1st XV Match Report V Cornish Pirates - (Cup) (Away) Sun 21/01/2007 

Match Report

Cornish Pirates 48 Moseley 0 - January 21st 2007


Scorers - Tries - Wells 2, McAtee 2, Bell, Motusaga 2, Winn

Conversions - Di Bernardo 4

O Thomas; A Coniff, C Holder, P Cox, J Aston; G MacDonald, P Knight (capt); P Coles
A Caves (C Lea 54), N Bayliss (K Moran 54, Bayliss 71); P Arnold, A Hadley (A Lightowler 54)
C Daniell, N Mason (R Bignell 40), M Evans.

Replacements (not used): B Buxton, D Hunter, A Binns.

Yellow Card: Arnold.

A Winnan, R McAtee, D Bell, S Winn (D Roke 58), L Vinnicombe; A Di Bernardo, R Wells
G Anderson (A Paver 54), N Makin (D Dawiduik 54), D Seal (S Heard 71); J Inglis (S Hobson 58)
J Beardshaw; C Cracknell (M Evans 40), I otusaga, T Cowley (capt).

Replacement (not used): G Cattle.

Red Card: Heard.

Referee: R Phillips (RFU)

Match Report

This match report is from The Birmingham Post.

It rained tries for 40 minutes of this EDF Energy National Trophy match — unfortunately, all of them went to a slick home side that fully deserved its place in today’s fifth round draw.

Moseley’s interest in the knockout competition was emphatically ended by six second-half scores and although they might have hoped to leave Cornwall having bagged a few points themselves, in truth they will not mourn the passing of the this competition. On their list of top ten priorities, this match ranked eleventh, Twickenham can wait. Instead, they must take what they can from this shutout and apply them in next Saturday’s crucial National League One encounter with Otley

About the only positive is that no-one was seriously injured. Importantly, Neil Mason tucked another half of rugby under his belt as he comes back from a knee injury. The flanker was off the pitch when the carnage ensued. A decent first-half display, in which the visitors looked to have contained Pirates to just five points, was undermined by a try two minutes into added time.

It was as if that broke any resolve Moseley had and the second period was something to be endured, rather than an opportunity to counter anything their hosts produced. That is not to say Moseley were without their chances early on. In the ninth minute, they were in catch-and-drive territory, only for Mark Evans to break off the maul and lose possession in contact.

In the 23rd minute, they latched on to a loose ball that had sailed too long at a Pirates’ lineout, but when they were within two metres, they were stripped of possession. Five minutes after that, they won a penalty but instead of kicking for the corner, Ollie Thomas’ punt went dead.

Not that any of it would have affected the result; if the outcome was not clear when the teams were drawn together, it certainly was five minutes into the game when Mose were pinned back in their 22 following Mason’s high tackle. Pirates’ blindside Chris Cracknell slipped a challenge as he looked for an opening down the sideline. That allowed him to release Iva Motasuga and scrum half Rhodri Wells.

With a simple two-on-one, the openside drew the defender and gave Wells an easy score. Alberto Di Bernard o missed the conversion, however. The expected onslaught never came. Moseley battled well, forced their hosts back into their own territory and really should have either narrowed or completely erased the deficit. They were punished with three minutes to go before the break when Paul Arnold was sinbinned for pulling down a driven maul.

A man light in the pack, they survived for five minutes but a scrum ten metres from their line was always going to be difficult. Moseley had actually competed well in this department, nicking one against the head on the quarter-hour, but the compliment was returned when the home pack shunted their opponents off the ball. Mason tried valiantly to save possession but, in a flash, it was swept wide for Stephen Winn to feed Rhodri McAtee. The former Worcester man shrugged off Adam Conniff’s interference to touch down in the corner. This time, Di Bernard o made no mistake for 12-0.

Moseley might have had the final word in the period when Winn was guilty of not releasing, affording Thomas a kick at goal from halfway. The fly half sliced his effort and the score remained unchanged. Not for long. Seconds after the restart, of which Moseley never took control, the Cornishmen powered a maul 20 metres over the line. Duncan Bell was awarded the final touch. With Arnold still in the can, the Birmingham side were pushed off their own ball once more and Motusaga touched down.

Three minutes after that, the openside tore through the defence and created the platform for Grant Anderson to offload to Winn. The outside centre was able to walk the metre to the line. Motusaga scampered free to score again on the hour and when Di Bernard o converted Wells’ second try, it took the score to 41-0.

Moseley were handed a numerical advantage with ten minutes to go when Sam Heard — seconds after coming on — was shown a red card for his part in a mass brawl. Even then, it was Pirates who rounded off the scoring. Adryan Winnan cut loose and McAtee was on hand to double his tally and bring his side’s to within two of the half-century. Birmingham Post, Monday 22nd January

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