1st XV Match Report V Doncaster Knights (Home) Sat 03/12/2011 

 

 

Moseley

17 - 15

Doncaster Knights

 

Anthony Carter

15

Douglas Flockhart

 

 

William Robinson

14

Ben Toft

 

 

Greg King

13

Ollie Goss

 

 

Andy Reay

12

Fred Burdon

 

 

Bradley Hunt

11

Michael Keating

 

 

Bradley Davies

10

David McIlwaine

 

 

Ryan Glynn

9

Chris Hallam

 

 

Thomas Warren

1

Tom Davies

 

 

Adam Caves

2

Steven Boden

 

 

Craig Voisey

3

Royce Burke-Flynn

 

 

David Lyons

4

Matthew Challinor

 

 

Daniel Sanderson

5

Dominic Parsons

 

 

Neil Mason

6

Latu Makaafi

 

 

Michael Ellery

7

Zack Farivaz

 

 

Chevvy Pennycook

8

Christopher Planchant

 

Replacements

 

Colin Quigley

16

Stuart Corsar

 
 

Paul Spivey

17

Jack Yeandle

 
 

Anthony O'Donnell

18

Andy Boyde

 
 

Michael Maltman

19

Michael Noone

 
 

Charley Thomas

20

David Bradford

 
 

Michael Gillick

21

Daniel White

 
 

Ryan De La Harpe

22

Glen Kenworthy

 

 

Match Statistics

 

 

Min

Score

 

Try Michael Ellery

10

5 - 0

 

Con Bradley Davies

10

7 - 0

 
 

24

7 - 5

Try Chris Hallam

 

24

7 - 5

Miss Con David McIlwaine

 

43

7 - 10

Try Michael Keating

 

43

7 - 12

Con David McIlwaine

 

53

7 - 15

Pen David McIlwaine

Pen Bradley Davies

55

10 - 15

 

Rep Paul Spivey For Daniel Sanderson (Tactical)

58

10 - 15

 
 

62

10 - 15

Rep Jack Yeandle For Steven Boden (Tactical)

Rep Michael Maltman For Neil Mason (Tactical)

66

10 - 15

 

Rep Anthony O'Donnell For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

66

10 - 15

 

Rep Ryan De La Harpe For Ryan Glynn (Tactical)

66

10 - 15

 
 

66

10 - 15

Rep Michael Noone For Matthew Challinor (Tactical)

Try Andy Reay

74

15 - 15

 

Con Bradley Davies

74

17 - 15

 

 

 

Venue

Billesley

Attendance

757

Weather

Dry

Referee

Darren Gammage

 

 

(Match details courtesy of Rugby Roundup)

 

Match report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

PhotoNottingham at home, Doncaster away and London Scottish away. Just three reasons why Moseley should feel no compunction about pickpocketing the Knights with such barefaced cheek.

 

Leeds away, Plymouth away and Bedford away. Three more occasions on which Kevin Maggs' side have taken less than their endeavours deserved.

 

So if Doncaster left Birmingham feeling slightly grumpy about the fact they were the rightful recipients of the spoils, no-one at Billesley Common should care a jot.

 

This campaign of ifs, buts and not quites - The Season That Nearly Was - has been cruel enough to Maggs and his men so why shouldn't the boot occasionally be tried on the other foot.

 

Not for a millisecond should they feel sheepish about creating so few chances and still stealing the win courtesy of Andy Reay's 74th minute try, in what was basically their only second half attack worth the description.

 

Indeed if the second half of the season is going to be based on a theme of score settling, if the points earned and left at various Championship venues are about to come home to roost, then we could be in for a hugely enjoyable few months.

 

Won't it be lovely if Scottish bring a seasonal gift on Boxing Day? Play well and lose or play badly and win? I'll take the latter for a while, thanks for asking.

 

That is not to say Moseley played badly here. There were many aspects of their performance which were admirable, not least the defensive fortitude which limited, what felt like, Doncaster's 70 per cent possession to just two tries.

 

Indeed in the opening period Mose spent a full 20 minutes backed up in their own 22, handing out penalties with the generosity of Santa Claus on fast forward and looking as though they were just waiting to be knocked down.

 

But the blow never came, sometimes because the visitors handled as though they were wearing boxing gloves, sometimes because Moseley's line held firm and sometimes because of the commitment of their scramble defence.

 

In the end it was ironic that they should concede from 50m out when Dougie Flockhart and Luta Makaafi combined to create the confusion from which Chris Hallam benefitted.

 

By that stage, though, Michael Ellery had ripped off one of his signature scores. Crabbing across halfway? Who you gonna call? Ell Fire!Photo

 

Ten minutes had gone when the back rower, innovatively employed at openside, blazed past David McIlwaine so quickly it must have singed the fly half's eyebrows.

Brad Davies' dead-duck of a conversion plopped on to the crossbar and where in previous games the ball might have dropped the wrong side, this time it looped benignly over. Lucky maybe but don't tell me Moseley aren't due a spot.

 

Leading 7-5 at the break the assumption was Mose would use the slope and wind after the restart to take the baby's candy. Hardly.

 

Donny continued to monopolise position and possession and reeled off ten points, including Michael Keating's try, which will make uncomfortable re-viewing for one or two red-shirted defenders.

 

Davies kicked a 55th minute penalty but Mose seemed uncapable of addressing the 15-10 deficit that remained frustratingly out of reach.

 

TReay winning Tryhey would always get one chance, though and when it came, dangerously close to the end, they took it clinically.

 

Anton O'Donnell wheeled a scrum 10m out, Ryan De La Harpe simply fizzed away from the base and produced a superlative off-load for Reay to haul himself and his team over the line.

 

Pay back time had arrived and not a second too soon.