1st XV Match Report V Birmingham Solihull (Home) Sat 29/01/2011 

 

 

 

Moseley

(7) 42

 

Birmingham & Solihull

(13) 16

Tries

Davis, Bishay 2, Pons, Reay

 

 

Wright

 

 

Con

Thomas 4

 

 

Woodrow

 

Pen

Thomas 2

 

 

Woodrow 2

 

DG

Thomas

 

 

 

 

Attend

1,308

 

 

 

 

Referee

Dean Richards

 

 

 

 

 

Moseley

 

Birmingham & Solihull

Anthony Carter

15

Ollie Winter

Christopher Bishay

14

Ollie Grove

Bevon Armitage

13

Sam Cox

Andy Reay

12

Rod Petty

Oliver Thomas

11

Ian Davey

Bradley Davies

10

Mark Woodrow

Daniel Robson

9

Jimmy Williams

Nathan Williams

1

Rob Dugard

Adam Caves

2

Ross McMillan

Terry Sigley

3

Rosario Halavatua

David Lyons

4

Danny Wright

Paul Spivey

5

Adrian Griffiths

Neil Mason

6

Rob Connolly

Ben Pons

7

Mike Denbee

Chevvy Pennycook

8

Ross Noonan

 

Replacements

 

Craig Voisey

16

Semisi Taulava

Richard Protherough

17

Joe Reid

Michael Ellery

18

Jack Bentall

Michael Maltman

19

Adam Clayton

Ryan De La Harpe

20

Ngalu Tau

Edward Styles

21

Jack Preece

Joe Munro

22

Mitchell Culpin

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Birmingham & Solihull

 

5

0 - 3

Pen Mark Woodrow

Try Bradley Davies

11

5 - 3

 

Con Oliver Thomas

11

7 - 3

 

 

18

7 - 6

Pen Mark Woodrow

 

28

7 - 11

Try Danny Wright

 

28

7 - 13

Con Mark Woodrow

Pen Oliver Thomas

41

10 - 13

 

 

44

10 - 16

Pen Mark Woodrow

Try Ben Pons

52

15 - 16

 

Con Oliver Thomas

52

17 - 16

 

 

52

17 - 16

Rep Jack Bentall For Jimmy Williams (Injury)

 

52

17 - 16

Rep Semisi Taulava For Adrian Griffiths (Tactical)

Try Andy Reay

55

22 - 16

 

Con Oliver Thomas

55

24 - 16

 

Rep Craig Voisey For Terry Sigley (Tactical)

56

24 - 16

 

 

57

24 - 16

Rep Jack Preece For Ross McMillan (Tactical)

 

58

24 - 16

Rep Ngalu Tau For Rob Dugard (Tactical)

Pen Oliver Thomas

62

27 - 16

 

Try Christopher Bishay

67

32 - 16

 

Con Oliver Thomas

67

34 - 16

 

Rep Michael Maltman For Neil Mason (Tactical)

67

34 - 16

 

 

67

34 - 16

Rep Adam Clayton For Mike Denbee (Tactical)

 

67

34 - 16

Rep Mitchell Culpin For Ollie Winter (Tactical)

 

70

34 - 16

Rep Joe Reid For Rosario Halavatua (Tactical)

DG Oliver Thomas

76

37 - 16

 

Rep Richard Protherough For Adam Caves (Injury)

76

37 - 16

 

Try Christopher Bishay

77

42 - 16

 

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

77

42 - 16

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

Given the fact these neighbours have spent most of the last year locked cheek by jowl at the bottom of the Championship table, it seemed logical this match would be as closely contested as their struggle for regional supremacy.

 

 Separated by just one league point going into their sixth meeting in 14 months and stalled on the same number of wins, the perceived wisdom was that the outcome would be decided by a yellow card here or penalty there.

 

Yet, as it worked out, Moseley’s margin of victory was greater than in the previous five derbies combined, as a rivalry that is normally so tight was blown apart by the hosts’ run of 32 unanswered second-half points.

 

And the only obvious explanation for that was the paucity of Bees’ display after the interval.  Where the sight of a red and black shirt usually provokes Russell Earnshaw’s men to reach within for every last ounce of effort, on Saturday they were cowed by Moseley’s positivity.

 

In last season’s play-offs, Bees preyed on Moseley’s fears and punished their errors with ruthless efficiency but the roles were reversed completely here.

 

Moseley plundered five tries – for the first time this season – and by the end it was them and not the previously expansive Silhillians who were launching deliciously executed counter-attacks.

 

How the worm had turned. And nothing underlined that more than Moseley’s response to Ollie Thomas’ drop goal from inside his own half. Instead of closing the game down Ian Smith’s side collected the resultant kick-off, rampaged down the left wing and created the space on the right for Brad Davies to punt cross-field to Chris Bishay.

 

It was both breathtakingly clinical and remarkable. Remarkable for the fact the only time ‘Moseley’ and ‘clinical’ are ever linked in the same sentence is with the word ‘depression’.

By that time, though, the game was already safe.

 

Bishay had already appeared on the opposite wing to bag a first try for his new club. And Andy Reay and the quickly improving Ben Pons had taken advantage of some flimsy tackling to build on Davies’ first- half try.

 

Make no mistake, if Bees’ malaise was evident anywhere, it was in the quality, or lack of it, of their tackling. Their midfield crumbled like stale sponge cake and allowed Davies the freedom of their 22.

 

It was only the hosts’ characteristic failings in the opposition red zone during the first half that prevented this from becoming an even bigger beating. But as Bees wilted, Moseley were fortified and they monopolised all the momentum going into the regular season denouement.