1st XV Match Report V Aberavon (Away) Tue 23/02/2010 

Match Report

Aberavon 10 Moseley 0 - Feb 23rd 2010

Moseley: Forwards - Nathan WILLIAMS, Dan OSELTON, Rupert HARDEN (Yann THOMAS 50),  Andy HALL, Mark EVANS, Ryan WILSON, Harry ROWLAND, James RODWELL

Backs - Waylon GASSON, Elliott READ (


Scorers: Aberavon: Tries: M Breeze, J Tipuric

Aberavon beat Moseley in British and Irish Cup

Feb 24 2010  Western Mail

AMAZING defence by Aberavon helped them record their second victory in the British and Irish Cup at the Talbot Athletic Ground last night.

A try in either half was enough to give them four points in their group, yet only brilliant tackling held Moseley at bay.

Aberavon led after only three minutes when flanker Marc Breeze crossed in the corner from a pass by scrum-half Dan Davies.

From there until half-time Aberavon held out with splendid defence led by back-row forward Justin Tipuric.

Towards the end of the game fly-half Jamie Murphy was just wide with a drop shot, but then made a brilliant run to send Tipuric over for a try.

Despite having two forwards sin-binned, Aberavon held out and gained a deserved victory.

Report posted by "watcher" -
A hard fought spirited game played in dreadful cold conditions with sleeting rain blowing at 45 degrees from one end to the other. All our players played with full committment throughout and none of them can be criticised for lack of effort.

Surprisingly our first half playing with those elements was not as good as the second when we had the majority of the play which was mostly in the home team's half.

Aberavon were not a bad side and were mid table in this mini B&I Cup league having already beaten Llanelli. However tactically the Aberavon players seemed a bit naive using the elements when they were in their favour. Second half they put relativley few balls into the air for Thirlby at full back to catch in difficult swirling conditions.

We had very much a wholly changed side and considering this unfamiliarity in competitive conditions there was an encouraging cohesion. Our pack only had one regular starter in it - Rupert Harden - and no regular starter (unless you count scrum half Casson)in the backs.

We had a good dominant scrummage, which caused problems at the back for Aberavon No 8. Lineouts OK but Aberavon craftily lined up directly inline with the touch judge each time thereby pushing our line out a couple of feet to the side thereby when our hooker threw the ball in we were often pinged for "not straight".

Still we seemed to have the problem with slow ball leaving little space for our backs to move. Casson service to Elliot Read was erratic and not really helpful to the young fly half making his debut starter. He was not able therefore to show any of undoubted full talent but did not play badly. Casson was however very spirited throughout and continually harrassed his opposite number and was always at the heart of things, sniping and keeping the momentum going.

Bryn Keys seems more at home at inside centre and backs defence generally was very solid. However Bryn did give a couple of penalties for not releasing quickly enough when tackled. Thirlby ran with a bit of commitment. Gillick lively with the few opportunities he had. Simpson Daniel showed a couple of glimpses of talent but we were just not able to finish off some promising moves. Callum didn't really get that many opportunities to shine but seemed to be doing the basics OK.

Nathan, Dan and Rupert in the front row worked hardand were dominant. Mark Evans and Andy Hall were committed in the 2nd row and Hall even only went AWOL from his grafting duties to end up in the backs only a couple of times! Maybe making him captain focussed his mind. Rodders surprisingly seemed a bit naive off the back of the scrum at times. (When the scrum wheels to the left, he still tried to go right instead of left off the base and thereby ran directly into the opposing back row whereas the other way (left) the opposing back row would have been turned. Harry Rowland, Rodders and Ryan Wilson made up the back row. Ryan is young and inexperienced and makes a couple of mistakes occasionally but he is showing great potential.

Aberavon got a soft try to start with and only got the other one deep into the second half after most of the play had been in the home half with Mose pressing for a score. We thought that Mose dominance at this stage would lead to a Mose victory. However we should have taken a penalty and three points (to make it 5-3) but opted for a scrum. In that tight a game, you should take any points on offer.

Aberavon seemed to get the bigger number of turnovers which was a bit of a concern.

Overall considering almost complete wholesale changes against a commited Welsh side, this was not a bad performance and one in which our dominance in certain phases should have brought a victory.


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