1st XV Match Report V Worcester (h) Sat 25/10/2014 

Match Details

Venue

Billesley Common

Kick Off

3.00pm

Attendance

1,452

Referee

  

Match Report

By David Lawrence  – Birmingham Mail

Moseley showed too much respect

Centre Greg King admitted Moseley showed his former club and Championship neighbours Worcester too much respect in their British & Irish Cup clash.

The visitors had the game wrapped up by the break having bagged four first half tries – three of them coming in a frenetic five minutes just before the interval when the home side had Caolan Ryan in the sin bin.

A fifth score midway through the second half was against the run of play as Moseley looked for a route back into the game.

“We went away from our system, missed a couple of tackles and they’ve gone through,” King said.

“If we had stuck to our systems – and our systems work – then it would have been a different scoreline.

 "We gave them a bit too much respect and that’s what happens – they run away with it.

“There wasn’t a lot to choose early on but a lapse of concentration before half-time and they run in three tries which puts us on the back foot and we then have to start playing just to come back from it.

“We just have to brush ourselves off and move forward, taking the positives out of the game.”

A debut try from Warriors back row Mat Gilbert, converted by Tiff Eden, handed the visitors the advantage midway through the first half but there was still little to choose between the sides even when the Worcester stand-off slotted over a couple of penalties.

The key moment came five minutes before the break when Ryan was sent to the bin and, from the resulting penalty, Eden tapped and ran in unchallenged.

With Mose still reeling, centre Max Stelling and full-back Perry Humphreys crossed, Eden’s conversions handing the visitors a 32-0 lead.

The scoreline was harsh on the home side who pressed for a way back in the second half only to come face-to-face with an impenetrable Warriors defence.

Sloppy handling didn’t help matters and nor did a fifth try from winger James Stephenson following a break upfield, Eden again kicking the extras.

Moseley Director of Rugby Kevin Maggs said: “We wanted to go out and play and throw the ball around but we never got the reward.

“All credit to them as their defence was excellent . There were a lot of inexperienced lads out there for us and at times it looked as though we didn’t know what we were doing.”

Moseley: Foster, Roach, King, Owen, Skelcey, Ryan, Brazier; Warren, Lea, Voisey, Charlton, Powell, Dacres, Siggery, Brightwell. Reps: Hobbs-Awoyemi, Marshall, Thorp, Mason, Woolford, Cheshire, Penn.

Worcester: Humphreys, Stephenson, Stelling, Mills, Hammond, Eden, Bruzulier; Rapava-Ruskin, Sowrey, Daniels, Taylor, O’Shea, Cox, Gilbert, De Carpentier. Reps: Annett, Rees, Faing’anuku, Kerry, De Cothi, Symons, Drauniniu.