1st XV Match Report V Ampthill (H) Sat 02/09/2017 

Teams

Ben Howard

15

James Pritchard

Mike Penn

14

POeter Weightman

Tim Molenaar

13

Sam Sterling

Will Butler

12

Sam Hanks

Chris Leathem

11

Nigel baker

James Dixon

10

Lawrence Rayner

Rob Lewis

9

Stefanes Liebenberg

Joe Wrafter

1

Toby Trinder

Adam Caves

2

Aleki Lutui

James Tideswell

3

Karl Garside

Andrew Kitchener

4

Paino Hehea

Lewis Bean

5

Joshua Walker

Buster Laurence

6

Sydney Blackmore

Chris Brightwell

8

Billy Johnson

Laurence Cowen

7

Joe Bercis

Replacements

 

 

Tom Fidler

16

Joshua Taylor

Ryan Roach

17

Jack Culverhouse

Jacques Le Roux

18

Simon Pitfield

Sam Brown

19

Gavin Williams

Greg King

20

Karim Lynch

 

The game as it happened

 

Try Ben Howard

07

5-0

 

Con James Dixon

08

7-0

 

 

22

7-3

Pen Laurence Rayner

 

40

7-8

Try Sydney Blackmore

 

41

7-10

Con Laurence Rayner

 

41

7-10

Rep Lynch for Sterling

Rep Sam Brown for Rob Lewis

43

7-10

 

Try Chris Brightwell

45

12-10

 

Con James Dixon

46

14-10

 

 

52

14-10

Rep Taylor for Garside

 

52

14-10

Rep Culverhouse for Trinder

Rep Tom Fidler for James Tideswell

54

14-10

 

Rep Jacques Le Roux for Andrew Kitchener

54

14-10

 

Try Jacques Le Roux

57

19-10

 

Con James Dixon

58

21-10

 

Rep Ryan Roach for Adam Caves

58

21-10

 

Rep Greg King for Tim Molenaar

58

21-10

 

 

61

21-13

Pen Laurence Rayner

 

63

21-13

Rep Pitfield for Johnson

 

75

21-18

Try Samuel Hanks

Rep James Tideswell for Joe Wrafter

76

21-18

 

Rep Rob Lewis for Ben Howard

76

21-18

 

Rep Tim Molenaar for Greg King

80

21-12

 

 

80

21-21

Pen Laurence Rayner

 

Match Report

Mose urged to maintain discipline to avoid paying the penalty

By David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail

New Moseley captain Buster Lawrence admits the players only had themselves to blame for missing out on an opening-day victory visitors Ampthill at over Billesley Common.

Tries from Ben Howard, Chris Brightwell and Jacques Le Roux had given the Red and Blacks an 11-point lead going into the final quarter, only for the powerful Bedfordshire outfit to claw their way back and grab a draw with a last-minute penalty.

That kick, slotted over by Ampthill’s Lawrence Rayner, was one of 15 penalties awarded against Mose, much to the frustration of the skipper.

“The boys are pretty flat but we only have ourselves to blame,” Lawrence said.

“Fair play to Ampthill, they came with a plan and they were good at it. We knew what they were going to do and we haven’t dealt with it which is the most disappointing thing.

“Our discipline was atrocious all through the game, allowing them easy exits and allowing them to go to the driving maul which is their strength.

“We didn’t look after our own ball and we just weren’t good enough in the ruck.

“It seemed whenever we were on top in their half we gave away a penalty or the ball was turned over. There were too many handling errors.”

Early pressure from the Ampthill forwards almost allowed them to power over inside the opening few minutes before a brilliant break from Howard took him 60 metres to the line, side-stepping and out-pacing opposition players along the way. James Dixon kicked the extras.

The visitors hit back though and their slender 10-7 interval lead, thanks to a converted Sydney Blackmore try and Rayner penalty, was just about deserved.

But it was a different tale after the break as Moseley dominated from the restart.

Dixon had already been held up over the line before Brightwell was driven over at the back of a scrum. Replacement Le Roux then strode through following some neat handling and with Dixon kicking the extras, the home side had a 21-10 advantage. But those handling errors and penalties were to prove costly in the latter stages.

Ampthill chipped away at the lead through another Rayner penalty and a converted Sam Hanks try in the corner before Rayner slotted over his last-gasp kick to tie the scores.

Lawrence added: “I know it’s only the first game but we’ve worked hard over pre-season particularly on our skills and discipline but they weren’t up to scratch today.

“We have stuff to work on building up to playing Coventry next weekend.”