1st XV Match Report V Worcester Warriors (a) Sat 23/08/2008 

Match Report

Worcester Warriors 73 Moseley 7 - Preseason August 23rd 2008

1 Nathan Williams (Ben Buxton); 2 Adam Caves (Dan Oselton); 3 George Davis (Terry Sigley); 4 Richard Stott; 5 Paul Arnold (Ally Muldowney); 6 Oliver Atkinson (Neil Mason); 7 Richie Bignell (Adam Whitney); 8 James Rodwell (Mark Evans); 9 Jordi Pasqualin (Gareth Taylor); 10 Richard Vasey; 11 Henry Trinder (Dan Lavery); 12 Andy Reay; 13 Jack Adams (Paul Cox); 14 Nathan Bressington (Tristan Roberts); 15 Andy Binns

1 Matt Mullan (Black/Morris),2 Aleki Lutui (Fortey), 3 Tevita Taumoepeau (Horsman/Ruwers), 4 Will Bowley (Rawlinson/Gillies), 5 Craig Gillies (Bowley), 6 Tom Wood (Cox), 7 Pat Sanderson (Collins), 8 Netani Talei (Horstmann), 9 Matt Powell (Arr), 10 Matthew Jones (Carlisle), 11 Miles Benjamin (Fellows), 12 Dale Rasmussen (King 40/Jones), 13 Sam Tuitupou (Grove/Benjamin), 14 Marcel Garvey (Gear), 15 Chris Pennell (Crichton)

Timings & Scorers:

Time Stat Score Scorer

07 Try 5-0 Talei
11 Try/Conv 12-0 Sanderson/Jones
14 Try/Conv 19-0 Tuitupou/Jones
25 Try/Conv 26-0 Talei/Jones
27 Try 31-0 Rasmussen
30 Try/Conv 38-0 Garvey/Jones
36 Try/Conv 45-0 Pennell/Jones

Half time 45-0

49 Try/Conv 52-0 Cox/Carlisle
55 Try/Conv 59-0 Gear/Carlisle
61 Try/Conv 59-7 Trinder/Vasey
67 Try/Conv 66-7 Jones/Carlisle
73 Try/Conv 73-7 Benjamin/Carlisle

Full time 73-7

Match report from The Birmingham Post

Just a week before the start of the new National One campaign and Moseley were trounced by a Warriors side crammed with talent.

And while next week’s league opponents London Welsh may not be able to call on such world stars as Rico Gear and Greg Rawlinson, coach Ian Smith will be hoping that his side’s confidence did not take too much of a bashing after conceding 11 tries.

The game was a celebration for Worcester’s front row stalwart Tony Windo, now part of the coaching staff at Sixways.

But any sentiment ahead of the game was put to one side as the Guinness Premiership side romped to a 45-0 interval lead, bagging their first try after seven minutes when Fijian back row Netani Talei pounding through.

To add to Moseley’s misery it was old boy Matthew Jones who was at the centre of much of Worcester’s best work, his impressive home debut making him an instant favourite with the Sixways crowd.

The replacement for Shane Drahm immediately won over his new fans with his free-flowing display and a try in the second half that was a just reward for his sterling work.

Warriors skipper Pat Sanderson, Sam Tuitupou, Dale Rasmussen, Marcel Garvey and Chris Pennell added their names to the scoresheet before half-time as Moseley were punished for some sloppy handling.

Matt Cox added an eighth early in the second period before New Zealand wing marvel Rico Gear claimed the pick of the tries when he skipped his way past half the Moseley side on his way to the line.

The visitors did score a fine effort of their own when youngster Henry Trinder exposed a rare gap in the Worcester defence to dive over, Richard Vasey adding the extras.

But it was Mike Ruddock’s side who had the final say with late tries from star man Jones and winger Miles Benjamin.

Director’s Cut

“We were taught some valuable lessons in how to play with pace and intensity by a very strong Worcester Warriors side last Saturday. Very unhappy with many aspects of our performance, we will be working to put these right before the start of the League programme this weekend against London Welsh. Despite our loss however, we came through the game with few injuries. It must also be remembered that we were playing against a full-strength Premiership line-up for the first time, and I know that Mike Ruddock is expecting his side to do well this year. Compared to the Northampton Saints side who beat us by a similar margin at the start of last season at Franklins Gardens the Worcester side looked very much stronger.”
John Beale, Director of Rugby

Birmingham Post


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