1st XV Match Report V Nottingham (Away) Sun 27/11/2011 

 

 

Nottingham Rugby

62 - 20

Moseley

 

Andrew Savage

15

Anthony Carter

 

 

Joe Cobden

14

William Robinson

 

 

Ayoola Erinle

13

Jack Adams

 

 

Juan Socino

12

Andy Reay

 

 

Michael Penn

11

Bradley Hunt

 

 

James Arlidge

10

Oliver Thomas

 

 

Nathan Jones

9

Ryan Glynn

 

 

Matthew Parr

1

Thomas Warren

 

 

Joseph Duffy

2

Adam Caves

 

 

Michael Holford

3

Craig Voisey

 

 

Craig Hammond

4

David Lyons

 

 

Nicholas Rouse

5

Daniel Sanderson

 

 

Sione Kalamponi

6

Neil Mason

 

 

Brent Wilson

7

Chevvy Pennycook

 

 

Alex Shaw

8

Michael Ellery

 

Replacements

 

Oliver Taylor

16

Paul Spivey

 
 

Matthew Shields

17

Michael Maltman

 
 

Ben Prescott

18

Anthony O'Donnell

 
 

Lee Morley

19

Charley Thomas

 
 

Chris Eggleshaw

20

Bradley Davies

 
 

Finley Barnham

21

Callum Macburnie

 
 

Charlie Hayter

22

Ryan De La Harpe

 

 

 

 

Match Statistics

 

 

Nottingham Rugby

62 - 20

Moseley

 

Min

Score

 
 

02

0 - 3

DG Oliver Thomas

Try Michael Holford

05

5 - 3

 

Con James Arlidge

05

7 - 3

 

Pen James Arlidge

13

10 - 3

 

Try Ayoola Erinle

19

15 - 3

 

Con James Arlidge

19

17 - 3

 
 

29

17 - 3

Rep Callum Macburnie For Andy Reay (Tactical)

 

32

17 - 3

Yellow Card Daniel Sanderson

Pen James Arlidge

36

20 - 3

 

Try Michael Penn

42

25 - 3

 

Con James Arlidge

42

27 - 3

 

Try James Arlidge

44

32 - 3

 

Con James Arlidge

44

34 - 3

 
 

48

34 - 8

Try Bradley Hunt

 

48

34 - 10

Con Oliver Thomas

Rep Charlie Hayter For Ayoola Erinle (Tactical)

49

34 - 10

 

Rep Finley Barnham For Nathan Jones (Tactical)

49

34 - 10

 
 

57

34 - 10

Rep Anthony O'Donnell For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

 

59

34 - 15

Try Bradley Hunt

 

59

34 - 15

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

 

60

34 - 15

Rep Paul Spivey For Daniel Sanderson (Tactical)

Try Charlie Hayter

61

39 - 15

 

Con James Arlidge

61

41 - 15

 

Rep Chris Eggleshaw For Sione Kalamponi (Tactical)

62

41 - 15

 
 

65

41 - 15

Rep Bradley Davies For Anthony Carter (Tactical)

Rep Ben Prescott For Matthew Parr (Tactical)

66

41 - 15

 

Rep Lee Morley For Nicholas Rouse (Tactical)

67

41 - 15

 

Try Juan Socino

69

46 - 15

 

Con James Arlidge

69

48 - 15

 
 

69

48 - 15

Rep Charley Thomas For Adam Caves (Tactical)

Rep Oliver Taylor For Joseph Duffy (Tactical)

70

48 - 15

 

Try Joe Cobden

72

53 - 15

 

Con James Arlidge

72

55 - 15

 

Rep Matthew Shields For Michael Holford (Tactical)

72

55 - 15

 

Try Andrew Savage

75

60 - 15

 

Con James Arlidge

75

62 - 15

 
 

78

62 - 20

Try Bradley Hunt

 

78

62 - 20

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

Venue

Meadow Lane

Attendance

1,371

Weather

Dry

Referee

Dean Richards

 

 

(Match details courtesy of Rugby Roundup)

 

Match report

Brian Dick pulls no punches in this report from the Birmingham Post

 

There were times during this abomination when I actually wondered whether I was hallucinating.

 

That the same side, less one player, which put Bristol to the sword just a few weeks ago should have their pants pulled down and be so comprehensively spanked, seemed to defy reason.

 

All I can say is that Greg King must be some player if his presence against Bristol and his absence here produce such contrasting collective performances because the tone of the two displays appeared to belong to two different voices.

 

Snarling defiance against Bristol, flaccid acceptance at Meadow Lane. Moseley were sliced, diced and tossed into a stew. Or perhaps a pickle would be a more accurate, or maybe an Eton Mess or possibly even mincemeat. Chacon a son gout, as the French would say.

 

Clearly tackling was not to Moseley's taste as they leaked eight tries, three in the first half, five in the second, seven of which came through the backs. The Red and Black pack has had its critics this season but for once they can turn around and ask a few questions.

 

Not too many, you understand. While the scrum was much better than it had been when the sides met at Billesley Common in the second game of the season, their lineout was much more of a lottery than the model of consistency of recent weeks.

 

And it wasn't always the backs' fault Moseley conceded quite so many turnovers. Moseley were done like a kipper at the breakdown and for that everyone must share the blame.

 

Failure to protect their own ball and slow down Nottingham's meant that more often than not the classy home threequarters were running at a defensive line with all the straightness of a dog's back leg. A broken one at that.

 

Which meant that someone of the quality of former England, Wasps, Leicester and Biarritz centre Ayoola Erinle was going to have a field day - and so he did.

 

The line he picked for the Green and Whites' second try, which took him 50m untouched on first phase was a thing of beauty, reminiscent in many ways to those which Josh Drauniniu ran when London Welsh put ten tries on Moseley last year.

 

Michael Holford, the only forward to gatecrash the party on a day of 11 tries, grabbed the first and then Erinle, Mike Penn, James Arlidge, Charlie Hayter, Juan Pablo Socino, Joe Cobden and Andrew Savage all found a way through the parting waters.

 

It is only fair to commend Moseley's Brad Hunt for his hat-trick, a feat that suggests Nottingham were not the Green Machine the scoreline portrays them as. Three smart finishes brought the Kiwi's total to five.

 

Which brings us next to Mose's tendency to have at least one nightmare a season. In the previous campaign it was that match against the Exiles when Drauniniu grabbed four and Mose were mentally shell-shocked.

 

The year before than Cornish Pirates racked up 57, twelve months after Exeter had put 70 on a second string side. In 2007 Northampton and Bedford both passed the 60-point mark. We are not in uncharted territory.

 

Not always but as a rule those humpings tended to come in the early weeks of a season, when combinations were being forged and variables eliminated. Worryingly this XV is basically the one Kevin Maggs will take to war with him when the real action starts in the spring.

 

That is not to say they are any worse off than in previous years, just that when Moseley choose to turn rugby into a non-contact sport they had better pick their opponents wisely.