1st XV Match Report V London Welsh (Away) Sat 08/01/2011 

 

London Welsh

(24) 48

 

Moseley

(7) 12  

Tries

Herring, Mackey, Tonga'uiha, Sampson 2, Claassens, Ma'asi

 

 

Carter, O Thomas

 

 

Con

Lennard 3, Luveniyali 2

 

 

Styles

 

Pen

Lennard

 

 

 

 

Attend

990

 

 

 

 

Referee

Steve Lea

 

 

 

 

 

London Welsh

 

Moseley

Errie Claassens

15

Anthony Carter

Paul Sampson

14

Nathan Bressington

Hudson Tongauiha

13

Bevon Armitage

Paul Mackey

12

Andy Reay

Liam Gibson

11

Edward Styles

Jamie Lennard

10

Bradley Davies

Robert Lewis

9

Ryan De La Harpe

Shawn Pitman

1

Nathan Williams

Viliami Ma'asi

2

Adam Caves

Lorne Ward

3

Terry Sigley

Daniel Williams

4

David Lyons

Matt Corker

5

Richard Stott

Jonathan Mills

6

Neil Mason

Michael Hills

7

Chevvy Pennycook

Epi Taione

8

Michael Ellery

 

Replacements

 

Robert Herring

16

Craig Voisey

William Johnson

17

George Warner

Benjamin Russell

18

Paul Spivey

Jonathan Fisher

19

Michael Maltman

Nick Runciman

20

Gareth Taylor

James Lewis

21

Andrew Borgen

Wame Lewaravu

22

Oliver Thomas

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

London Welsh

Min

Score

Moseley

Try Paul Sampson

3

5 - 0

 

Con Jamie Lennard

3

7 - 0

 

 

9

7 - 0

Rep Andrew Borgen For Bradley Davies (Injury)

Try Viliami Ma'asi

11

12 - 0

 

Con Jamie Lennard

11

14 - 0

 

Try Paul Mackey

15

19 - 0

 

Con Jamie Lennard

15

21 - 0

 

 

19

21 - 5

Try Anthony Carter

 

19

21 - 7

Con Edward Styles

Pen Jamie Lennard

37

24 - 7

 

Try Errie Claassens

40

29 - 7

 

Miss Con Jamie Lennard

40

29 - 7

 

 

40

29 - 7

Rep Craig Voisey For Terry Sigley (Tactical)

 

44

29 - 7

Yellow Card Edward Styles

Rep Robert Herring For Viliami Ma'asi (Tactical)

45

29 - 7

 

Try Paul Sampson

46

34 - 7

 

Miss Con Jamie Lennard

46

34 - 7

 

Rep Jonathan Fisher For Epi Taione (Tactical)

52

34 - 7

 

Rep Wame Lewaravu For Jamie Lennard (Tactical)

54

34 - 7

 

 

56

34 - 7

Rep Oliver Thomas For Edward Styles (Tactical)

Rep Nick Runciman For Robert Lewis (Tactical)

57

34 - 7

 

Rep James Lewis For Paul Mackey (Tactical)

57

34 - 7

 

Try Hudson Tongauiha

59

39 - 7

 

Con Wame Lewaravu

59

41 - 7

 

Rep Benjamin Russell For Jonathan Mills (Tactical)

60

41 - 7

 

 

60

41 - 7

Rep Michael Maltman For Michael Ellery (Tactical)

Rep William Johnson For Lorne Ward (Tactical)

60

41 - 7

 

 

72

41 - 12

Try Oliver Thomas

 

72

41 - 12

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

Try Robert Herring

75

46 - 12

 

Con Wame Lewaravu

75

48 - 12

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

In rugby, indeed in any sport, the ifs, buts and maybes are the last pieces of driftwood to which the drowning man clings.

 

All too often we hear a vanquished coach or defeated player bemoan the small margins that have denied him and his team a more profitable afternoon. Some people are masters in this field.

Indeed I have known representatives of the Midlands rugby scene who needed no second invitation to resort to misty-eyed wondering about this pass or that referee's decision.


Yet such wailing was entirely absent from the Moseley camp at Old Deer Park on Saturday, at least from Anthony Carter's corner, as the full back tore into his team for its inability to start games at the requisite level.

 

In the last three games Moseley have shipped 66 points in the opening half hour and have effectively ruled themselves out of those matches before they had ruled themselves in.

Carter lambasted Mose's failing and warned them that if they continued to demonstrate such generosity the only way is down. And out.

 

Not for one minute did the canny full back try to obviate matters with 'If only...' or lean on 'But...' as a psychological crutch. And make no mistake he could have done.

 

Given the 36-point gulf between Welsh and Mose it might sound facile to say but had a couple of calls gone their way they might have taken one - even two bonus points out of this match and given their hosts are far harder test.

 

If Chevvy Pennycook's third minute lineout tap had gone straight to Ryan De La Harpe and not a couple of inches in front of him, Paul Sampson would not have scored the first try.

 

If referee Steve Lee didn't penalise Moseley for going off their feet when they had the ball in their own territory- an offence he largely ignored for the rest of the game - Welsh would not have had the position from which to maul the second.

 

And, a quarter of an hour in, if Ryan De La Harpe had cleared a routine scrum in the hosts' half, the Exiles wouldn't have had the ball for Paul Mackey to ghost past Ed Styles. Do those three things and it's 0--0 with a quarter of the game gone.

 

It was the same in attack too. De La Harpe fumbled Bevon Armitage's off-load with the line at his mercy, Nathan Bressington made a hash of Armitage's well timed second half pass with a decent corridor in which a finisher of his class can work and Moseley were turned over in the home 22 on countless occasions.

 

If just two of those things work out Moseley's way they have something tangible to take back to Billesley Common and they would not have been feeling so wretched about themselves.

 

Yet Carter's irritation is born out of the repetitious nature of Moseley's failings. All too often they find themselves on the wrong side of those small margins and they are suffering.

 

Which is why they are second bottom and in very real danger of being relegated, a situation that would make all the ifs, buts and maybes in the world utterly superfluous.

 

The margins might seem small on any given Saturday but the ramifications of failing to master them might last for years.