1st XV Match Report V London Welsh (Away) Sat 11/12/2010 

 

 

London Welsh

(21) 21

 

Moseley

(5) 24

Tries

Gibson 2, Stevenson

 

 

Stott, Armitage, Styles, De La Harpe

 

Con

Thomas 3

 

 

Styles 2

 

Pen

 

 

 

 

 

Attend

615

 

 

 

 

Referee

Ross Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

London Welsh

 

Moseley

Paul Sampson

15

Anthony Carter

Liam Gibson

14

Nathan Bressington

James Lewis

13

Bevon Armitage

Aled Thomas

12

Andrew Borgen

Josh Drauniniu

11

Edward Styles

Jamie Lennard

10

Bradley Davies

Ben Stevenson

9

Ryan De La Harpe

Shawn Pitman

1

Craig Voisey

Saul Nelson

2

Adam Caves

Lorne Ward

3

Sean Knight

Mike Powell

4

Paul Spivey

Matt Corker

5

Richard Stott

Daniel Williams

6

Michael Maltman

Michael Hills

7

Ben Pons

Jonathan Fisher

8

Chevvy Pennycook

 

Replacements

 

Viliami Ma'asi

16

Nathan Williams

Epi Taione

17

Neil Mason

Martin Purdy

18

Terry Sigley

Michael Holford

19

Mark Evans

Robert Lewis

20

George Warner

Errie Claassens

21

Oliver Thomas

Dominic Shabbo

22

Andy Reay

 

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

London Welsh

Min

Score

Moseley

  • Try Ben Stevenson

4

5 - 0

 

  • Con Aled Thomas

4

7 - 0

 

  • Rep Epi Taione For Michael Hills (Injury)

16

7 - 0

 

  • Try Liam Gibson

25

12 - 0

 

  • Con Aled Thomas

25

14 - 0

 

 

27

14 - 5

  • Try Richard Stott

 

27

14 - 5

  • Miss Con Edward Styles
  • Try Liam Gibson

39

19 - 5

 

  • Con Aled Thomas

39

21 - 5

 

 

40

21 - 5

  • Rep Oliver Thomas For Anthony Carter (Injury)

 

44

21 - 10

  • Try Bevon Armitage

 

44

21 - 12

  • Con Edward Styles

 

51

21 - 12

  • Rep Nathan Williams For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

 

51

21 - 12

  • Rep Mark Evans For Richard Stott (Tactical)

 

51

21 - 12

  • Rep Neil Mason For Michael Maltman (Tactical)

 

51

21 - 12

  • Rep Andy Reay For Bradley Davies (Tactical)
  • Rep Robert Lewis For Liam Gibson (Tactical)

54

21 - 12

 

  • Rep Viliami Ma'asi For Saul Nelson (Tactical)

54

21 - 12

 

  • Rep Martin Purdy For Matt Corker (Tactical)

54

21 - 12

 

  • Rep Dominic Shabbo For James Lewis (Tactical)

58

21 - 12

 

 

59

21 - 17

  • Try Edward Styles

 

59

21 - 19

  • Con Edward Styles
  • Rep Michael Holford For Lorne Ward (Tactical)

66

21 - 19

 

  • Rep Errie Claassens For Ben Stevenson (Injury)

66

21 - 19

 

 

74

21 - 24

  • Try Ryan De La Harpe

 

 

British & Irish Cup: London Welsh 21 Moseley 24

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

Anyone who doubts rugby is a game played between the ears every bit as much as it is played between four white lines and two sets of sticks should have been at Old Deer Park on Saturday.

 

Here were two sides who had last faced each other two months ago and the outcome could not have been more different. London Welsh rolled up and Billesley Common and over a Moseley team so palsied in every way the 68-22 scoreline flattered them.

How could Moseley have been so bad and still scored three tries?

 

Yet the boot was very much on the other foot in west London, indeed it was the expensively assembled hosts who tackled like new-born mice and retained possession as though their hands had not so much been bandaged as amputated.

 

It was quite remarkable turnaround, after all 30 of the men who played in that first match were present in this second, yet this time the line-breakers were mostly clad in Red and Black and it was the Moseley set-piece who wrought havoc.

 

And while the visitors could not claim to have been perfect defensively, Liam Gibson and Ben Stevenson both found relatively straightforward routes across the Mose line, it was Welsh's midfield that resembled a rusty colander.

 

So what unfathomable reasons can cause such a reversal in fortunes? Basically the fact Moseley were enjoying a release from their Championship siege.

 

Their league campaign has been a tortuous affair and has lurched from one disaster to the next, albeit with a recent upturn in performances.

 

This was the British & Irish Cup, a competition that comes in at No. 101 in Moseley's list of Top Hundred Priorities. For once Ian Smith's players could accept their coach's invitation to play without fear and did just that.

 

If they had lost, it wouldn't have mattered but they dared to win, something they have not been able to do in league competition.

 

It also helped that Smith selected players who were unaffected by the recent malaise. Bevon Armitage continued in his official role as Breath of Fresh Air, while Ryan De La Harpe sparkled and inspired with the oxygen of first team football.

 

Ed Styles seems to have rediscovered some of the élan that made him such a popular recruit in the summer and Andy Borgen, clearly fit after yet another injury blighted season, applied himself superbly at inside centre.

 

In the forwards Chevvy Pennycook and Shaun Knight battered away at the Londoners with great gusto and it was almost as if their opponents were taken by surprise.

 

Because make no mistake, Moseley deserved this victory but the real test will be whether they can recreate such psychological energy when the stakes are higher since no one will thank them for winning the cup and going down.