1st XV Match Report V Esher (A) Sat 22/04/2017 

Attendance: 761                          Referee:    Luis Caviglia      

Teams

Lloyd Davies

15

Mike Penn

Thomas James

14

Charles Baffour

Stephen Boatman

13

Drew Cheshire

James Lang

12

Alex Grove

Spencer Sutherland

11

Ed Sheldon

Paul Roberts

10

James Williams

Andrew Garner

9

Sam Brown

Karl Furey

1

Tom Fidler

Callum O’Connell

2

Will Crane

Cameron Zeiss

3

James Elliot

Oliver Marriott

4

Harry Hone

Liam Edwards

5

Aaron Crofts

Cameron Gentles

6

Jacques Le Roux

Hugo Seccombe

8

Chris Brightwell

Archie White

7

Jack Preece

Replacements

 

 

Devlin Hope

16

James Burgoyne

Cameron Leigh

17

Jake Farnworth

Christopher Halaufia

18

Tom Wilson

Joseph Beckett

19

Dave Brazier

Calum Waters

20

George Grieve

 

The game as it happened

 

Pen Lang

07

3-0

 

 

10

3-3

Pen James Williams

 

14

3-8

Try Jacques Le Roux

 

15

3-10

Con James Williams

Try Sutherland

20

8-10

 

Con Lang

21

10-10

 

Try Sutherland

24

15-10

 

Try Lang

32

20-10

 

Con Lang

33

22-10

 

Rep Beckett for James

34

22-10

 

Rep Waters for Garner

40

22-10

 

 

44

22-15

Try Tom Fidler

 

45

22-17

Con James Williams

YC Gentles

45

22-17

 

 

45

22-17

Rep George Grieve for Charles Baffour

Rep Garner for Sutherland

51

22-17

 

Rep Hope for O’Connell

53

22-17

 

Rep Halaufia for Seccombe

53

22-17

 

 

53

22-17

Rep Dave Brazier for Mike Penn

 

61

22-17

Rep Jake Farnworth for Will Crane

 

61

22-17

Rep Tom Wilson for Harry Hone

Rep Leigh for Zeiss

69

22-17

 

Pen Lang

69

25-17

 

 

71

25-17

YC Jack Preece

Pen Lang

73

28-17

 

 

74

28-17

Rep James Burgoyne for Tom Fidler

Try Beckett

74

33-17

 

Con Lang

75

35-17

 

Rep Seccombe for Garner

76

35-17

 

Rep O’Connell for Roberts

76

35-17

 

YC O’Connell

78

35-17

 

 

79

35-22

Try Alex Grove

 

80

35-24

Con James Williams

 

Match Report

Preece admits defeat was a big eye-opener

By David Lawrence –Birmingham Mail

 

Jack Preece is confident his Moseley team-mates will raise their game for the season’s finale at home to Fylde on Saturday.

The former England Counties and England Sevens regular admitted the defeat to Esher was an eye-opener with the Red and Blacks paying the price for a below-par display.

Preece, who has featured in the front row and at centre this season, was back to his terrier-like best at openside flanker, but the visitors struggled to come to terms with a dusty, bone-hard pitch that left its mark on a number of players, with full-back Mike Penn injuring his back and winger Charles Baffour taken to hospital for an X-ray on an ankle injury.

In contrast, the home side seemed to relish the hard ground with their backs running in four tries.

“I don’t think the week off did us any favours as there were too many dropped balls and we didn’t get through the phases,” Preece admitted. “When we did get going, we scored some good tries.

“It was a poor effort from the boys and hopefully a lesson learnt going into next week because we don’t want to finish the season on two losses.”

Preece is one of a number of players leaving Billesley Common in the summer, but he denied there was any lack of effort shown by those heading to pastures new.

“As a team we want to win every game and finish as high as we can,” he added. “The effort’s there in every game and in training and all the boys play for each other – you wouldn’t know who was going or staying.

“The skill level wasn’t up to the required standard but it’s been an eye-opener. There won’t be anyone out there next week who isn’t ready to put the full effort into winning the final game – we owe it to each other, the supporters and the club.”

After an early exchange of penalties, it was fellow back-row Jacques Le Roux who crossed for the opening try as Moseley opened up a 10-3 advantage.

But Esher hit back through their pacy backs with Spencer Sutherland running in a brace and James Lang adding a third as the hosts went in with a 22-10 lead at the break.

Yellow cards and injuries turned the second half into a stop-start affair, but the Surrey side made sure of victory thanks to a well-worked try from replacement Joe Beckett, while Moseley’s second-half tries from prop Tom Fidler and centre Alex Grove failed to make an impression on the outcome.