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