1st XV Match Report V Cornish Pirates (Home) Sat 09/12/2006 

Match Report

Moseley 15 Cornish Pirates 42 - December 9th 2006

MOSELEY: O. Thomas, N. Bressington (D. O'Leary 74), A. Binns (capt), N. Buckley, J. Aston, T. Hayes D. Hunter (P. Knight 40), J. Rodwell (M. Evans 54), R. Bignell, A. Lightowler (C. Daniell 54) P. Skelding, A. Hadley (M. Evans 40-51), K. Moran (J. Pearson 79), A. Caves (C. Hall 54), P. Coles. Replacement (not used) - R. Davies.

Yellow Card: N. Buckley

CORNISH PIRATES: Winnan, Moore, Bell, Winn (Beardshaw, 76), Hilton, Di Bernardo (Vinnecomb, 37), Cattle (Wells, 79), Paver (Anderson, 53), Maasi, Seal, Senekal, Inglis, Cracknell, Motusaga, Cowley (Evans, h/t).

Yellow Cards:  Cattle, Winnam

Referee: Mark Wilson (RFU).

Moseley (3) 15 Cornish Pirates (16) 42

Tries: Thomas, Bressington
Con: Thomas
Pen: Thomas

Cornish Pirates

Tries: Winnan 2, Bell, Vinnicombe, Inglis, Cracknell
Con: Moore 3
Pen: Moore, Di Bernardo

Thanks to the Sunday Mercury for this report

Pirates scupper valiant Mose
From HARRY NOBLE at Billesley Common

MOSELEY 15 PIRATES 42 MOSELEY can hold their heads high after this entertaining battle at Billesley Common.

Despite slipping to their seventh successive loss, the hosts competed well against a Pirates side who have genuine Premiership aspirations.

On their first ever visit to Moseley’s home ground, Cornish kicked off with the sun in their eyes and it didn’t start well for the visitors.

An injury to centre Duncan Bell delayed the game for a few minutes before fly half Alberto De Barnardo missed a simple kick for the corner.

But Bell dusted himself down to score the first try of the match after just seven minutes.

DeBarnardo, who missed a conversion, fed Bell who galloped over in the righthand corner.

DeBarnardo slotted away a penalty in front of the post six minutes later but Moseley were not prepared to roll over and die. Fly-half Thomas Hayes, who was signed on Friday, looked sharp on his debut as Moseley pounded Pirates on their line, pressure which eventually caused the visitors’ captain and exPertemps Bee Gavin Castle to enjoy a spell in the sin bin.

Full back Ollie Thomas eventually managed a breakthrough with a 29thminute penalty in front of the posts.

Moseley failed to make the most of their man advantage and Cornish’s second try arrived six minutes before the interval.

Winger James Moore played in full-back Adryan Winnam on the overlap for him to cross.

With DeBarnardo off the field, injured Moore missed the conversion.

Moseley themselves entered the halftime break a man down with Nicholas Buckley in the sin bin for an inappropriate tackle. The full time Pirates’ try-scoring power really shone through in the opening stages of the second half and it took five minutes for the away side to bag their third score.

Moseley winger James Aston, who was returning from injury, had possession wrested off him in the Pirates’ half before Winnam broke and played in replacement fly-half Louis Vinnecomb who sailed under the posts. Moore added the extras.

The try-scoring bonus point arrived for Cornish four minutes later when flanker Chris Cracknell was driven over the line, and Moore converted.

Pirates’ try of the match came after 52 minutes following a 70-metre break.

After Moseley skipper Andy Binns narrowly missed an intervention, centre Steve Winn burst through the middle before gifting Winnam his second unconverted score of the match. A deserved try for Moseley came just before the hour when Binns laid off for winger Nathan Bressington who ignored Hayes on the overlap to go over. Thomas converted.

Winnam was lucky to escape a red card on 66 minutes after he dashed 30 metres to strike replacement scrum-half Paul Knight in the head during what had been a minor tussle – instead referee Mark Wilson settled for a yellow.

But the incident failed to upset the pace of the game and Cornish soon wrapped up their final try of the game on 72 minutes.

Lock James Inglis charged through the middle to cross and Moore converted.

Moseley had the last say with a fine move in the left hand corner which involved replacement winger Daren O’Leary and Buckley before Thomas went over.

Smith finds comfort in seventh loss
Thanks to the Birmingham Post for this report
By Andy Walker at Billesley Common

Nasty November is over for Moseley but does dire December await?

On the evidence of this latest performance at Billesley Common, Ian Smith’s men should be OK when Coventry and Nottingham come knocking over the festive period.

It may have been a seventh successive loss and the fourth consecutive match that Moseley have conceded 30-plus points but the hosts competed well against a highly-rated Cornish outfit.

And if Moseley had bagged a bonus point, either losing or try-scoring, it wouldn’t have been a travesty.

“I was disappointed in certain areas but the performance and the way we conducted ourselves was as important as the result,” said head coach Smith.

“When you think of the spell we are going into now and the spell we’ve just come off against the top six, I thought there were some very positive things.

“We stuck together well and some silly errors at times allowed them some easy points but on the whole I’m quite pleased with the way we conducted ourselves.

“We have to look at what we’ve learnt from this phase. We are changing our game all the time which is good, the boys adapted to it and they’re keen to learn.

We’ve just got to make sure the performances are right in the games now so we get the outcome we deserve, it’s all in our hands.” The hosts were given a first-half boost when Pirates fly-half Alberto Di Bernardo went off injured because the Italian notched up 32 points during Moseley’s visit to Camborne in September.

But Moseley had their own fly-half to boast about in new-signing Thomas Hayes. The ex-Bristol and Worcester man kept the backs well fed and if the recipients had been a bit wiser with some of their decision making when going forward, the hosts could have chalked up more than two tries.

Moseley were also boosted by the return of James Aston and Nathan Bressington to their flanks, the latter even grabbed his side’s first try, which should bode well for 2007.

Pirates scored their first of six tries with seven minutes gone, centre Duncan Bell picked up a Di Bernardo pass to breeze over in the right hand corner. Di Bernardo, who had 188 points to his name going into the game, missed the conversion, yet took his season’s tally 191 with a simple 13th-minute penalty.

The visitors’ captain Gavin Cattle, an exPertemps Bee, was sent to the sin-bin on 27 minutes and full-back Ollie Thomas stroked home the resultant penalty.

Cornish scored another try in the 34th minute. ExCoventry winger James Moore broke with possession and found full-back Adryan Winnan on the overlap for an unconverted score.

Moseley were a man short going into the interval after centre Nicholas Buckley was shown a yellow card for an inappropriate tackle.

With Di Bernardo off the field, Moore finished the first-half proceedings with a penalty just outside the 22.

Cornish’s edge shone at the start of the second-half and more tries soon arrived.

Aston had possession wrestled off him in the 46th minute in his opponent’s half and a swift counterattack involving Winnan and replacement Lewis Vinnecomb saw the latter go over, Moore converted.

Flanker Christopher Cracknell was driven over for a converted try on 49 minutes and three minutes later, another lightning quick break saw Winnan dot down for his second try of the match.

A Moseley try was on the horizon and the deserved score came after 58 minutes when Bressington picked up a pass from captain Andy Binns to slide over to the right of the posts. Thomas converted.

A brief fracas broke out on 66 minutes and Cornish’s centre Steve Winn was lucky to only pick up a yellow card after dashing almost half the length of the field to strike Paul Knight in the head.

The two sides traded tries to finish the encounter, the first coming for Pirates’ James Inglis on 72 minutes and the second coming three minutes later for Moseley’s Thomas.


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