1st XV Match Report V Neath (Home) Sat 22/01/2011 

 

 

Moseley

(11) 24

 

Neath

(13) 18  

Tries

Carter, Munro, Mason

 

 

Davies, Bramwell

 

 

Con

 

 

 

J Thomas

 

Pen

O Thomas 3

 

 

J Thomas 2

 

Attend

526

 

 

 

 

Referee

Richard Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

Moseley

 

Neath

Anthony Carter

15

Gareth King

Christopher Bishay

14

Kevin James

Bevon Armitage

13

Stephen Thomas

Joe Munro

12

Aaron Bramwell

Oliver Thomas

11

Alec Jenkins

Andrew Borgen

10

James Thomas

Gareth Taylor

9

Thomas James

Nathan Williams

1

Nicky Downs

Adam Caves

2

Andy Littlehales

Sean Knight

3

Ross Davies

Michael Ellery

4

Evros Evans

Neil Mason

5

Peter Sidoli

Michael Maltman

6

Gareth Gravell

Ben Pons

7

Ejike Uzoigwe

Chevvy Pennycook

8

Lee Evans

 

Replacements

 

George Warner

16

Anthony Lott

Richard Protherough

17

Gerwyn Price

Craig Voisey

18

Mike Collins

Ryan De La Harpe

19

Adam Powell

Edward Styles

20

Adam Whitney

Andy Reay

21

Gareth McCarthy

Nathan Bressington

22

Chris Morgans

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Neath

 

3

0 - 3

Pen James Thomas

 

8

0 - 6

Pen James Thomas

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

9

3 - 6

 

Yellow Card Neil Mason

11

3 - 6

 

 

14

3 - 11

Try Ross Davies

 

14

3 - 13

Con James Thomas

Try Joe Munro

35

8 - 13

 

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

35

8 - 13

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

40

11 - 13

 

 

40

11 - 13

Yellow Card Evros Evans

Rep Andy Reay For Joe Munro (Tactical)

40

11 - 13

 

Rep Ryan De La Harpe For Gareth Taylor (Tactical)

40

11 - 13

 

Try Neil Mason

41

16 - 13

 

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

41

16 - 13

 

 

50

16 - 13

Rep Gareth McCarthy For James Thomas (Tactical)

 

50

16 - 13

Rep Gerwyn Price For Andy Littlehales (Tactical)

Pen Oliver Thomas

54

19 - 13

 

 

55

19 - 13

 

Yellow Card Ejike Uzoigwe

Rep Craig Voisey For Nathan Williams (Tactical)

55

19 - 13

 

Rep Edward Styles For Andrew Borgen (Injury)

59

19 - 13

 

Try Anthony Carter

61

24 - 13

 

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

61

24 - 13

 

 

62

24 - 13

Rep Adam Powell For Lee Evans (Tactical)

 

64

24 - 18

Try Aaron Bramwell

 

64

24 - 18

Miss Con Gareth McCarthy

 

65

24 - 18

Rep Adam Whitney For Ejike Uzoigwe (Tactical)

Rep Nathan Bressington For Anthony Carter (Tactical)

67

24 - 18

 

 

67

24 - 18

 

Rep Mike Collins For Evros Evans (Injury)

 

69

24 - 18

Yellow Card Adam Powell

 

71

24 - 18

Rep Anthony Lott For Ross Davies (Tactical)

 

71

24 - 18

 

Rep Chris Morgans For Thomas James (Tactical)

 

73

24 - 18

Yellow Card Adam Whitney

Red Card Michael Ellery

73

24 - 18

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Sunday Mercury

Ian Smith expressed his surprise at Michael Ellery’s red card as Moseley edged a feisty British & Irish Cup encounter.


The young No. 8 was sent off for an alleged head butt with seven minutes remaining and will now have to face an RFU disciplinary and a probable ban.


But head coach Smith had a clear view of the incident and admits he was shocked that the former Newcastle trainee was dismissed.


“It was right next to me and all I thought was there were people wrestling and wouldn’t let go of each other,” Smith said.


“I didn’t see anything untoward. I was very, very surprised it was a red card – or even a yellow card.


“Nobody I asked saw a head butt. Everyone said ‘What was it for?’


“Even Ellery said ‘What was it for?’ and I was stood right next to him.”


The melee was a fitting end to what was a scrappy match that also saw five yellow cards dished out, four to the Welsh side.


That effectively negated anything good Neath built as their 13-3 lead went up in yellow smoke.
The visitors enjoyed the ascendancy in the first quarter and built up a ten-point advantage as Moseley haemorrhaged penalties.


That situation was not helped when Gareth Taylor’s fourth-minute box kick went out on the full which gifted Neath an attacking opportunity.


Aaron Bramwell used that to smash through Ollie Thomas and charge to within a couple metres of the line.


The retreating defence failed to roll away and James Thomas stepped up for his first three points.


Four minutes later, it was 6-0 when Ben Pons disrupted scrum half Thomas James in clearing a scrum.


However, in their anxiety to win turn over ball the home forwards piled over the top and James Thomas stroked over his second goal.


The indiscipline was not only Moseley’s, though. Neath were penalised for crossing from the resultant kick off and Ollie Thomas halved the deficit.


Referee Richard Kelly finally lost patience in the 12th minute when Neil Mason, playing in the second row, was yellow carded for hands in a few metres from his own line.


And after a sequence of close range scrums the Welshmen set up a maul that saw Ross Davies plough through for the opening try.


Thomas converted and the visitors had a ten-point advantage.


At that point Ian Smith’s side started to come back into proceedings and the penalty count was soon evened-up only for Ollie Thomas to fail to capitalise. His normally reliable boot was errant twice in a minute near the midway point as Moseley’s red zone problems continued.


But they were handed the lucky break they needed five minutes before the break as Joe Munro charged down James Thomas.


The ball broke loose and the young inside centre marked just his second Red and Black appearance by diving for his first score. Then with the last play of the half, Ollie Thomas finally found his range – in front of the posts – as Neath came in at the side.


The two-point deficit was turned over almost straight after the restart after a break by Andy Borgen resulted in Neil Mason thundering over from close in.


A quarter of an hour later Ollie Thomas added a penalty for 19-13 and Mose made the game safe on the hour.


There were howls of protest from the travelling supporters when Mose were awarded a penalty inside their own half.


Ryan De La Harpe took a quick tap, made 30m through two tackles and then threw a forward pass to Anthony Carter.


The full back coasted the rest of the distance and the Billesley Boys had bagged 21 unanswered points.


The final word went to Neath, though, as Bramwell finished off a counter attack by barging through Andy Reay.


Gareth McCarthy missed the extras but the afternoon and Ellery’s fate – had long since been settled as Mose secured their third cup win from three matches.