1st XV Match Report V London Welsh (Home) Sat 30/08/2008
Moseley 9 London Welsh 15 -
August 30th 2008
MOSELEY: Binns; Sharples, Adams (Cox 40), Reay,
Bressington; Vasey, Taylor; Williams (Sigley 66), Caves, Sigley (Davis
51), Arnold (Muldowney 69), Stott, Atkinson (Evans 66), Bignell,
Rodwell. Replacements: Oselton, Pasqualin, Lavery.
London Welsh: Lewis-Pratt; Sampson, Rock, Mackey, Jenkins
(Hopkins 20); Thomas, Walker (Runciman 48); Doran-Jones (Williams 69),
George (Vuli 52), Liffchak, Lewaravu (Corker 76), Powell, Mills (Saul
69), Ball, Brown. Replacements: Marks
SCORERS: Moseley: Pens: Vasey (3)
Welsh: Tries: Vuli, Sampson. Con: Thomas. Pen: Lewis-Pratt.
Referee: Mr Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts (RFU)
Mose pay for errors Sunday Mercury
A pair of dropped clangers cost Moseley
the chance to open their National One campaign with a win at Billesley
Common yesterday, to the benefit of London Welsh.
With ten minutes of the second half gone and having just moved into a
6-3 lead Ian Smith's men shot themselves in the foot when a dangerous
chip from openside Richie Bignell was intercepted by Aaron Liffchak who
rumbled on and put Sunia Koto Vuli over the line for the first try of
Then, with just three minutes to go and having reclaimed a 9-8 advantage
thanks to Richard Vasey's third penalty, wing Nathan Bressington strayed
from his wing and prop Terry Sigley was too slow to a kick to the corner
and Paul Sampson raced up to pick Sigley's pocket and scoot home for the
Fly half Vasey, making his first appearance since his summer move from
Leeds Carnegie, scored all of Moseley's points and his perfect kicking
record was in stark contrast to that of Welsh's Ed Lewis-Pratt who
missed four of his ?ve attempts.
Had the full back not lived up to his name, and with two of his misses
straight in front of the posts, Moseley would have been left even
without the consolation of a loss bonus.
For most of the match they looked like taking much more. The only score
of a tight ?rst half was came from Vasey's boot after eight minutes.
Welsh had trouble with Mose's physical front row all afternoon and it
was a sign of things to come when their hooker Dan George popped out of
the scrum to gift Vasey an easy penalty.
Mose should have grabbed the opening try too when Sigley chased a Gareth
Taylor up and under and smashed Lewis-Pratt as he caught the ball.
That created an outstanding turnover opportunity but Bignell opted to
take into contact instead of spreading wide to the waiting Jack Adams.
The teams traded penalties soon after the restart until Bignell popped
up at first receiver only to try a desperate kick that put his side
instantly under pressure.
The conversion following Vuli's try was missed and Mose were still in
with a chance of victory as two more kicks at goal went awry.
An enterprising break from replacement Paul Cox gave Moseley the
platform to move ahead.
Prop George Davis won a penalty when he took play across halfway which
Vasey turned into three-points from long range.
However, his poor positional kick was returned with interest behind his
team and as Sigley ambled across to cover a gap out wide Sampson seared
past. Aled Thomas's extras made the result safe.
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