1st XV Match Report V Exeter (Away) Sat 20/09/2008 

Match Report

Exeter Chiefs 70  Moseley 10 - September 20th 2008

MOSELEY: Lavery; Norton (Trinder 41 mins), Adams (Vasey 54 mins), Reay, Bressington; Roberts, Taylor (capt) (Pasqualin 41 mins); Williams, Oselton, Sigley (Buxton 61 mins); Arnold, Stott (Evans 41 mins); Mason, Whitney, Rodwell(Atkinson 61 mins).

Exeter Chiefs: Marsden; Jess, Rennie(Cornwell 62 mins), Fatialofa, Drauniniu; Steenson, Barrett(Stuart-Smith 49 mins); Parks, Clark(Blythe 49 mins), Andress(Budgen 50 mins); Stevenson(Cracknell 49 mins), Skelding; Johnson(Alan Miller 62 mins), Pugh, Baxter (capt)(Hayes 41 mins).


Exeter Chiefs – Try: Marsden (2), Drauniniu, penalty try, Stevenson, Jess (2), Steenson, Barrett, Fatialofa; Con: Steenson (7); Pen: Steenson (2)                                   
Moseley – Try: Arnold; Con: Vasey; Pen: Roberts.                          

Yellow Cards: Moseley – Arnold (48 mins), Mason (63 mins)
Attendance: 3,724


There were big changes to the team for this game. - As the Birmingham Mail reported on the Friday before the game

"THE pressure will be off Moseley when they travel to Sandy Park ................ it is not one of the games they must win if they are to achieve the goal of a top-eight finish................so Moseley will take the chance to rotate their squad with a first competitive appearance for flanker Adam Whitney..............Dan Oselton will start at hooker with Adam Caves switching to the bench and Ben Buxton starting alongside him in the front row instead of George Davis............Veteran full-back Andy Binns is also rested for the game"

“It’s a game where if we went flat out we feel that we could run them close,” said Moseley’s director of rugby John Beale. “But we might also lose players who would be vital for the rest of the campaign."

On the day top scoring fly-half Vasey joined them on the bench with top try scorer Sharples already ruled out. Thus there were debuts for Whitney and for Dan Lavery, at full back, a first start for Tristan Roberts at fly half, and a third appearance for hooker Dan Oselton.

Mose mauled as Chiefs go on try spree Sunday Mercury

MOSELEY felt the full force of a rampant Exeter Chiefs as they were thrashed at sunny Sandy Park yesterday.

The Midlanders went into the game only one place behind the fourth spot Chiefs in the National League One table, and level on points, but there was a huge gulf in class on the pitch.

The hosts ran in five tries in each half, with backs and forwards linking superbly to cut the Moseley defence to shreds.

However, a 36-3 half time deficit was perhaps a bit harsh on the visitors, whose backs looked dangerous with ball in hand, and they had opportunities in the opening period that they failed to take.

Moseley head coach Ian Smith said: "We have got to match the physicality of teams like Exeter. We knew we would be severely tested, but unfortunately we were extremely below par.

"We deserved everything we got. We won't analyse it too much, but the fact is we weren't in the right mental place, and we will now concentrate on Otley next week.

"The first-up components of our game weren't working correctly and Exeter took full advantage of that. They were what you expect from a full time side and we were under no illusions what was in front of us, but unfortunately we didn't deliver."

Exeter showed just why they are among the favourites for promotion this season as they made the most of virtually every opportunity that came their way in the first half.

Fullback Sean Marsden opened the scoring after only four minutes when he finished off a blindside break, and Fijian winger Josh Drauniniu then grabbed a superb solo score for his fourth try in four games.

A penalty try for repeated infringement followed in the 34th minute, and two injury-time touchdowns put the knife into the Midlanders, with former Ulster lock Lewis Stevenson and Marsden again dotting down.

Fly half Gareth Steenson added a penalty and four conversions, while all Moseley could muster in the opening period was a 36th minute penalty by fly half Tristan Roberts, who also missed two other very kickable efforts.

Whatever the Moseley coaching staff said at half time obviously fell on deaf ears as the Chiefs scored three more tries in 11 minutes after the interval, through debutante winger Matt Jess, Steenson and Barrett, with Steenson improving two of them for a 55-3 lead.

Moseley's cause was not helped by losing forwards Paul Arnold and Neil Mason to the sin bin, but apart from a Steenson penalty, Exeter's points dried up until the final seven minutes, when Jess collected his second try and centre Mark Fatialofa also scored, with Steenson converting one.

However, Moseley deserve credit for the way they kept battling, and they were rewarded in the second minute of injury time, when Arnold forced his way over for a try, converting by replacement Richard Vasey.
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