1st XV Match Report V Blaydon (H) Sat 24/09/2016 

Saturday 24th September 2016 - at Billesley Common

Attendance:        771                   Referee:

Teams

Mike Penn

15

Mike Penn

Mark Harrison

14

Ed Sheldon

Greg King

13

Greg King

Tim Molenaar

12

Tim Molenaar

Drew Cheshire

11

Drew Cheshire

Alex Grove

10

Alex Grove

Dave Brazier

9

Dave Brazier

Tom Fidler

1

Tom Fidler

Adam Caves

2

Adam Caves

James Elliot

3

James Elliot

Greg Charlton

4

George Oram

Andrew Kitchener

5

Sam Pailor

Harry Hone

6

Harry Hone

Jacques Le Roux

8

Chris Brightwell

Jack Preece

7

Jack Preece

Replacements

 

 

James Burgoyne

16

James Burgoyne

Jake Farnworth

17

Will Crane

Aaron Crofts

18

Jacques Le Roux

Sam Brown

19

Sam Brown

Ed Sheldon

20

Mark Harrison


 

Match Report

By David Lawrence - Birmingham Mail

Bug allows Le Roux to put on a man-of-match show

Jacques Le Roux arrived at Billesley Common on Saturday expecting to warm the replacements’ bench.

He left having put in a man-of-the-match display, claiming two of his side’s six tries to help Birmingham Moseley make it four wins out of four.

But the 32-year-old Portuguese international said he was only looking after the No.8 shirt while skipper Chris Brightwell recovers from a sickness bug that forced him to miss the game 

The former Coventry back row, who lined up at flanker for Moseley’s opening two National One matches, said: “I arrived at the game thinking I was going to be on the bench and then found out that Chris was ill. They were big shoes to fill – Chris is a great player – so I knew I really had to step up to the plate.

“He is also a great leader and great presence on the field, the whole team just follows when he plays, so I’m grateful I did him proud. I’ve just looked after the shirt for him, keeping it warm until he comes back.”

Playing into the trademark Billesley Common gale in the first half, the Red and Blacks struggled and it was basement boys Blaydon who went in at the break with a 13-3 advantage, thanks to a drop goal, penalty and converted Dan Marshall try. Moseley’s points came from a solitary Dave Brazier penalty.

But it all changed in the second half as Mose swept their North East visitors away with some excellent rugby.

Le Roux and fellow back row Harry Hone led the way with two tries apiece, with centres Greg King and Tim Molenaar also getting in on the act. Mike Penn added four conversions.

There could have been more such was the home side’s second-half domination – and all without their talismanic leader.

Le Roux added: “We started against the wind and it was ridiculous, we really struggled to get forward but fair play to the boys because we all stuck in there.

“We made a few mistakes, which Blaydon did really well to turn into points, but we always knew that playing with the wind in the second half we would come back.

“Everything clicked in the second half with the passes going to hand – in the first half we lost them to the wind.”