1st XV Match Report V Neath (H) Sat 20/08/2016 

 

Attendance: 420                          Referee: Dan Parrott

 

Teams

 

George Grieve

15

Ed Howley

Mark Harrison

14

Alec Jenkins

Alex Grove

13

Gavin Evans

Tim Molenaar

12

Matthew Pearce

Drew Cheshire

11

Aaron Grabham

Elliot Bale

10

Iwan Evans

Dave Brazier

9

Dan Guarneri

Tom Fidler

1

Neil White

Will Crane

2

Sion Crocker

James Elliot

3

Ryan Thomas

George Oram

4

Leon Ward

Aaron Crofts

5

Jon Barley

Tom Wilson

6

Charlie Davies

Jacques Le Roux

8

Calum Davies

Jack Preece

7

Jordan Collier (captain)

Replacements

 

 

Adam Caves

16

Matthew Jeffreys

Matt Probert

17

Aled Morris

Jake Farnsworth

18

Ifan Phillips

James Burgoyne

19

Alun Jones

Greg Charlton

20

Tom Sadler

Harry Hone

21

Rory Morgan-Williams

Joe Collingham

22

Keiran Williams

Jonathan Lea

23

Gareth Morris

James Williams

24

 

Charles Baffour

25

 

Alistair Wealthall

26

 

Ben Silk

27

 

 

 

 

Scorers

 

Tries

Drew Cheshire

 

Penalty Try

Tries

 

Dave Brazier

 

Keiran Williams

 

 

Charles Baffour

 

 

 

 

Mark Harrison

 

 

 

Cons

Elliot Bale (3)

 

Iwan Evans

Cons

 

James Williams

 

Rory Morgan-Williams

 

Pen

Elliot Bale

 

 

 

 

 

Birmingham Moseley off to a flying start with four-try win over Neath

by Paul Smith - Coventry Telegraph

Birmingham Moseley's forward power and a superb display from new back row signings Jacques le Roux and Jack Preece proves too much for Welsh Premiership outfit Neath

Birmingham Moseley got their campaign off to a winning start with a 31-14 friendly triumph over Principality Premiership visitors Neath.

They scored four tries to two, and director of rugby Kevin Maggs will have enjoyed his new side’s strong scrummaging, support play and in particular the contribution of two newly-signed back-rowers Jack Preece and Jacques le Roux.

The opening half, which was dominated by referee Dan Parrott’s chirping whistle, was played almost exclusively in the Neath half.

This had much to do with the strong wind and slope in Birmingham Moseley’s favour, but also a solid scrummaging display and some good support lines.

After declining three kickable penalty chances, new recruit Elliot Bale eventually put the hosts on the board in the tenth minute with an angled 35 metre kick.

Eventually the pressure told and Neath lost prop Ryan Thomas to the sinbin for persistent infringement, and the hosts took full advantage.

First scrum half Dave Brazier released Drew Cheshire into the clubhouse corner, then direct from the restart some superb support lines from Preece and winger Mark Harrison left Brazier with an easy run in.

Bale converted both tries, and he soon also upgraded Moseley’s third, claimed by replacement wing Charles Baffour, which gave the home team a 24-point interval advantage. 

With the support of the elements, Neath bounced back after the break. They forced a string of penalties in the Moseley half, culminating in the award of a penalty try, converted by Iwan Evans, when the hosts attempts to stop a lineout drive were ruled illegal.

Moseley showed good attacking enterprise to release Baffour down the left, but he cut infield and the chance was lost, before full back Tom Grieve was narrowly unable to force his way into the corner.

Both teams made a raft of changes as the match progressed, resulting in Moseley gaining scrum dominance. but they were unable to translate the resulting possession and territory into points.

Neath looked dangerous on the counter, and replacement Kieran Williams knocked on with the line gaping after a superb 70 metre attack.

However he soon made amends on the end of an equally brilliant counter-attack involving two chip-aheads and a fine carry from winger Aaron Grabham.

Rory Morgan-Williams added the extras, but fittingly Moseley had the last word through Harrison, who anticipated well to intercept and gallop 80 metres to the posts for a converted score.