1st XV Match Report V Ebbw Vale (h) Sun 17/08/2008 

Match Report

Moseley 25 Ebbw Vale 12 Preseason- August 17 2008


The Moseley team which started (and half time replacements) was:

1 Williams (Sigley); 2 Oselton (Caves); 3 Davis (Buxton); 4 Stott; 5 Arnold (Muldowney); 6 Atkinson (Mason); 7 Bignell (Whitney); 8 Rodwell (Evans); 9 Pasqualin; 10 Vasey; 11 Lavery; 12 Reay; 13 Cox; 14 Bressington; 15 Binns

After 45mins Lavery was injured and replaced by Brendan Gray who is a young American over here for experience and who is part of next year’s provisional USA U20 squad. After 60 mins Rodwell came on for Stott.

The other six backs in the Moseley squad who did not play in this game were the dual Moseley/Gloucester registered payers who were engaged in the Middlesex 7's on Saturday.


Time Stat Score Scorer

4 Pen 3-0 Richard Vasey

18 Try 8-0 Paul Arnold

18 Con 10-0 Richard Vasey

22 Try 10-5 Greg Roberts

36 Try 15-5 Paul Cox

Half Time: 15-5

63 Try 20-5 James Rodwell

70 Try 20-10 Will Jones

70 Con 20-12 Dai Langdon

75 Try 25-12 Brendan Gray

Full time 25-12

Moseley 25 Ebbw Vale 12 at Billesley

An entertaining first competitive work out of the pre season gave all the available squad a well earned victory over the Welsh Premiership side, Ebbw Vale by 25-12.

Despite some seemingly over enthusiastic referee’s interpretation of diving into rucks, which constantly interrupted continuity for both sides, Moseley had the greater share of possession and the more numerous passages of play and thoroughly deserved the win.

Coaches Smith and Caskie mixed up the strong, directly Moseley contracted, set of forwards fielding almost completely different packs for the two halves, each including one half of potential first choice starters.

Playing down the slope with the wind in the first half Moseley’s forward dominance was eventually rewarded in the eighteenth minute by a typical pack drive from a line out in front of the clubhouse with Paul Arnold claiming the try. Richard Vasey’s excellent conversion from wide out added the extra points. Ebbw Vale fought back and were rewarded with a try following a superb cross field kick from the flyhalf caught by winger Greg Roberts. Paul Cox then added an opportunist try following some sloppy defending on the Steelmens’ try line.

Despite the complete change in pack personnel, Moseley continued to dominate the majority of possession and put together a number of entertaining phases only to be thwarted by the backs limited cutting edge despite the urgings of Vasey and Reay and the swift passing of debutant 18 year old ex England Schoolboys scrum half Jordi Pasqualin.
Eventually James Rodwell went over in the 63rd minute to reflect Moseley’s superiority only for some poor defending to allow Will Jones to score a well worked try. The scoring was finished off by American wing Brendan Gray after a series of entertaining phases.

All in all this was a good work out. The lack of a cutting edge in the backs should be remedied with the return of our dual registered players Jack Adams, Charlie Sharples and Dan Norton together with Tristan Roberts and Henry Trinder in the backs. The true test will be against Worcester at Six Ways next Saturday.


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