1st XV Match Report V Llanelli (Away) Sat 27/02/2010 

Match Report

Llanelli  35 Moseley 21 - Feb 27th 2010

LLANELLI: Ford, Bayliss (Phillips 68), Martin, Keenan (Rey- nolds 75), Howells, S Shingler, Knoyle (James 41); Evans (Dav- ies 61), Lawrence, Thomas, Powell, White, Cooper (A Shingler 58), Cudd (Hawkins 52), Morgan (Eager 41).

MOSELEY: Gillick, Simpson-Daniel, MacBurnie, Reay (Keys 48), Mensah-Coker, Roberts; Williams, Protherough (Oselton 48), Harden, Hall, Evans (Muldowney 61), Mason, Pennycook, Rodwell (Wilson 61). Reps (not used): Caves, Gasson, Read.

Scorers: LLANELLI: tries: Bayliss, Knoyle, Keenan, A Shingler; conversions: S Shingler (3); penalties: S Shingler (2), Ford.
MOSELEY: tries: Roberts, Hall, Oselton: conversions: Roberts (3).


Smith's men pay for poor start at Llanelli.

MOSELEY are still seeking their first win in the British & Irish Cup after losing out in a thrilling contest in Wales.

A dismal first-half display saw them trail 18-0 at the break before some excel- lent work in the second period saw them haul in their hosts only for a late Llanelli try to give a lopsided look to the score- board.

And while he was unhappy with his side's first-half display, head coach Ian Smith thought the game at the impres- sive Parc y Scarlets provided a chance for a number of players to stake their claims ahead of a vital Championship run-in.

"I don't know what Llanelli think but a our own slant on this competi- we have tion," he explained.

"It was worthwhile because it gave a a lot of people some rugby time.

W are looking to build some momen- "We tum with our performances and try some f rent combinations.
diffe "There are some players who have a n't played for quite a while so it was good for them to get a game.

"The actual match, from our point of w was poor in the opening 40 min- view, utes we were tactically poor against a good outfit. W discussed a few things at half-time "We and it took a while for us to start doing the things we needed to do. In the end we scored a few tries not quite enough but it was a good run-out."

Llanelli made the better start and helped themselves to a try inside the opening five minutes.

Winger Ryan Bayliss collected Dale Ford's pass and broke two tackles before w sweeping around beneath the posts to hand Steve Shingler an easy conve n rsion.

Shingler kicked a ninth-minute penalty to add to Llanelli's lead before the impres- a sive Tavis Knoyle, a tenacious scrum- half,f scored an unconven rted try, running in from 25 metres.

Moseley were pinned in their own half for much of the early play but did threat- en on the half-hour when a penalty was kicked to the corner. r Recycling the ball, the visitors tried in vain to find a gap in f the Welsh defence and finally let Llanelli f the hook when they were penalised in off front of the posts.

Powerful winger Justin Mensah-Coker had another chance for the visitors soon after but failed to hold on to Mike Gillick's pass under pressure from opposite number Jason Howells after the Moseley full-break had made the break from near his own line.

For Llanelli, back row powerhouse Ben Morgan thought he had crossed for a third try only to knock on as he was tack- led over the line following a determined break from winger Howells that took him to beneath the posts.

Interval The final play of the half saw Ford slot over a second penalty for the Welsh side, f kick from just inside the Mose- a perfect ley half to open up an 18-0 interval lead.

Llanelli went close again at the start of the second period, replacement Duane Eager being stopped just short of line af- ter an impressive run.

But two minutes later and the visitors were back in the game when, following a break by lock Andy Hall, elusive outsidehalf Tristan Roberts squirmed his way to the line, adding the extras.

Moseley lost a little momentum when Llanelli centre Chris Keenan capped an outstanding display by running in a 50th minute score following a break down the right by Howells.

But Smith must have a been delighted with the spirit his players showed in clawing their way back into contention.

By now the pack were at their best and lock Andy Hall grabbed a served try, be- ing driven over following a catch and drive move on the hour. r And when replacement hooker Dan Ostleton was shoved over on 71 minutes, Roberts kicking each of the conve n rsions, Moseley began to believe they could fi- nally salvage a win from this competi- tion.

With the score at 25-21 going into the final five minutes, the next score was al- ways going to be vital.

But that four-point deficit was as close as Moseley were to get to a first win, Llanelli wrapping up the victory with a Shingler penalty and a conve n rted injury time try from his brother Aaron, on as a back row replacement.

Evening Mail Report
Dan could be the man for Moseley boss

LLANELLI 35 MOSELEY 21 AN IMPRESSIVE second-half display from replacement hooker Dan Oselton in this British & Irish Cup clash could prompt Moseley head coach Ian Smith to shuffle his pack for the final run-in.

The former England Under-18 international came off the bench early in the second period and his tenacious display against an impressive Llanelli side was rewarded with a try nine minutes from time.

And while Moseley fell short of their Welsh hosts, Smith was happy to see some of his squad players in action.

"These games are a good opportunity to give some players a rest while giving others some rugby," he explained.

"These are physical games so players coming in will have a chance to stake their claim for the run-in.

"Some of the players who came on did particularly well the likes of Dan Oselton, Ryan Wilson and Bryn Keys. We are getting a few people competing now and that's good."

Moseley never recovered from a dismal first-half show that saw them go in at the break 18-0 in arrears.

But the second half saw the Billesley Common outfit raise their game to match the impressive surroundings of Parc y Scarlets.

Outside-half Tristan Roberts snaked through for his side's opening try and although this was cancelled out almost immediately, further scores from lock Andy Hall and Oselton all three tries being converted by Roberts edged Moseley to touching distance at 25-21 going into the final minutes.

But a first British & Irish Cup victory was put beyond them when Llanelli slotted over a penalty before running in a converted try in injury time.


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