1st XV Match Report V Coventry (A) Sat 09/09/2017 

Referee: Jamie Leahy                         Gate: 2,100

 

Teams

James Stokes

15

Ben Howard

Alex Grove

14

Mike Penn

Heath Stevens

13

Tim Molenaar

Sam Tuitupou

12

Callum MacBurnie

Robert Knox

11

Sam Pointon

Will Maisey

10

James Dixon

Dave Brazier

9

Rob Lewis

James Litchfield

1

Joe Wrafter

Phil Nilsen

2

Adam Caves

Philip Boulton

3

James Tideswell

Nile Dacres

4

Buster Lawrence

George Oram

5

Lewis Bean

Latu Makaafi

6

Jacques Le Roux

Luke Narraway

8

Chris Brightwell

Jack Preece

7

Laurence Cowen

Replacements

 

 

Scott Tolmie

16

Jay Tyack

Andy Brown

17

Ryan Roach

Brett Daynes

18

Huw Taylor

Peter White

19

Sam Brown

Ben Palmer

20

Sam Hollingsworth

 

The game as it happened

 

 

09

0-3

Pen James Dixon

Try Latu Makaafi

13

5-3

 

Try Nile Dacres

19

10-3

 

Con Will Maisey

20

12-3

 

 

29

12-6

Pen James Dixon

Rep Andy Brown for Phil Boulton

29

12-6

 

Try James Stokes

32

17-6

 

Con Will Maisey

33

19-6

 

 

36

19-6

Rep Huw Taylor for Lewis Bean

 

40

24-6

Rep Lewis Bean for Jacques Le Roux

Try Dave Brazier

40

24-6

 

Con Will Maisey

41

24-6

 

 

41

24-6

Rep Jay Tyack for James Tideswell

Try Alex Grove

44

29-6

 

Con Will Maisey

45

31-6

 

 

49

31-6

Rep Sam Hollingsworth for James Dixon

Rep Scott Tolmie for Phil Nilson

51

31-6

 

Rep Brett Daynes for Latu Makaafi

51

31-6

 

 

55

31-6

Rep Ryan Roach for Adam Caves

Rep Phil Boulton for James Litchfield

56

31-6

 

Rep Peter White for Dave Brazier

61

31-6

 

Rep Ben Palmer for Sam Tuitupou

61

31-6

 

 

62

31-6

Rep Sam Brown for Rob Lewis

Try James Stokes

62

36-6

 

 

68

36-6

Rep Jacques Le Roux for Lewis Bean

 

68

36-6

Rep James Dixon for Ben Howard

Rep Phil Nilsen for Luke Narraway

70

36-6

 

 

70

36-6

Rep James Tideswell for Joe Wrafter

Try Scott Tolmie

74

41-6

 

Con Will Maisey

75

43-6

 

Rep James Litchfield for Andy Brown

 

 

 

Try Ben Palmer

79

48-6

 

Con Will Maisey

80

50-6

 

YC Ben Palmer

80

50-6

 

 

80

50-11

Try Ryan Roach

 

Match Report

It’s Park strife as Mose suffer bad day at office

By Paul Smith – Birmingham Mail

Eight tries, headlined by a James Stokes brace and four from former Moseley players, saw Coventry to an emphatic 50-11 derby day win over Birmingham Moseley.

Richard Protherough’s team claimed a late consolation score from Ryan Roach, but in truth were second best to Rowland Winter’s promotion-chasing hosts in most aspects of the match.

Cov’s win was built on a powerful driving lineout and solid scrum, plus the ability to get ball-carriers Sam Tuitupou, Latu Makaafi and the outstanding Nile Dacres consistently over the gainline.

This enabled their speedy back three to cause plenty of problems, while Dave Brazier also prompted to good effect from scrum half.

This result extends Cov’s winning sequence to ten league games, makes it 15 home wins in 16 starts since Winter took over and enhances their status as title favourites.

Meanwhile Protherough’s reconstructed visitors will console themselves with the thought that their most difficult away trip is out of the way before the end of September, and that last week’s battling home draw against Ampthill had previously shown plenty of promise for the long season ahead.

“It was a bad day at the office, we didn’t play in the right areas,” Moseley’s boss said.

“We’ll look at the video to see where it went wrong, but when you’re chasing the game away from home you’ll always end up behind the eight-ball.

“All credit to Coventry, they played well today but I think we made them look better with some of the things that we did.

“Our defence was better against Ampthill last week, but teams bring different propositions so it’s about making sure that we adapt to that.”

The early stages saw Moseley’s forwards carry strongly while Cov went wide which allowed wingers Alex Grove and Rob Knox to enjoy an early touch of the ball.

The visitors claimed the lead when James Dixon kicked a 50 metre wind-assisted penalty after the home side went off their feet in the tackle.

However, their advantage was short-lived as after Cov twice declined kickable penalties, their forwards shunted flanker Makaafi over from a close-range lineout.

Will Maisey uncharacteristically missed an easy conversion, but soon made amends by creating the opening from which Dacres scrambled over for Cov’s second try, then converting it with a well-struck kick.

Dixon made a neat break only for Moseley to be recalled for crossing, but after Ben Howard made ground down the right Cov failed to release Buster Lawrence in the tackle and the red-and-blacks’ army fly half kicked an easy three-pointer

But just as the visitors seemed to be getting a foothold in the game, Coventry conjured up a third try thanks to a move of real quality. James Stokes applied the finishing touch after Rob Knox made ground down the left then Makaafi’s quick hands set his full-back racing down the other flank to the line.

The hosts had the bonus point in the bank before the interval when another powerful lineout surge took them close to the visitors’ line and allowed former Mose No.9 Brazier to snipe down the narrow side for a try which Maisey upgraded with a fine kick.

This left Moseley facing a 20-point interval deficit, and their uphill task got steeper still when a third former red-and-black star, Alex Grove, finished off a neat counter-attack try created by back three colleagues Stokes and Knox.

The visitors did manage to force a five-metre attacking scrum, but were promptly penalised for collapsing it, then forced back on to the defensive by a strong carry from another former Billesley Common favourite Jack Preece.

Some solid defence from the visitors kept their line intact until early in the final quarter when a set move from a scrum saw centre Heath Stevens send Stokes racing over for his second try of the day from 30 metres.

Replacement Cov hooker Scott Tolmie was denied by the touch judge’s flag when he put a toe in touch on the end of a flowing handling move, but he made no mistake a few minutes later from a well-executed lineout drive.

Maisey’s conversion extended the home lead to 43-6, before replacement full back Ben Palmer cut a great line through some tired defence to claim Cov’s eight try, again upgraded by Maisey, and in the process bring up the half century.

Palmer was promptly yellow carded for killing the ball after Chris Brightwell and Roach combined in Moseley’s best attack of the game.

And the red-and-blacks’ replacement front-rower also had the final word when he touched down a consolation score from the resulting lineout.