1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (Away) Sat 31/03/2007 

Match Report

Plymouth Albion 48 Moseley 0  - March 31st 2007


Plymouth Albion: Saumi; Arscott, Van Eyk, Fisilau (Cruickshanks 63), Sestaret; Barnes (Vaenuku 67), Lewsey (Newman 74); Evans, Owen (Oxley 63), Zimmerman (Williams 57), Gulliver, Hayes, Genoud (Lewis 52), Stroud, Lowrie (Smith 71).

Moseley: Thomas; Bressington (Winter 52), Binns, A Reay, O’Leary; Hayes, Hunter (Knight 67); Buxton (Caves 80), Caves (Bick 71), Moran (Coles 52), Arnold (Skelding 61), Stott, Mason (Lightowler 67), Bignell, Rodwell.

French flier Nic leaves Mose sick

Sunday Mercury

PLYMOUTH 48 MOSELEY 0 MOSELEY are staring relegation from National One in the face after being heavily beaten by a rampant Plymouth Albion at a wind swept Brickfields.

The only consolation for Moseley was that relegation rivals Otley were well beaten at Pertemps Bees.

Moseley will be glad to see the back of Plymouth Albion who beat them 50-5 earlier in the season.

Star of the show for Albion was flying French winger Nic Sestaret who set two club records in the game.

Sestaret’s five tries were the most in a league match for Albion and his current total of 26 touchdowns is another club record.

Moseley will be very disappointed, particularly as many of Albion’s tries came from unforced errors.

Moseley also picked up a number of injuries which won’t help their cause in their final three matches of the season.

Props Ben Buxton and Kevin Moran both departed with injuries, making them doubtful for next weekend’s game against Nottingham.

Moseley started the game brightly and forced Albion deep into their 22 but a dropped pass was seized upon by centre Regardt Van Eyk who put Sestaret clear for a 70m sprint.

Van Eyk converted and then kicked a penalty which put Albion 10 points clear in as many minutes.

Created Albion’s second try midway through the half was created by fly half Ed Barnes and finished off by Sestaret with Van Eyk adding the extras. The third unconverted home try was scored by hooker James Owen who finished off a rolling maul.

On the half hour Moseley were awarded a penalty in front of the posts but declined the simple kick at goal.

In search of a try Moseley opted for a scrum but the chance was lost with a knock on near the Albion try line.

Shortly before the interval, Sestaret completed his hat trick finishing off a Barnes break which gave Albion the bonus point. Van Eyk converted for a 29-0 interval lead. Moseley then matched Albion for 20 minutes after the break but were unable to turn pressure into points.

Albion refused to buckle and finished off the game in style by scoring three tries in the final 15 minutes. Another dropped Moseley pass gave Sestaret chance to pick up the loose ball and sprint for his fourth try.

On 73 minutes Moseley offered another gift when a handling mistake was gathered by Arran Cruickshanks who outpaced the defence. Van Eyk converted.

Sestaret completed a day he will remember and one Moseley will want to forget when he was put clear on the overlap and scored his fifth. Van Eyk concluded the scoring with the conversion. SCORERS: Plymouth Albion – tries: Sestaret (5), Cruickshanks; conversions: Van Eyk (5); penalty: Van Eyk.

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