1st XV Match Report V Bristol (Away) Sun 28/11/2010 

 

Bristol

(26) 36

 

Moseley

(11) 25 

Tries

Fatialofa, Marsden, Thompson

 

 

Robson, Pennycook, B Davis

 

Con

Jarvis 3

 

 

Thomas 2

 

Pen

Jarvis 4, Irish

 

 

Thomas 2

 

Attend

3,823

 

 

 

 

Referee

Mathieu Raynal (FFR)

 

 

 

 

Touch Judges

Paul Knowles

 

 

Eric Woodmason

 

 

Bristol

 

Moseley

Sean Marsden

15

Anthony Carter

Jack Tovey

14

Nathan Bressington

Jack Adams

13

Bevon Armitage

Alaifatu (Junior) Fatialofa

12

Andy Reay

Anthony Elliottt

11

Oliver Thomas

Adrian Jarvis

10

Bradley Davies

Richard Bolt

9

Daniel Robson

Makovina Vunipola

1

Nathan Williams

Oliver Hayes

2

Adam Caves

Wayne Thompson

3

Terry Sigley

Mariano Sambucetti

4

David Lyons

Royston Winters

5

Richard Stott

Iain Grieve

6

Michael Maltman

James Merriman

7

Chevvy Pennycook

Daniel Montague

8

Michael Ellery

 

Replacements

 

David Blaney

16

Craig Voisey

Darren Crompton

17

Samuel Lewis

Mark Irish

18

Sean Knight

Darren Barry

19

Paul Spivey

James Miller

20

Neil Mason

Robert Shaw

21

Andrew Borgen

Edward Barnes

22

Gareth Taylor

 

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Bristol

Min

Score

Moseley

  • Pen Adrian Jarvis

5

3 - 0

 

 

7

3 - 0

  • Miss Pen Oliver Thomas
  • Pen Adrian Jarvis

11

6 - 0

 

 

14

6 - 3

  • Pen Oliver Thomas
  • Pen Adrian Jarvis

17

9 - 3

 

  • Try Sean Marsden

19

14 - 3

 

  • Con Adrian Jarvis

19

16 - 3

 

 

23

16 - 6

  • Pen Oliver Thomas
  • Try Alaifatu (Junior) Fatialofa

25

21-06

 

  • Con Adrian Jarvis

25

23 - 6

 

  • Pen Adrian Jarvis

29

26 - 6

 

 

34

26 - 11

  • Try Daniel Robson

 

34

26 - 11

  • Miss Con Oliver Thomas

 

40

26 - 11

  • Rep Craig Voisey For Nathan Williams (Tactical)

 

40

26 - 11

  • Rep Sean Knight For Terry Sigley (Tactical)
  • Pen Adrian Jarvis

41

29 - 11

 

 

49

29 - 16

  • Try Bradley Davies

 

49

29 - 18

  • Con Oliver Thomas
  • Miss Pen Adrian Jarvis

53

29 - 18

 

 

57

29 - 18

  • Rep Neil Mason For Michael Ellery (Tactical)
  • Rep Mark Irish For Wayne Thompson (Tactical)

61

29 - 18

 

 

68

29 - 23

  • Try Chevvy Pennycook

 

68

29 - 25

  • Con Oliver Thomas
  • Rep Darren Barry For Mariano Sambucetti (Tactical)

71

29 - 25

 

 

73

29 - 25

  • Rep Andrew Borgen For Nathan Bressington (Tactical)
  • Try Jack Tovey

76

34 - 25

 

  • Con Adrian Jarvis

76

36 - 25

 

  • Rep James Miller For Daniel Montague (Tactical)

77

36 - 25

 

 

77

36 - 25

  • Rep Gareth Taylor For Anthony Carter (Injury)
  • Rep Darren Crompton For Makovina Vunipola (Injury)

85

36 - 25

 

 

 

RFU Championship: Bristol 36 Moseley 25

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

There are two ways to interpret this, Moseley's ninth defeat of their tortured season and both hinge on one's view of the future.

 

Subscribers to the diminishing school of thought that Ian Smith's men can escape the bottom four will view their afternoon at the Memorial Stadium as a missed opportunity.

The perception that expensively-assembled Bristol are an underachieving top-of-the-table outfit that will soon come good and against whom victories cannot be budgeted for, is no longer sustainable.

 

Bristol are in the lower reaches of the Championship for a reason. Quite simply they are not as good as they should be and because they know it, they are riddled with anxiety.

As Birmingham & Solihull showed last month it is perfectly possible to storm the Bristolians' flimsy barricades and had Moseley concentrated on keeping the referee's whistle out of his mouth they might have done likewise.

 

The other viewpoint, however, is that Mose are destined for the relegation play-offs and whatever happens between now and March 12 is meaningful only in how it relates to the first of those final six, decisive matches.

 

From that standpoint there were aspects of this performance that were hugely promising.

The main ones were the displays of their two debutants Bevon Armitage and Dan Robson.

 

Armitage is a proven Championship performer and looked every inch the quality midfielder they have lacked since Jack Adams' dual registration ended 18 months ago.

In attack the former Doncaster man hauled his side kicking and screaming across the gain-line by running hard and straight and giving it a target to play from.

 

Moseley are probably 20 per cent stronger for his presence, although if we are being ultra-fussy Armitage is less likely to release his wingers than Adams was - and that really is saying something.

 

And in defence the six-lane highway, down which opponents only had to travel to reach the Moseley try-line, has narrowed to a country-track. It is difficult to imagine many second-tier outside centres strolling past the dynamic 28-year-old.

 

If only the same could be said during phase play when Moseley's midfield retains the sort of brittleness that led to Sean Marsden's try and saw Junior Fatialofa and Jack Tovey slice straight through for their own scores.

 

As for Robson, the young Gloucester trainee brought an energy to Moseley's offensive work which kept his forwards on their toes and stopped them looking as arthritic as they do when they are organising their one-out pods.

 

Robson, son of former Red and Black scrum half Simon, likes his rugby fast and loose and providing his presence and availability can be relied upon his inexperience is well worth indulging.

 

The flip side of his youthful exuberance is an obsession with tap-penalties that must be tempered if it is not become a liability, as much as his kicking strategy needs a development.

 

Nevertheless there was a mobility and balance to the visitors' threequarter line that has not been seen this season bodes well for bigger battles ahead.

 

As does the mental fortitude that brought them back from 29-11 down to within four points of Paul Hull's nervy hosts. It was unfortunate five 76th minute missed tackles allowed Tovey to end the comeback just when it was getting really interesting.

 

Even then Moseley might have come away with a couple of bonus points, when in the dying seconds they had Bristol backed up on their own line and with a two-man overlap just waiting for the ball.

 

Brad Davies' failure to get it to either of them, the fly half threw an ambitious miss pass a couple of yards forward, meant Moseley ended the match as they had started it - being kind to the opposition.