1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (Away) Fri 11/03/2011 

 

 

Plymouth 

(13 ) 37

 

Moseley

(0 ) 17

Tries

Kessell, Hopkins, Carpenter, Mitchell

 

 

Carter, N Mason

 

 

Con

Davies 4

 

 

O Thomas 2

 

Pen

Davies 2

 

 

O Thomas

 

DG

Davies

 

 

 

 

Attend

1,685

 

 

 

 

Referee

Luke Pearce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth

 

Moseley

Sione Tu'ipulotu

15

Anthony Carter

Mark Lee

14

Oliver Thomas

Ben Mercer

13

Bevon Armitage

Keni Fisiau

12

Andy Reay

Cameron Mitchell

11

Edward Styles

Alex Davis

10

Andrew Borgen

Tom Kessell

9

Ryan De La Harpe

George Porter

1

Nathan Williams

Gareth Evans

2

Adam Caves

Ryan Hopkins

3

Terry Sigley

Robin Copeland

4

David Lyons

Tom Skelding

5

Richard Stott

Sean-Michael Stephen

6

Neil Mason

Wayne Sprangle

7

Ben Pons

Aaron Carpenter

8

Chevvy Pennycook

 

Replacements

 

Ruairi Cushion

16

Craig Voisey

Steve Johns

17

George Warner

Rory Watts-Jones

18

Michael Ellery

David Morton

19

Michael Maltman

Gavin O'Meara

20

Gareth Taylor

Tyler Hotson

21

Bradley Davies

Sam Hocking

22

David Bishop

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Plymouth

Min

Score

Moseley

Try Tom Kessell

19

5 - 0

 

Con Alex Davis

19

7 - 0

 

Pen Alex Davis

32

10 - 0

 

DG Alex Davis

38

13 - 0

 

 

42

13 - 3

Pen Oliver Thomas

 

51

13 - 3

Rep Gareth Taylor For Ryan De La Harpe (Tactical)

 

51

13 - 3

Rep Bradley Davies For Andrew Borgen (Tactical)

 

51

13 - 3

Rep Michael Maltman For Ben Pons (Tactical)

Try Aaron Carpenter

52

18 - 3

 

Con Alex Davis

52

20 - 3

 

 

53

20 - 3

Rep David Bishop For Andy Reay (Tactical)

Try Ryan Hopkins

58

25 - 3

 

Con Alex Davis

58

27 - 3

 

 

59

37 - 3

Rep Craig Voisey For Terry Sigley (Tactical)

 

65

27 - 8

Try Neil Mason

 

65

27 - 10

Con Oliver Thomas

Rep Ruairi Cushion For Tom Kessell (Tactical)

69

27 - 10

 

Rep Rory Watts-Jones For Wayne Sprangle (Tactical)

69

27 - 10

 

Yellow Card R Watts-Jones

70

27 - 10

 

 

72

27 - 10

Rep Michael Ellery For Richard Stott (Tactical)

 

75

27 - 15

Try Anthony Carter

 

75

27 - 17

Con Oliver Thomas

Rep Tyler Hotson For Tom Skelding (Tactical)

75

27 - 17

 

Pen Alex Davis

77

30 - 17

 

Try Cameron Mitchell

80

35 - 17

 

Con Alex Davis

80

37 - 17

 

 

 

Match Report

Brian Dick, Birmingham Mail

 

 

 

The early generosity that cost Moseley their place in the British & Irish Cup last weekend, might yet deprive them of their place in the Championship as it reared its ugly head at Brickfields once more.

 

Just as Ian Smith’s men allowed Worcester to stroll into a 50-3 lead at Sixways seven days ago, they let Plymouth settle their early nerves last night by affording them a 27-3 advantage inside the first hour.

 

Then, and only then, did they manage to breach the hosts’ defence with late scores from Neil Mason and Anthony Carter. But in truth they came too late to affect a result that puts them in a deep hole.

 

Albion are already six points clear with only five games remaining.

And Moseley have only themselves to blame. While their effort and commitment cannot be faulted, their tendency to save their best attacking until they are effectively out of the game is becoming an enormous problem.

 

Head coach Smith gambled with his selection with Andy Borgen called in at fly-half in place of former Albion player Brad Davies and Ed Styles coming in on the wing for his first start in three weeks.

 

If the South African’s selection was designed to unleash the Moseley three-quarters it didn’t work at all. Indeed, Borgen lasted just 11 minutes into the second half before he was replaced by Davies.

 

Aside from the individual endeavours of Bevon Armitage, who dragged his side screaming over the gainline whenever he got the ball, Moseley were entirely impotent out wide.

 

The only opportunity they produced in the first half came after 25 minutes when their forwards thundered through midfield and quick ball gave Styles the room to slip outside Sione Tu’ipulotu.

 

Unfortunately for the visitors the Loughborough University student was dragged down just a couple of metres short.

 

Their offensive problems were clear for all to see as having failed to force their over from a five-metre scrum, they spent the next 10 phases crabbing across field before home hooker Gareth Evans turned the ball over.

 

By that time Mose were already 7-0 down after the Red Line parted like the Red Sea defending a lineout through which Tom Kessell sped. Albion fly-half Alex Davies added a conversion, penalty and drop goal for a 13-0 lead at the break.

 

Ollie Thomas kicked his first points seconds after the restart but he also missed two other penalties that would have kept the game competitive. Mason and Carter crossed in the 65th and 73rd minutes respectively but they always had the look of consolations. But they weren’t.

 

Albion bagged further scores through Aaron Carpenter, Ryan Hopkins and Cameron Mitchell to secure an important bonus point.