1st XV Match Report V Worcester (A) Tue 28/12/2010 

 

Worcester 

(24) 45

 

Moseley

(7) 7 

Tries

Horstmann, Benjamin, Garvey, Arscott, A Black 2

 

 

N Williams

 

 

Con

Goode 4, Carlisle 2

 

 

O Thomas

 

Pen

Goode

 

 

 

 

Attend

6,836

 

 

 

 

Referee

Rowan Kitt

 

 

 

 

Touch Judges

Richard Kelly

 

 

Eric Woodmason

 

 

Worcester

 

Moseley

Joe Carlisle

15

Anthony Carter

Marcel Garvey

14

Oliver Thomas

Alex Crockett

13

Bevon Armitage

Rob Higgitt

12

Andrew Borgen

Miles Benjamin

11

Edward Styles

Andy Goode

10

Bradley Davies

Ollie Frost

9

Gareth Taylor

Adam Black

1

Nathan Williams

Aleki Lutui

2

Adam Caves

Oliver Tomaszczyk

3

Sean Knight

Graham Kitchener

4

David Lyons

Craig Gillies

5

Richard Stott

Neil Best

6

Neil Mason

Pat Sanderson

7

Ben Pons

Kai Horstmann

8

Chevvy Pennycook

 

Replacements

 

Chris Fortey

16

Craig Voisey

Bruce Douglas

17

Paul Spivey

Will Bowley

18

Terry Sigley

Adam Balding

19

George Warner

Johnny Arr

20

Michael Maltman

Tom Arscott

21

Ryan De La Harpe

Dale Rasmussen

22

Andy Reay

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Worcester

Min

Score

Moseley

Try Adam Black

04

5 - 0

 

Con Andy Goode

05

7 - 0

 

Pen Andy Goode

08

10 - 0

 

Try Marcel Garvey

09

15 - 0

 

Con Andy Goode

10

17 - 0

 

Try Adam Black

24

22 - 0

 

Con Andy Goode

25

24 - 0

 

 

28

24 - 5

Try Nathan Williams

 

29

24 - 7

Con Oliver Thomas

 

53

24 - 7

Rep Paul Spivey For Richard Stott (Tactical)

 

53

24 - 7

Rep Michael Maltman For Neil Mason (Tactical)

 

62

24 - 7

Rep Ryan De La Harpe For Oliver Thomas (Tactical)

Rep Johnny Arr For Ollie Frost (Tactical)

66

24 - 7

 

Rep Dale Rasmussen For Alex Crockett (Tactical)

66

24 - 7

 

Rep Bruce Douglas For Adam Black (Tactical)

66

24 - 7

 

Rep Chris Fortey For Aleki Lutui (Tactical)

66

24 - 7

 

Try Miles Benjamin

70

29 - 7

 

Con Andy Goode

72

31 - 7

 

 

72

31 - 7

Rep Terry Sigley For Sean Knight (Tactical)

 

72

31 - 7

Rep Craig Voisey For Nathan Williams (Tactical)

Rep Tom Arscott For Andy Goode (Tactical)

72

31 - 7

 

 

72

31 - 7

Rep Mike Maltman For Neil Mason (Tactical)

Rep Will Bowley For Craig Gillies (Tactical)

72

31 - 7

 

Try Tom Arscott

78

36 - 7

 

Con Joe Carlisle

79

38 - 7

 

Try Kai Horstmann

80

43 - 7

 

Con Joe Carlisle

80

45 - 7

 

 

 

Match Report

(From Worcester website. So please excuse home team focus. Moseley did play in this fixture and did contribute to an entertaining and competitive match! - Ed)

 

“Black brace as Warriors enjoy Xmas”

Prop star Adam Black grabbed a try double as Worcester Warriors enjoyed a fantastic Christmas with a bonus point 45-7 victory over local rivals Moseley Rugby at foggy Sixways.

Black had not scored in 36 games for Worcester, but the front row ace made it count on his 37th with a first half double to set up another win for the RFU Championship league leaders.

Speedster Marcel Garvey continued his charge up the try scorer leader board with another effort and it was fellow wing Miles Benjamin who completed the job with a score ten minutes from the end to stop stubborn Moseley resistance.

Worcester flew out of the traps and stormed to an impressive point a minute 24-0 lead as they threatened to run amok in the festive fixture before Moseley regrouped.

Prop Nathan Williams grabbed some reward for Moseley's work-rate as he dived over from close range and the Birmingham club then frustrated Warriors for over 45 minutes.

However, Benjamin, Tom Arscott and Kai Horstmann produced clinical efforts in the final ten minutes to ensure maximum points as Warriors finish 2010 on the front foot and look ahead to the opening game of the New Year against Bristol Rugby on Sunday.

Heavy fog lingered over Sixways at kick off as wing Benjamin neatly took Andy Goode's kick off as Warriors looked to assert early pressure before scrum half Ollie Frost knocked on at the base of the scrum.

Speedster Garvey showed good early intent as he danced past static men before superb hands from Craig Gillies and Kai Horstmann in the tackle freed Benjamin to blast up close. Quick recycling then saw Frost then feed Adam Black who drove over for his first try in Worcester colours that Goode converted.

Stolen lineout ball from Graham Kitchener, a late call-up for the ill Greg Rawlinson, gave Worcester more possession that Rob Higgitt took into contact and Gillies and showed up well in the loose. A penalty for not rolling away gave Goode his second kick of the afternoon and the fly half made no mistake.

Lock giant Gillies was proving a constant menace in midfield as he slipped another tackle and when the ball went wide it was Garvey who hacked ahead then showed brilliant football skills to score the second of the afternoon for on-fire Worcester.

A penalty saw Ollie Thomas kick into the corner to set up Moseley for a first attack of the game before Worcester rattled into tackle to try and repel the visitors. The Midland side kept the ball close to rumble up close on several occasions, before a knock on saw them turn over ball to cheers from the home crowd.

A penalty at the scrum saw Moseley again hit the line in the forwards and when an opening gave skipper Gareth Taylor space he looked to dive over to open the visitors account only to lose control of the ball and knock on, allowing Goode to smash clear.

A high up and under from Frost saw Moseley get caught offside and the resulting catch and drive saw Worcester rumble up to ten metres out before winning the scrum put in as the rolling maul broke up.

A penalty at the scrum saw Goode kick to the corner and this time hooker Lutui rumbled past men before Kai Horstmann was just held up. The pressure was growing and another catch and drive saw the Moseley pack disintegrate and prop Black grab his second of the afternoon.

Shell-shocked Moseley looked to respond and after Goode lost control of the greasy ball they won ball back on the floor and a penalty for coming in at the side saw Thomas again kick to the corner.

The visiting pack again kept the ball tight and this time broke through with big prop Nathan Williams using all his weight to crash past Alex Crockett with Thomas adding the extras to cut the lead to 24-7/

Wing stars Garvey and Benjamin injected excitement into the game as they both handed off men on their wing and made big yards before sliding into touch on the wet field.

Frost showed his range of skills to drill a grubber kick in behind Moseley and when more loose ball was hacked forward by Higgitt the home forwards pounced on Anthony Carter and turned over possession only to try and force one pass to many and hand it back.

A huge hit by Kitchener on Lyons rattled the lock back in his tracks and Pat Sanderson seized on a pop pass only for Oliver Tomaszczyk to be penalised for holding on.

A final play of the half saw Higgitt break away and spin a pass left outside to Benjamin who broke past tackles. The ball was spun wide right by Goode this time and Kitchener improvised with a sublime pass through the legs to Horstmann before the play broke down on the half-time whistle.

Worcester started the second half with a bang as a huge forward surge saw them make 30 metres up the middle of the field in dominant fashion. A catch and drive was set up, but Worcester were immediately penalised by referee Kitt as they hunted the elusive fourth try.

Both teams were coughing up possession as the ball resembled a bar of soap in the second half, with Garvey opting for territory as he collected a looping pass from Sanderson on his wing with men ahead of him.

Goode again popped a kick into the corner but the forwards got loose as they looked to roll it over and again turnover ball left Hill calling for patience from his troops on the sidelines.

Moseley grew visibly stronger by the minute and Shaun Knight found a gap in the Worcester rearguard to break the line and force a lineout close to the home line. However, a crooked throw saw the Warriors claim back crucial ball as the visitors threatened a second try.

A needless penalty, as Goode tackled Brad Davies when he went hunting for the ball, gave Moseley more attacking platforms. Hill looked to inject some late impetus with Chris Fortey, Bruce Douglas, Jonny Arr and Dale Rasmussen all entering the game for the final 15 minutes.

The move worked as, with Arr snipping around the fringes, Fortey and Douglas barrelled down the middle before Horstmann broke away and fed Benjamin who slid over to a huge ovation to seal the extra point. Arscott and Rasmussen burst past tired Moseley bodies before Garvey again broke away and popped a pass to replacement Adam Balding who just failed to hold on.

A frantic final ten minutes saw both sides look to run from deep, but it was Worcester and Arscott who put the seal on the game as he showed great hands to cling onto Benjamin's break and pass before sliding over in injury time. And the final seconds a stray pass from Moseley was picked up by Horstmann who galloped past tackles and cruised over to a huge cheer from a content Sixways.

 

The views of Moseley Supporters (from our Message Board). Thank you.

 

“scoreline flattering to Worcs”

 

This was indeed a flattering score line in the end. The start wasn't good with virtually no possession at all in the first 10 mins and to go 20 odd down in as many minutes did leave a hell of a hill to climb. However a very gutsy and characterful period followed and we shored up the problems and had a score of our own. The rest of the match was really quite competitive and Mose could (and perhaps should) of scored.

 

What didn't help was that Mose had some handling problems; we must have knocked on 10ish times whilst on the attack. Notwithstanding this the link between forwards and backs wasn't firing as well as it can and with the speed of the Wuss defence moving up there was almost a domino effect some of the time and we were repeatedly pushed back.

However that said it was still good to watch, and I agree that performances like this will beat Esher, Bees, Albion etc. Given the relative positions in the table, performances this season, professional players, and money Worcester should have annihilated Moseley but they didn't AND they had to work hard for it. I know we lost but I was really quite proud leaving Sixways today and looking forward to Nottingham next week. -Baz

“Performance good enough to beat many Championship sides”

 

Although the scoreline does not reflect it this was actually, by Championship and Moseley standards, a fine performance. After 15 minutes there was a danger that it could have been a cricket score but we dug in well and came back strongly in the last 20 minutes of the first half and for the first 20 minutes of the second half.

We would have beaten many of the Championship sides on this performance but we need to accept that Worcester are simply in another league in terms of money and players. Their entire bench would possibly get into our starting line up so it was inevitable that we would tire as the game went on.

I thought our scrum was outstanding today and all the forwards were first class both in the tight and loose. Not many chances for the backs to shine as Worcester were superbly organised in defence and any breaks we had mainly came from the offloading forwards. If we perform like this against Nottingham on Saturday then we stand a good chance. - Gary

 

“Quiet Worcs fans tells a different story”

 

Agreed with some of the other posters who were at the game that the scoreline flattered Worcester. The last try they scored was really a gift. That said you cannot afford to give the league leaders (playing at home!) a 17 point lead in the first ten minutes of the game.

I thought our lineout was shaky at the start but like everything else it improved as Mose started to gain some parity in the game. We held Worcester for quite a long period- a fact not lost on the rather restless Worcester fans we were surrounded by in the South Stand!

I thought our forwards had a good game but the backs struggled to break Worcester's solid defence. That said I felt overall despite the scoreline it wasn't a bad effort from Mose. Like another poster couldn't really understand why Olly was substituted by De La Harpe?

Finally IMHO based on this performance I came away thinking that if Worcester are promoted and want to avoid coming straight back down again, then they are going to have to up their game a notch to compete once more in the Premiership. - Donald