislop (Tactical)

65

10 - 6

 

 

66

10 - 6

Rep Buster Lawrence For Neil Mason (Tactical)

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

72

13 - 6

 

 

74

13 - 6

Rep William Evans For Rhys Buckley (Tactical)

 

85

13 - 6

Rep Nigel Burrows For Oliver Robinson (Tactical)

 

86

13 - 6

Rep Will Owen For Greg King (Tactical)

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

88

16 - 6