1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (Home) Sat 30/10/2010 

 

Moseley

(12) 22

 

Plymouth Albion

(16) 36

Tries

MacBurnie, Borgen

 

 

Watts-Jones, Hallett 2, McLoughlin

 

Con

 

 

 

Lee 2

 

Pen

O Thomas 4

 

 

Lee 4

 

Attend

879

 

 

 

 

Referee

Chris White

 

 

 

 

Touch

 

 

 

 

 

Moseley

 

Plymouth Albion

Oliver Thomas

15

Mark Lee

Nathan Bressington

14

Fionn McLoughlin

Anthony Carter

13

Ben Mercer

Andy Reay

12

Sione Tuipulotu

Jack Pons

11

Johnny Coleman

Bradley Davies

10

Kieran Hallett

Gareth Taylor

9

Ruairi Cushion

Craig Voisey

1

George Porter

Adam Caves

2

Gareth Evans

Terry Sigley

3

Ryan Hopkins

David Lyons

4

Tom Skelding

Richard Stott

5

Tyler Hotson

Neil Mason

6

Sean-Michael Stephen

Michael Maltman

7

Rory Watts-Jones

Michael Ellery

8

Aaron Carpenter

 

Replacements

 

Nathan Williams

16

Tom Kessell

George Warner

17

Steve Johns

Paul Spivey

18

David Morton

Mark Evans

19

Gavin O'Meara

Ryan De La Harpe

20

Robin Copeland

Andrew Borgen

21

Sam Hocking

Callum MacBurnie

22

Sam Matavesi

 

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Plymouth Albion

  • Pen Oliver Thomas

1

3 - 0

 

 

3

3- 3

  • Pen Mark Lee

  • Pen Oliver Thomas

10

6 - 3

 

  • Pen Oliver Thomas

23

9 - 3

 

 

28

9 - 6

  • Pen Mark Lee

 

31

9 - 9

  • Pen Mark Lee

 

35

9 - 14

  • Try Rory Watts-Jones

 

35

9 - 16

  • Con Mark Lee

  • Pen Oliver Thomas

40

12 - 16

 

 

42

12 - 19

  • Pen Mark Lee

 

49

12 - 24

  • Try Kieran Hallett

  • Rep Paul Spivey For Richard Stott (Tactical)

56

12 - 24

 

  • Rep Nathan Williams For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

56

12 - 24

 

 

64

12 - 29

  • Try Fionn McLoughlin

 

64

12 - 29

  • Miss Con Mark Lee

  • Rep George Warner For Adam Caves (Tactical)

65

12 - 29

 

  • Rep Callum MacBurnie For Nathan Bressington (Tactical)

65

12 - 29

 

  • Try Callum MacBurnie

67

17 - 29

 

  • Miss Con Oliver Thomas

67

17 - 29

 

 

70

17 - 34

  • Try Kieran Hallett

 

70

17 - 36

  • Con Mark Lee

  • Rep Andrew Borgen For Andy Reay (Tactical)

71

17 - 36

 

  • Try Andrew Borgen

74

22 - 36

 

  • Miss Con Oliver Thomas

74

22 - 36

 

  • Rep Mark Evans For Neil Mason (Tactical)

76

22 - 36

 

  • Rep Ryan De La Harpe For Gareth Taylor (Tactical)

76

22 - 36

 

 

76

22 - 36

  • Rep Sam Hocking For Tom Skelding (Tactical)

 

76

22 - 36

  • Rep Sam Matavesi For Rory Watts-Jones (Tactical)

 

76

22 - 36

  • Rep Tom Kessell For Ruairi Cushion (Injury)

 

 

Coach Ian Smith admits Moseley are heading for another relegation battle after Plymouth defeat

By Brian Dick – Sunday Mercury

 

The most damning aspect of Moseley's latest pitiful offering was that barely anyone at Billesley Common seemed surprised by their team's failure to beat modest Plymouth Albion.

 

Even on an unseasonably warm and calm October afternoon the atmosphere among Moseley's admirably faithful supporters was funereal. Disappointing defeats are de rigour these days.

 

Indeed they are almost becoming a badge of honour. "When was the last time you saw us play that badly," wondered one after witnessing a lamentably poor showing. "Last week - and the week before that," came the black response.

 

But the reality is Moseley's current plight, the table might say differently but they are playing the poorest rugby in the Championship at present, is no laughing matter.

 

The current funding structure means that relegation from the second tier would cost them £300,000 in central funding and probably more in other revenues and their form at present makes that a very real possibility.

 

The stakes are high, so the fact Moseley are currently sleepwalking their way to another 

flirtation with demotion should be of major concern to a club that still likes to think of itself in terms of a risen phoenix.

 

Most alarming is not the continued lack of incisiveness in the backs. Moseley have survived with just a single dimension to their play for most of the last year. That is not to say a May or a Trinder would not be a welcome visitor from Kingsholm.

 

But the deterioration up front is a new issue. They were hammered in the scrum at Damson Park in their previous match and could establish no more than parity in that area against an extremely ordinary Plymouth front row.

 

In the loose they had virtually no go forward. In his first match for five weeks Neil Mason was not able to carry his side the way he has in the past - and to be fair nor should he be expected to.

 

How they missed Aly Muldowney and James Rodwell, their broadsword and rapier of recent seasons. Young players like the Michaels Maltman and Ellery may develop into equally potent threats but Moseley need them to do it pronto.

 

And even without any real game-breakers in the side, a passionate and battling performance at the breakdown can cover up for a multitude of shortcomings but even that bare minimum was absent.

 

So once again Ian Smith and his men find themselves requiring yet more navel-gazing and re-considering the same hard questions posed after the London Welsh debacle.

 

Let’s hope the answers are forthcoming because if they aren't, the only way is down.