1st XV Match Report V London Welsh (h) Sat 19/09/2015 

Attendance: 966                                          Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Teams

Charlie Foley

15

Martyn Thomas

Drew Cheshire

14

Josh Drauniniu

Greg King

13

Guy Armitage

Aaron Pinches

12

James Lewis

Kyle Evans

11

Chris Elder

Glyn Hughes

10

Olly Barkley

Dave Brazier

9

Ryan Glynn

Tom Fidler

1

Darryl Marfo

Scott Tolmie

2

Koree Britton

Craig Voisey

3

Ben Cooper

Sam Raven

4

Ben West

Greg Charlton

5

Brendon Snyman

Aaron Flagg

6

Will Skuse

Chris Brightwell

8

Keiran Murphy

Joe Bercis

7

Ryan Hodson

Replacements

 

 

Tom Warren

16

Harry Allen

Jack Lea

17

Nathan Trevett

Simon Gardiner

18

Jack Gilding

Harry Hone

19

Matt Corker

Harry Casson

20

Dan Leo

Sam Brown

21

Robert Lewis

Tim Molenaar

22

Joe Carlisle

 

The game as it happened

 

 

18

0 – 3

Pen Olly Barkley

 

26

0 – 8

Try Ben West

 

27

0 – 10

Con Olly Barkley

Pen Glyn Hughes

30

3 – 10

 

Pen Glyn Hughes

40

6 – 10

 

Rep Sam Brown for Dave Brazier

51

6 - 10

 

Rep Tim Molenaar for Greg King

51

6 - 10

 

 

55

6 – 15

Try Koree Britton

 

56

6 – 17

Con Olly Barkley

 

56

6 – 17

Rep Matt Corker for Ben West

 

57

6 – 17

Rep Joe Carlisle for Josh Drauniniu

Rep Harry Casson for Sam Raven

57

6 – 17

 

Rep Tom Warren for Tom Fidler

60

6 – 17

 

 

66

6 – 17

Rep Harry Allen for Koree Britton

 

66

6 – 17

Rep Jack Gilding for Ben Cooper

Rep Simon Gardiner for Craig Voisey

73

6 – 17

 

Rep Harry Hone for Joe Bercis

75

6 – 17

 

 

78

6 – 17

Rep Dan Leo for Brendon Snyman

 

Match Report

Moseley gift-wrap victory for Exiles

 Birmingham Mail

Moseley head coach Kevin Maggs felt his team had gifted Welsh their two tries, the only ones of the game, with poor kicking and tackling.

The frustration was palpable on both sides, London Welsh knew they must do better, Moseley that they can.

On a day which will go down in rugby history as Japan’s courage and ambition were handsomely rewarded, this was a forgettable match between two under-performing teams. There was nothing brave nor blossoming about this game.

For the visitors Rowland Phillips’ claim his side had left ‘so many tries on the park’ was that of a man whose desire to put a positive spin on a modest display obscured the facts.

Similarly his assertion that Welsh were at 95 per cent capacity makes one wonder if last season’s Premiership humiliation has lowered their sights rather too far. Kevin Maggs’s assessment was far more accurate . The Moseley head coach felt his team had gifted Welsh their two tries, the only ones of the game, with poor kicking and tackling.

Even so he noted the Exiles’ promotion ambitions wouldn’t be fulfilled by displays such as these.

Not that his side were much better because both teams verged on the toothless, what the visitors didn’t do was present Moseley with gift-wrapped opportunities.

Mose had to manufacture their own – and when they did they butchered them with turnovers and crumbly set-pieces.

Speaking of which, as always seems to be the case, the shenanigans in the scrum ate into the afternoon.

Like a demanding child monopolising a parent’s attention, the troublesome set-piece not only deprived spectators of precious minutes but the whole match of rhythm.

Had the referee insisted both front rows drove straight it would have been a better spectacle, instead prop forwards continue to dominate the agenda, which short-changes everyone.

So that’s the carping out of the way, it should also be noted a lot of people put a lot of effort into the game, particularly Exiles openside Ryan Hodson and their polished stand-off Olly Barkley.

And the clinical manner in which they put Ben West and Koree Britton over the line made one wonder why they didn’t do it more often.

For Moseley the honest endeavour was obvious from one to 15. The excellence belonged to Chris Brightwell and Arron Pinches, who presented their most likely route to the try-line.

In the end they had to settle for two penalties from the game Glyn Hughes. It will be interesting to see if meaningful contributions from Tim Molenaar and Buster Lawrence can produce more as they return to fitness and form. Both teams could do with a dose of those qualities.