1st XV Match Report V Rotherham Earth Titans (Away) Sat 25/11/2006 

Roth' ham Earth Titans 52 Moseley 3 - November 25th 2006

Moseley: Lennard; O'Leary, Cox, Buckley, Gray (Holder 65); Thomas, Knight; Buxton (Skelding 50), Bick (Lea 33), Bayliss (Coles 40), Hadley, Stott, Lightowler, McIntosh (Warren 17), Evans (Hunter 73).

Rotherham Titans: Burke (Whitehead 63); Tuohy (Bedford 58), Allen, Hennessey (Feeley 52), Claassens; Steenson, Blackwood; Walsh (Sutton 52), Hanna (Conroy 63), Croall, Lund (McComb 63), McGowan, Fourie, Jacobsz, McComish.

Scorers Roth: Fourie (T), Jacobsz (T), Claassens (T), Hennessey (T), McComish (T), Burke (T), Bedford (2T), Steenson (6C)
Scorers Moseley: Thomas (1P).

Referee: Llyr Apgeraint Roberts

Attendance: 1100

The action – as it happened - Moseley in red

4 TRY Hendre Fourie

4 CON Gareth Steenson

7 TRY Stephanus Jocobsz

7 CON Gareth Steenson

9 PEN Oliver Thomas

19 TRY Ernst Claassens

19 CON Gareth Steenson

30 TRY Bernard Hennessy

30 CON Gareth Steenson

36 TRY Michael McCormish

Half time 33-3

49 TRY Brendan Burke

65 TRY Joe Bedford

65 CON Gareth Steenson

72 TRY Joe Bedford

72 CON Gareth Steenson

Thanks to the Sunday Mercury for this report



INJURY-HIT Moseley suffered another heavy defeat, their fifth consecutive loss in National One, when they were thrashed by eight tries to none by promotion candidates Rotherham at Clifton Lane in South Yorkshire.

For the second Saturday in succession struggling Moseley let in 50 points and consequently lost their 11th League game out of 13.

Injuries to the Moseley frontrow trio of Ben Buxton, Dean Bick and Neil Bayliss led to uncontested scrums and the absence of these key players was a massive blow.

While the front row had to go off, Moseley’s pack nevertheless performed better in the second half, winning more ball and territory.

But, frankly, Moseley never looked like recovering from a first-half battering.

In those first 40 minutes they conceded five tries at regular intervals on four, seven, 20, 32, and 42 minutes.

Moseley, trailing 33-3 at half time, couldn’t compete with Rotherham’s powerful pack of forwards who made sure the game, played in thick mud, took place entirely in Moseley’s half.

Rotherham got off to a terrific start and led 14-0 after only seven minutes.

But Moseley, who impressed with their commitment throughout, struck back on nine minutes thanks to a penalty from fly-half Ollie Thomas.

In all honesty, Moseley never looked like adding to Thomas’s points.

Smashed Rotherham’s best try, which smashed Moseley’s defence for the third time, came midway through the first half when two of Rotherham’s South Africans, flanker Gary Jacobsz and winger Errie Claassens, combined to create a devastating score.

Claassens cut inside to score under the posts, a try which stretched Rotherham’s lead to 19-3.

Moseley were in further trouble 12 minutes later when Rotherham’s counter-attack was completed by centre Bernard Hennessey whose try under the posts earned the Yorkshiremen a bonus point.

For the opening ten minutes of the second half it was clear that Moseley had improved.

However, their defence was again ripped apart, this time by Rotherham’s full-back Brendan Burke who touched down for the Titan’s sixth try.

Clearly, Moseley’s forwards were handicapped by the injury blows and therefore only occasionally ventured into Rotherham’s 22.

To add to Moseley’s problems one of Rotherham’s replacements, Joe Bedford, was introduced late in the half and still managed to score two tries on 67 and 75 minutes. SCORERS: Rotherham: Tries: Bedford (2), Fourie, Jacobsz, Claassens, Hennessey, McComish, Burke. Cons: Steenson (6). Moseley: Pen: Thomas.










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