1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (Home) Sat 16/04/2011 

Moseley v Plymouth Albion

Saturday 16th April

 

 

 

 

Moseley

(14) 30

 

Plymouth Albion

(15) 25 

Tries

Bressington 2, Voisey, Borgen

 

 

Mercer, Spangle, Hotson

 

Con

Thomas 2

 

 

Davies 2

 

Pen

Thomas 2

 

 

Hallett

 

DG

 

 

 

Davies

 

Attend

1,130

 

 

 

 

Referee

Terry Hall

 

 

 

 

Touch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moseley

 

Plymouth Albion

Anthony Carter

15

Sione Tu'ipulotu

Nathan Bressington

14

Fionn McLoughlin

Bevon Armitage

13

Ben Mercer

Andrew Borgen

12

Keni Fisilau

Christopher Bishay

11

Cameron Mitchell

Oliver Thomas

10

Alex Davies

Gareth Taylor

9

Ruairi Cushion

Craig Voisey

1

George Porter

Adam Caves

2

Gavin O'Meara

Terry Sigley

3

David Morton

Paul Spivey

4

Robin Copeland

Richard Stott

5

Tyler Hotson

Michael Maltman

6

Rory Watts-Jones

Chevvy Pennycook

7

Wayne Sprangle

Ben Maidment

8

Aaron Carpenter

 

Replacements

 

Nathan Williams

16

Tom Kessell

George Warner

17

Kieran Hallett

David Lyons

18

Mark Lee

Michael Ellery

19

Ryan Hopkins

Ryan De La Harpe

20

Rupert Freestone

Michael Gillick

21

James Tripcony

Callum Macburnie

22

Sam Hocking

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Plymouth Albion

 

3

0 - 5

Try Ben Mercer

 

3

0 - 7

Con Alex Davies

Try Andrew Borgen

10

5 - 7

 

Con Oliver Thomas

10

7 - 7

 

 

12

7 - 12

Try Wayne Sprangle

 

12

7 - 12

Miss Con Alex Davies

 

27

7 - 15

DG Alex Davies

Try Nathan Bressington

30

12 - 15

 

Con Oliver Thomas

30

14 - 15

 

Try Craig Voisey

47

19 - 15

 

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

47

19 - 15

 

Rep David Lyons For Richard Stott (Tactical)

48

19 - 15

 

 

50

19 - 20

Try Tyler Hotson

 

50

19 - 22

Con Alex Davies

 

53

19 - 22

Rep Tom Kessell For Fionn McLoughlin (Tactical)

Try Nathan Bressington

57

24 - 22

 

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

57

24 - 22

 

 

59

24 - 22

Rep Kieran Hallett For Alex Davies (Tactical)

Rep Nathan Williams For Terry Sigley (Tactical)

65

24 - 22

 

Rep Ryan De La Harpe For Gareth Taylor (Tactical)

66

24 - 22

 

 

73

24 - 25

Pen Kieran Hallett

Rep Michael Gillick For Christopher Bishay (Tactical)

74

24 - 25

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

75

27 - 25

 

 

78

27 - 25

Rep Sam Hocking For Tyler Hotson (Tactical)

 

78

27 - 25

Rep Rupert Freestone For Gavin O'Meara (Tactical)

Pen Oliver Thomas

80

30 - 25

 

 

 

Match Report

Brian Dick, Birmingham Mail

 

Bathed in spring sunshine, the warm glow of a job well done and a fourth consecutive play-off victory Ian Smith cut a relaxed figure after his final competitive fixture in charge of Moseley.

 

The head coach will remain in post until July 31 but with nothing more than next Saturday's knockabout against Munster A to concern himself, he can now turn his attention to retaining as many players as possible and making sure his successor has a squad capable of maintaining the momentum built up over the last few weeks.

 

Aside from ruefully wondering why his men hadn't been able to find the intensity that has been characteristic of their play-off campaign slightly earlier in the season, Smith reflected on a seven-year reign that has ended in credit.

 

Yes, there have been frustrations, particularly this season when Moseley struggled for consistency and underwent an inexplicable absence for a whole month - their lack of application last October was worrying in the extreme.

 

But set in the wider context of the promotion in 2006, the stupendously good National Trophy win at Twickenham in 2009 and that year's top half finish, Smith has been presided over some of the happiest times in Moseley's recent history.

 

Which is why both club and coach are in a position to look back without rancour: "Has a weight been lifted from my shoulders? There has never been a weight," Smith said.

 

"I have always enjoyed the stress of it. That's why people play and coach at this level. It's very stimulating.

 

"There is a degree of frustration obviously when you are working with a group that can determine how competitive they are going to be on a weekly basis, rather than the group working and being driven from within due to competition.

 

"When you are in this situation there is not a lot more you can do, you have just got to manage as best you can and keep on going forward.

 

"I will look back on this seven years fondly. I have met and worked with some fantastic people. When Don [Caskie] and I started seven years ago it was all about legacy and putting the club in a viable position.

 

"We have worked with many people, unfortunately some of them have fallen by the wayside, they have not made the whole journey but they certainly started it.

 

"This latest group will be the same, they have just got to make sure the club keeps pushing forward and getting better and better."

 

Smith's next task will be agreeing terms with as many first teamers as possible, in the face of what are sure to be tempting offers from elsewhere.

 

And there is good reason to act swiftly because many of the pack that has stepped up its output 20 per cent in the last month have attracted outside interest.

 

And of course the board must find Smith's replacement as soon as possible - if only to allow the new man a say in recruitment and as much time as possible to craft a new game-plan.

 

Where the mercurial talents of Ollie Thomas fit into that is soon to be established. PhotoThe 27-year-old was pressed into action at fly half yesterday, albeit only after Brad Davies withdrew in the warm-up with a hamstring tweak.

 

The Mose midfield was also disrupted by Dai Bishop's late unavailability which saw Andy Borgen step up from the bench to outside centre.

 

It was a credit therefore that both Thomas and Borgen made it on to the score sheet, the South African with a tenth minute try after good work from Anthony Carter, and Thomas with his peerless kicking.

 

His radar wasn't quite as accurate as it had been in the previous three matches but this time it was a case of quality instead of quantity as his two late penalties turned a 25-24 deficit into a well merited victory.

 

Nathan Bressington also popped up for a couple of tries - taking his tally to four in the play-offs - and the splendid Craig Voisey also bludgeoned his way over to ensure Smith's reign ended on the right note.