1st XV Match Report V Ampthill (A) Sat 01/10/2016 

Saturday 1st October 2016 - at Ampthill

Attendance:        472?                  Referee: Philip Davies

Teams

Karim Lynch

15

Mike Penn

Pete Weightman

14

Drew Cheshire

Sam Hanks

13

Greg King

Will Goodge

12

Alex Grove

Sam Baker

11

Mark Harrison

Stef Jones

10

Elliot Bale

Kevin Barret

9

Sam Brown

Matt Beesley

1

Tom Fidler

Viliami Ma'asi

2

Adam Caves

Aleki Lutui

3

James Elliot

Paino Hehea

4

Greg Charlton

Ben Gulliver

5

Aaron Crofts

Robert Bell

6

Harry Hone

Maama Molitika

8

Jacques Le Roux

Joe Bercis

7

Jack Preece

Replacements

 

 

James Fish

16

James Burgoyne

Matt Collins

17

Will Crane

Loti Molitika

18

Chris Brightwell

Michael Wilson

19

George Grieve

Joseph Tarrant

20

Ed Sheldon

 

The game as it happened

 

 

03

0-3

Pen Elliot Bale

Try Weightman

08

5-3

 

Con Stef Jones

09

7-3

 

Try Maama Molitika

20

12-3

 

Con Stef Jones

21

14-3

 

 

33

14-8

Try Mark Harrison

Rep Fish for Ma’asi

40

14-8

 

 

48

14-8

Rep Chris Brightwell for Greg Charlton

 

53

14-8

Rep Will Crane for Adam Caves

Rep Collins for Lutui

55

14-8

 

Try Paino Hehea

56

19-8

 

 

60

19-8

Rep Ed Sheldon for Sam Brown

Rep Wilson for Calder

62

19-8

 

YCRobert Bell

64

19-8

 

YCMaama Molitika

66

19-8

 

Rep Molitika for Weightman

68

19-8

 

Rep Weightman for Hehea

76

19-8

 

Rep Tarrant for Hanks

79

19-8

 

 

79

19-8

Rep George Greve for Elliot Bale

 

79

19-8

Rep James Burgoyne for Tom Fidler

Try Stef Jones

79

24-8

 

Con Stef Jones

80

26-8

 

RC Maama Molitika

80

26-8

 

 

 

Match Report

By Paul Smith - Birmingham Mail

Maggs critical as Mose defeated by tough hill

Birmingham Moseley’s four-match unbeaten start to the National One season came to a  crashing halt in the rolling Bedfordshire countryside, as Ampthill claimed a comprehensive win.

The home side have climbed rapidly through the leagues, going up five levels in ten years. They have built an impressive squad containing five Tongans, plus some seasoned campaigners, including ex-Coventry lock Ben Gulliver, and in former Newport Gwent Dragons fly-half Stef Jones they had the game’s most influential figure.

However, Moseley only had themselves to blame for a defeat which stemmed from their inability to convert territory and possession into points or to win enough of the collisions.

Their disappointing display was summed up by their failure to score during a final quarter when Ampthill were reduced to 13 players through yellow cards for flanker Rob Bell and No.8 Maama Molitika, who also subsequently received a last-minute red for a high, swinging arm tackle.

Director of rugby Kevin Maggs said his team’s performance belied their preparation, which could not have gone better.

“After having the best week’s training of the season so far, ending with an outstanding session on Thursday night, we got to Ampthill and couldn’t string five phases together,” he said.

“We know everyone is going to want a piece of us as we’ve come down from the Championship, and fair play to Ampthill who looked hungrier than us.”

Perhaps Moseley’s only consolation was a brilliant 70-metre counter-attack try five minutes before the interval, conjured up by Mike Penn and Alex Grove, and finished off by the speedy Mark Harrison.

But by then they had already twice left the defensive door open for their hosts, and Ampthill skipper Molitika, plus winger Pete Weightman, after a 50-metre Jones break, needed no second invitation to scoot through it.

Things were no better after the break, when another of the South Sea island enclave, Paino Hehea, was left with the simplest of touchdowns when the visitors threw a defensive lineout straight into his waiting hands.

To cap things off, Moseley attempted to chip into non-existent space from behind their own line, only to present Jones with a gift-wrapped bonus-point try in the dying minutes.

After singling out flanker Jack Preece’s outstanding display for fulsome praise, Maggs was critical of a number of his players, who he felt lacked accuracy and in some cases the required level of intensity.

“I’m disappointed with some of our players who at times were walking around,” he said. “We missed lots of chances but we never hung on to the ball for long enough, then we committed suicide at the end.

“We had enough possession to be in the game but poor decisions and poor execution cost us, on top of which the work rate from a few lads was nowhere near good enough.’’