1st XV Match Report V Rotherham Titans (Away) Sat 06/11/2010 

 

Rotherham 

(20) 28

 

Moseley

(6) 17   

Tries

Quigley, Penalty, Loney

 

 

J Pons

 

 

Con

Socino 2

 

 

 

 

Pen

Socino 3

 

 

O Thomas 4

 

 

Attend

1,112

 

 

 

 

Referee

Martin Fox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotherham 

 

Moseley

Peter Swatkins

15

Oliver Thomas

Matthew Rhodes

14

Michael Gillick

John Hepworth

13

Anthony Carter

Juan Pablo Socino

12

Andy Reay

Simeon James

11

Jack Pons

Clifford Hodgson

10

Bradley Davies

Joe Bedford

9

Gareth Taylor

Colin Quigley

1

Nathan Williams

David McGregor

2

Adam Caves

Anton O'Donnell

3

Terry Sigley

Benjamin Harris

4

David Lyons

Sam Dickinson

5

Richard Stott

Ryan Burrows

6

Neil Mason

Sean Dougall

7

Michael Maltman

Adam Kettle

8

Michael Ellery

 

Replacements

 

Alex Loney

16

Craig Voisey

John Aikman

17

George Warner

James Sandford

18

Paul Spivey

Daniel Baines

19

Mark Evans

Byron Godfrey

20

Ryan De La Harpe

Bradley Hunt

21

Andrew Borgen

William Du Randt

22

Callum MacBurnie

 

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Rotherham 

Min

Score

Moseley

 

2

0 - 3

Pen Oliver Thomas

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

5

3 - 3

 

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

14

6 - 3

 

 

18

6 - 3

Yellow Card Richard Stott

Penalty Try

21

11 - 3

 

Con Juan Pablo Socino

21

13 - 3

 

Rep Daniel Baines For Sean Dougall (Blood)

30

13 - 3

 

 

30

13 - 3

Rep Mark Evans For Michael Maltman (Blood)

 

32

13 - 3

Yellow Card Mark Evans

Try Colin Quigley

34

18 - 3

 

Con Juan Pablo Socino

34

20 - 3

 

 

40

20 - 6

Pen Oliver Thomas

Rep Sean Dougall For Daniel Baines (Blood Return)

40

20 - 6

 

 

41

20 - 9

Pen Oliver Thomas

 

46

20 - 14

Try Jack Pons

 

46

20 - 14

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

Miss Pen Juan Pablo Socino

54

20 - 14

 

 

57

20 - 14

Rep Mark Evans For Neil Mason (Injury)

Pen Juan Pablo Socino

58

23 - 14

 

 

59

23 - 14

Rep George Warner For Adam Caves (Injury)

 

60

23 - 17

Pen Oliver Thomas

 

64

23 - 17

Rep Craig Voisey For Nathan Williams (Tactical)

 

64

23 - 17

Rep Paul Spivey For Richard Stott (Tactical)

Rep Daniel Baines For Benjamin Harris (Tactical)

65

23 - 17

 

Rep Alex Loney For David McGregor (Tactical)

65

23 - 17

 

 

66

23 - 17

Rep Andrew Borgen For Bradley Davies (Tactical)

 

66

23 - 17

Rep Ryan De La Harpe For Gareth Taylor (Tactical)

Try Alex Loney

71

28 - 17

 

Miss Con Juan Pablo Socino

71

28 - 17

 

Rep James Sandford For Sam Dickinson (Tactical)

72

28 - 17

 

Rep Byron Godfrey For Clifford Hodgson (Tactical)

72

28 - 17

 

Rep John Aikman For Anton O'Donnell (Tactical)

72

28 - 17

Pen Oliver Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

Rotherham Titans 28 Moseley 17

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

It is a measure of how bad Moseley have been in recent weeks that while another match ticked by without them taking anything, it at least did so with a performance that stood out as a marked improvement to those that have gone before.

 

Let's not go too overboard now. Don't be fooled into thinking the visitors produced many of the qualities that will fulfil their pre-season aim of finishing in the top eight.

In terms of attacking with any verve or invention this was a toddler's stuttering step. They hammered their way into Rotherham territory through sheer brute force but once there they left short-changed with just one try and four Ollie Thomas penalties.

 

Arguably they deserved more and might have got it had referee Martin Fox been as willing to show a home defender a yellow card as he was when waving them at Richard Stott and Mark Evans for offences much further away from the try-line.

 

In the end they had to settle for Jack Pons' improvised 46th minute finish, following some outstanding handling by Anthony Carter and a scything kick return by Mike Gillick.

 

That cut their deficit to 20-14 and hinted that they have mental resolve to make a full recovery from their current travails.

 

That was most apparent when Ian Smith's side did not have the ball. Compared to their displays against London Welsh and Plymouth this was massive progress.

 

While their interest was questionable against Albion, no one could doubt these players' devotion to the cause.

 

When the result was settled and they spent the last five minutes camped on their own line it would have been so easy to have allowed Rotherham a fourth try.

 

But, tired though they were, they put their bodies on the line and in the way and manifested pride in the shirt.

 

In fact they did that all the way through. Gillick's first half track back to deny Jonny Hepworth after a long kick chase was commendable in the extreme.

 

And the spirit they showed contesting the breakdown was far in advance of anything offered last Saturday.

 

With his high tackle count and quick feet when carrying, Michael Maltman was the pick of the Moseley pack. David Lyons was his solid self and Neil Mason hinted at a return to his indomitable consistency.

 

But blood, sweat and tears alone won't get Moseley out of the bottom four. Those virtues must be a given in the no-holds-barred Championship.

 

From somewhere they must discover a variety to their game and a fluidity in their threequarters and those qualities are somewhat harder to find.