1st XV Match Report V Birmingham Solihull (Home) Sat 19/03/2011 

 

 

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Moseley

(15 ) 34

 

Birmingham & Solihull

(25) 38

Tries

De La Harpe 2, Bressington 2, Thomas

 

 

Lawson, Davey, Hunt 3

 

 

Con

Thomas 3

 

 

Woodrow 2

 

Pen

Thomas

 

 

Woodrow 3

 

DG

 

 

 

 

 

Attend

1,138

 

 

 

 

Referee

Tim Wigglesworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moseley

 

Birmingham & Solihull

Anthony Carter

15

Tom Foden

Nathan Bressington

14

Simon Hunt

Bevon Armitage

13

Will Lawson

David Bishop

12

Sam Cox

Oliver Thomas

11

Ian Davey

Bradley Davies

10

Mark Woodrow

Ryan De La Harpe

9

Jimmy Williams

Nathan Williams

1

Rob Dugard

Adam Caves

2

Ross McMillan

Terry Sigley

3

Rosario Halavatua

David Lyons

4

Semisi Taulava

Richard Stott

5

Adrian Griffiths

Neil Mason

6

Mark Hopley

Michael Maltman

7

Jack Preece

Chevvy Pennycook

8

Russell Earnshaw

 

Replacements

 

Craig Voisey

16

Matt Long

George Warner

17

Dan Sanderson

Ben Maidment

18

Ngalu Tau

Mark Evans

19

Adam Clayton

Gareth Taylor

20

Ross Noonan

Andy Reay

21

Rod Petty

Andrew Borgen

22

Mitchell Culpin

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Birmingham & Solihull

Try Ryan De La Harpe

1

5 - 0

 

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

1

5 - 0

 

 

4

5 - 3

Pen Mark Woodrow

Pen Oliver Thomas

12

8 - 3

 

 

14

8 - 8

Try Simon Hunt

 

14

8 - 10

Con Mark Woodrow

Try Oliver Thomas

17

13 - 10

 

Con Oliver Thomas

17

15 - 10

 

 

22

15 - 15

Try Ian Davey

 

22

15 - 15

Miss Con Mark Woodrow

 

25

15 - 20

Try Simon Hunt

 

25

15 - 22

Con Mark Woodrow

 

36

15 - 25

Pen Mark Woodrow

 

45

15 - 30

Try Will Lawson

 

45

15 - 30

Miss Con Mark Woodrow

Rep Andy Reay For Bevon Armitage (Injury)

45

15 - 30

 

Rep Craig Voisey For Terry Sigley (Tactical)

47

15 - 30

 

 

48

15 - 30

Rep Rod Petty For Ian Davey (Injury)

Try Ryan De La Harpe

52

20 - 30

 

Con Oliver Thomas

52

22 - 30

 

Rep Ben Maidment For Neil Mason (Injury)

53

22 - 30

 

 

56

22 - 30

Rep Rod Petty For Sam Cox (Injury)

 

56

22 - 30

Rep Ngalu Tau For Rosario Halavatua (Tactical)

 

56

22 - 30

Rep Matt Long For Rob Dugard (Tactical)

Try Nathan Bressington

58

27 - 30

 

Con Oliver Thomas

58

29 - 30

 

 

58

29 - 33

Pen Mark Woodrow

Try Nathan Bressington

71

34 - 33

 

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

71

34 - 33

 

 

78

34 - 38

Try Simon Hunt

 

78

34 - 38

Miss Con Mark Woodrow

 

 

Match Report

Brian Dick, Birmingham Mail

 

PhotoFor the second year running Moseley will have to scrape themselves from the depths of despair if they are to avoid relegation to the community game.

 

They are capable of doing just that and it cannot easily be claimed that this last-minute defeat – courtesy of yet another Simon Hunt try – is any more terminal than the one they suffered at the same stage in 2010 when Tristan Roberts missed a penalty at the death to hand Rotherham the win.

 

Whether this team is as good as last season’s vintage and if they possess the ability to turn it around is a debate that will be had at the end of the play-off programme.

 

As for Bees there remain as many holes in their performance levels as ever. Last week they were on the wrong side of the result, this week they were on the right side. The reason? The opposition, perhaps.

 

“I don’t think we were necessarily the better team,” victorious director of rugby Russell Earnshaw admitted. “We made mistakes and they punished us for them. Same old, same old.

 

“We took more opportunities this week but we still have a lot to work on for next week. If anything I am a bit deflated because we have got a lot to work on.”

 

Starting with defence.

 

It takes some doing to allow Moseley to score five tries – only two teams were that sloppy during the regular season – yet for large parts of this match they looked like a love child of the All Blacks and Harlem Globetrotters.

 

That was because Bees let them and the hosts’ first two scores, Ryan De La Harpe’s 45-metre dash and Ollie Thomas’ jink through what should have been a minefield, will – in the absence of much hair on his scalp Photo– have had Earnshaw pulling his beard out.

 

That process would have been even more painful had Hunt not completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute.

 

At that point Moseley were leading 34-33 thanks to a courageous second half in which Nathan Bressington crossed twice and just about made up for the howler that allowed Bees’ Ian Davey to score in the first half.

 

De La Harpe also bagged two and Will Lawson went over for Bees in what was a thrilling – if low quality – local derby between two groups of players whose commitment cannot be questioned.

 

“Defensively we were a shambles,” Earnshaw admitted.

 

“It’s frustrating, not so much some of the tries they scored at the end – when they had the ball and pressure – it’s what puts them there, us making mistakes far out and we need to stop doing that. But I would rather be sorting that out after a win.”