1st XV Match Report V Bedford Blues (Away) Sat 26/02/2011 

 

 

Bedford

(7) 28

 

Moseley

(10) 15

Tries

Walsh, Penalty, Pritchard, Schmidt

 

 

Mason, Maidment

 

Con

Pritchard 4

 

 

Borgen

 

Pen

 

 

 

Borgen

 

DG

 

 

 

 

 

Attend

1,908

 

 

 

 

Referee

T Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Bedford

 

Moseley

Edd Thrower

15

Anthony Carter

Johannes Schmidt

14

Nathan Bressington

Tom Bedford

13

Bevon Armitage

Ian Vass

12

David Bishop

James Pritchard

11

Christopher Bishay

Myles Dorrian

10

Andrew Borgen

Will Chudley

9

Ryan De La Harpe

Sam Walsh

1

Craig Voisey

Dan Richmond

2

George Warner

Dan Seal

3

Terry Sigley

Michael Howard

4

David Lyons

Alex Rae

5

Richard Stott

Gregor Gillanders

6

Neil Mason

Benjamin Lewitt

7

Ben Pons

Paul Tupai

8

Ben Maidment

 

Replacements

 

Joe Clark

16

Nathan Williams

Robin Boot

17

Adam Caves

Sean Tomes

18

Mark Evans

Chris Goodman

19

Michael Maltman

Darryl Veenendaal

20

Gareth Taylor

Jake Sharp

21

Bradley Davies

Joshua Bassett

22

Joe Munro

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Bedford

Min

Score

Moseley

 

19

0 - 5

Try Neil Mason

 

19

0 - 7

Con Andrew Borgen

Penalty Try

38

5 - 7

 

Con James Pritchard

38

7 - 7

 

 

40

7 - 10

Pen Andrew Borgen

Try Sam Walsh

42

12 - 10

 

Con James Pritchard

42

14 - 10

 

 

46

14 - 10

Rep Mark Evans For Richard Stott (Tactical)

 

49

14 - 15

Try Ben Maidment

 

49

14 - 15

Miss Con Andrew Borgen

Rep Joshua Bassett For Edd Thrower (Tactical)

52

14 - 15

 

 

53

14 - 15

Rep Bradley Davies For Andrew Borgen (Tactical)

 

53

14 - 15

Rep Joe Munro For David Bishop (Tactical)

Rep Chris Goodman For Benjamin Lewitt (Tactical)

55

14 - 15

 

Try Johannes Schmidt

58

19 - 15

 

Con James Pritchard

58

21 - 15

 

Rep Robin Boot For Dan Seal (Tactical)

58

21 - 15

 

 

58

21 - 15

Rep Michael Maltman For Ben Pons (Tactical)

Rep Darryl Veenendaal For Will Chudley (Tactical)

58

21 - 15

 

Rep Joe Clark For Dan Richmond (Tactical)

63

21 - 15

 

Rep Jake Sharp For Myles Dorrian (Tactical)

63

21 - 15

 

Try James Pritchard

65

26 - 15

 

Con James Pritchard

65

28 - 15

 

 

67

28 - 15

Rep Nathan Williams For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

Rep Sean Tomes For Michael Howard (Tactical)

67

28 - 15

 

 

 

 

Match Report

Feb 27 2011 by Brian Dick, Sunday Mercury

 

Moseley skipper Neil Mason insists he is pleased his team have booked a cup quarter-final with Championship powerhouse Worcester Warriors. The experienced back-rower will be part of the Red and Black outfit that next Saturday travels to Sixways in last eight of the British & Irish Cup.

 

Defeat at Goldington Road yesterday, their first of a good Pool C campaign, meant they missed out on the opportunity of a home tie. But given the fact they could have ended up playing at Cornish Pirates or even Leinster things have worked out reasonably well for the Billesley Common outfit.

 

And despite succumbing to Bedford’s second half onslaught, Mason believes Mose can make the short journey down the M5 in good spirits.

 

“Short of winning today and having a home game it’s probably the second best outcome,” the blindside said. “For the club as a whole it’s great, they will get some gate money, so financially to get Worcester away is good.

 

“We didn’t come here today to lose - we came to win and get a home fixture. “But it’s very important that we haven’t got a long away trip. “We’ve come second in our group and we have now got to go 20 minutes down the motorway which if we have to be away - is ideal.

 

“We will go out to win that game but the key thing is we have a performance. “If we perform in that game as we have done today, we will have some momentum to take into the playoffs.”

 

Which is what Moseley’s whole season is about. Mose begin their fight against relegation at Plymouth a week on Friday. To have had to go to Penzance just five days before that would have been nightmare preparation. Instead they can now make plans for storming Fortress Sixways, where Worcester have lost only once all season, without worrying about making a long journey.

 

However, the risk of injuries before they play Albion will be high and some think Mose would have been better off not having qualified and having a free Saturday. Not Mason:

 

“We have got a squad now with no injuries – I can’t think of a single one in the squad – so there is no reason for us to have a week off. Momentum is key going into the play-offs as Bees showed last year.”

 

The early momentum at Goldington Road was with Moseley as they used the slope and wind to pin Blues back into their own half. However, they came away slightly short-changed and could only build a 10-7 interval lead.

 

It was Mason who grabbed their first score midway through the period. Ben Maidment, Ryan De La Harpe and David Bishop thundered from an attacking scrum and from a ruck beneath the Blues’ crossbar Mason ducked under Alex Rae’s swinging arm to plunge over. Andy Borgen slotted the extras and Moseley were 7-0 up.

 

However, they wasted several attacking opportunities with a misfiring set-piece and when Richard Stott was yellow carded for pulling down a maul it was always like they would rue that.

 

And so it was a minute before the break when Mose conceded two penalties at 5m scrums which was enough for ref Terry Hall to award the home team a penalty try. James Pritchard converted. But Bedford infringed from the resulting kick off and Borgen rounded off the half with a well-struck penalty.

 

Blues were always going to get their say after the turnaround though and it was just two minutes before Sam Walsh rode a maul over the line. Pritchard made it 14-10. But Mose struck back in the 49th minute when De La Harpe scampered over halfway and released Anthony Carter and Nathan Bressington.

 

The wing was tackled short of the line but he laid the ball back for Ben Maidment to dribble over for his third try in just his second game. However, Blues regained and kept the initiative as they upped the pace and sprung Handre Schmidt and Pritchard for the scores that sent Moseley to Pool A winners Worcester.