1st XV Match Report V Cambridge (A) Sat 28/01/2017 

Attendance: XXX                         Referee:    Philip Davis                

Teams

Chris Leatherman

15

Ed Sheldon

Albert Portsmouth

14

Drew Cheshire

Matthew Hema

13

Greg King

Oliver Petrides

12

Tim Molenaar

Mike Ayrton

11

Charles Baffour

Dan Lewis

10

James Williams

Stefan Liebenberg

9

Dave Brazier

Dan Seal

1

James Burgoyne

Ean Griffiths

2

Will Crane

David Langley

3

Tom Fidler

Alex Moon

4

George Oram

Gareth Baxter

5

Aaron Crofts

Louis Rawlings

6

Harry Hone

Keifer Laxton

8

Chris Brightwell

Thomas Nutley

7

Jack Preece

Replacements

 

 

Cameron Ruddock

16

Adam Caves

Ricky Reeves

17

Jake Farnworth

Thomas Read

18

Jacques Le Roux

James Ayrton

19

Sam Pailor

George Furbank

20

Alex Grove

 

The game as it happened

 

 

 

 

 

Pen Dan Lewis

01

3-0

 

 

03

3-3

Pen James Williams

 

22

3-8

Try Drew Cheshire

 

23

3-8

Rep Sam Pailor for Harry Hone

Try Alex Moon

29

8-8

 

 

33

8-8

Rep Alex Grove for Tim Molenaar

Rep Ricky Reeves for Dan Seal

34

8-8

 

 

36

8-13

YC James Burgoyne

 

38

8-13

Try Alex Grove

 

42

8-18

Try Chris Brightwell

 

45

8-23

Try Ed Sheldon

 

46

8-25

Con James Williams

 

46

8-30

Try Alex Grove

 

47

8-32

Con James Williams

 

50

13-32

YC Tom Fidler

Try Thomas Nutley

51

13-32

 

Con Dan Lewis

52

15-32

 

Rep Cameron Ruddock for Ean Griffiths

53

15-32

 

 

53

15-32

Rep Jacques Le Roux for George Oram

 

54

15-32

YC Jacques Le Roux

Rep James Ayrton for Oliver Petrides

60

15-32

 

Rep George Furbank for Dan Lewis

62

15-32

 

 

62

15-32

Rep Jake Farnworth for James Burgoyne

Rep Dan Seal for David Langley

69

15-32

 

Try Gareth Furbank

68

20-32

 

 

76

20-37

Try Will Crane

 

77

20-39

Con James Williams

Try Mike Ayrton

78

25-39

 

Try Dan Seal

80

30-39

 

 

Match Report

Jack can tell the tale of being the little big man!

By David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail

He might have toured with England Counties and starred for England Sevens, but it will be a rather different tale Jack Preece tells his children in years to come – the time he played an hour as probably the world’s smallest prop forward!

Injuries and yellow cards meant the openside flanker, all 90kg of him, found himself switched to the front row – first in his original position of hooker and then as prop.

“I really enjoyed it and it meant I could help the team out,” the 27-year-old former Birmingham & Solihull skipper admitted.

“I said I didn’t mind doing it to help out if the props got injured and then they both got yellow-carded and I spent 50 or 60 minutes there. But it was good fun and something I’ll take with me to the end of my career. It’s something I can tell the kids about! I’m struggling a bit now, though.”

With director of rugby Kevin Maggs being shown the door at the end of the season and uncertainty surrounding the future of a number of players, Moseley are going to need more of the bunker mentality shown by Preece as they see out the remainder of the campaign.

They may have bagged the bonus point at Cambridge but much of that was down to the home side’s inability to deal with the jinking runs of full-back Ed Sheldon and the power of replacement centre Alex Grove, who was called into action after Tim Molenaar dislocated his shoulder midway through the first half.

Tries from wing Drew Cheshire and Grove edged the Red and Blacks into a 13-8 interval lead but they also had to contend with three yellow cards with props James Burgoyne, Tom Fidler and back-row Jacques Le Roux all spending time in the bin.

A stunning spell at the start of the second half saw Chris Brightwell, Sheldon and Grove go over in the space of five minutes to open up a 24-point lead with hooker Will Crane claiming a sixth late on.

A late flourish from the home side saw them close the gap and claim their own four-try bonus and Preece admitted it was a far-from-perfect display by the visitors.

“We put a lot of effort in but it needed some excellent displays from Ed Sheldon and Alex Grove, who scored tries out of nothing, to win us the game,’’ he said.

“There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes but we need to put that to one side when we cross the whitewash and start playing for each other.

“It’s good to get five points away, especially on the back of that performance, which was nowhere near our best.”