1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (Home) Sat 18/11/2006 

Match Report

Moseley 0 Doncaster Knights 22 - November 18th 2006

MOSELEY: Binns; Oduoza, O’Leary (Holder, 76), Buckley, Lennard; Thomas, Knight (Hunter, 58); Coles (Buxton, 70), Caves (Bick, 70), Buxton (Bayliss, 40), Arnold (Stott, 63), Skelding (Daniell, 76), Evans, McIntosh (Lightowler, 70), Rodwell.
PLYMOUTH: Neethling (Saumi, 76); Arscott, Van Eyk, Fisilau (Cruickshanks, 71), Sestaret; Barnes, Lewsey (Newman, 80); Rice, Oxley (Owen, 71), Zimmerman (Mathias, 70), Stewart, Gulliver, Genoud (Stroud, 74), Thomas (Lowrie, 74), Hayes.

Referee: M Wilson (RFU)

SCORERS: Moseley – try: O’Leary.

Plymouth – tries: Sestaret (2), Hayes, Genoud, Oxley, Arscott, Neethling; conversions: Neethling (6); penalty: Neethling.

The action – as it happened Moseley in red

18 TRY Nicolas Sestaret

18 CON Wihan Neethling

21 PEN Wihan Neethling

31 YC Ben Gulliver

33 YC Edward Barnes

Half time 0-10

44 TRY Tom Hayes

44 CON Wihan Neethling

48 TRY Tom Arscott

48 CON Wihan Neethling

50 TRY Daren O’Leary

58 TRY Nicolas Sestaret

58 CON Wihan Neethling

62 TRY Richard Oxley

69 TRY Tom Arscott

69 CON Wihan Neethling

76 TRY Wihan Neethling

76 CON Wihan Neethling


Second-half slump against table-toppers

Sunday Mercury

A CALAMITOUS second-half performance in which they leaked 40 points saw Moseley slump to their 10th defeat of the season at Billesley Common.

After putting up a promising display in the first period, the hosts completely collapsed and ended up conceding seven tries to a powerful Plymouth Albion outfit who look a good bet for the National One title.

This result put the visitors top of the division, but condemned Moseley to their most disappointing defeat of an increasingly difficult campaign.

It wasn’t that the Birmingham side did not have their chances. They opened the match in positive mood and might have scored the first points but for a series of knock-ons and turnovers.

And for seven minutes either side of the break they had a two-man advantage with former Coventry lock Ben Gulliver and fly half Ed Barnes in the sin bin.

In the end all they could muster was an interception try from Daren O’Leary which came in the 51st minute, when the game was already decided.

Albion set the scoreboard ticking after 18 minutes – with virtually their first attack – when Barnes offloaded for Regardt van Eyk to burst through the middle.

Popped Although Andy Binns put in a good tackle French winger Nicolas Sestaret popped up to hand off Adam Caves and slip over.

Full back Withan Neethling kicked the first of his six conversions and ended up with a personal tally of 20 points.

Four minutes later the South African landed a penalty from 50 metres.

Although Plymouth were reduced to 13 by referee Mark Wilson the hosts could not find a way through.

Their best chance came six minutes before the break when Mose had a close range catch and drive opportunity. This was wasted when their maul was shoved into touch.

Moseley’s now customary third quarter woes continued with the concession of 21 points in the first 20 minutes of the second period.

First Tom Hayes bashed through a flimsy tackle from Mark Evans to score under the sticks, then Federico Genoud fended off Jamie Lennard to dot down in the corner to make it 24-0.

Two minutes later, as the Devonians counterattacked, O’Leary picked off a pass from Van Eyk and raced clear over 30 metres. Unfortunately Thomas missed the extras.

Just before the hour, Sestaret was shunted over from a driven lineout and then Richard Oxley burrowed across after a Hayes burst was repelled.

Luke Arscott broke through Thomas’s attempted tackle with 11 minutes to go then Neethling capitalised on a break by Gulliver.

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