LONDON WELSH: Evans; Strong, Mackey (Williams 58), Jewell, Storey;
Morgan, Nicholls (Chilten 40); Williams, Kwasnicki (Tauialo 58), Gay (George
61), Burke (Corker 40), Thomas ( Marks 80), Martin-Redman (capt.), Pugh,
Everett (Jenkins 56)
MOSELEY: Williams; Winter, Adams, Cox, Norton; Macdonald (Jones,61),
Ireland (capt.); Williams (Buxton 77), Caves (McMillan 40), Bayliss (Sigley
48), Bignell (Uzoigwe 73), Stott, Evans, Atkinson, Lightowler.
SCORERS - Moseley: Tries: Adams, Caves, Winter, Bignell, Cox (2);
Cons: MacDonald (3), Jones (2)
London Welsh: Tries: Strong. Cons: Morgan.
Scintillating start sets up Moseley league best - Birmingham Post
London Welsh 10 Moseley 40
After watching a run of relatively poor
performances the band of die-hard Moseley supporters who made the journey to
Richmond would have been travelling more in hope rather than expectation of
this convincing victory.
After all, Old Deer Park has never been a happy hunting ground for the
Billesley Common club and, with a side missing half a dozen injured players
who might be considered first-choice, connections could be forgiven for
thinking that this was a time to circle the wagons.
That this result came about said much for the collective spirit on view but
also was in no small way aided by a scintillating start to the match in
which the red and blacks racked up 21 unanswered points in the first quarter
of an hour to effectively end the contest.
Moseley kicked off with the wind and the Welsh forwards failed to control
the ball, which was secured with alacrity by the visiting pack. The ball
went swiftly through the hands of the half-backs and, with space at his
disposal, centre Jack Adams was able to shimmy his way over under the posts.
This came within an official 20 seconds of the whistle, which must be close
to some sort of record.
Greg Macdonald, having a rare start at fly half, made the simple conversion
and followed up, doing the honours to two further tries, by hooker Adam
Caves and wing Ollie Winter, both coming from good work by the forwards.
Apart from occasional Welsh attacks, Moseley enjoyed most of the first-half
possession and territory and, with a little more precision, could have
scored at least one more try.
The new combination of James Ireland, who was captaining the side for the
first time, and Greg Macdonald, mixed their plays well and with centres Paul
Cox and Adams getting the early ball they need Moseley were playing more
football since the first weeks of September.
Welsh started the second half as if they had received the proverbial
half-time rocket and Moseley defended sternly until their line was
eventually broken by wing James Strong.
With fly half Gareth Morgan converting this, and then kicking a penalty
awarded when a Moseley forward strayed off-side at a ruck, it seemed that
the contest was far from over.
Within a couple of minutes, though, came a Moseley score out of nothing when
flanker Richie Bignell swerved and side-stepped in from 30 metres for a fine
The last quarter of the contest was noteworthy for the way in which Moseley
defended stoutly. In the dying minutes of the match tenacious Paul Cox was
rewarded with a try on each side of the pitch, both being converted by Matt
Jones who had replaced Macdonald on the hour.
Moseley have a difficult sequence of matches in November and a delighted
head coach Ian Smith praised the way in which his team had achieved their
biggest victory since returning to National One at the start of last year.
He said: "Today we played the sort of running rugby which we work hard at in
training in order to replicate in matches. The lads who have come into the
side have performed well and illustrate that we have more strength in depth
than I think many realise."