1st XV Match Report V London Welsh (Away) Sat 31/12/2011 

 

London Welsh

7 - 10

Moseley

 

Alex Davies

15

William Robinson

 

 

Ashley Smith

14

Anthony Carter

 

 

Hudson Tongauiha

13

Bradley Hunt

 

 

Guy Armitage

12

Greg King

 

 

Joseph Ajuwa

11

James Hearn

 
 

Gordon Ross

10

Glyn Hughes

 
 

Robert Lewis

9

Ryan De La Harpe

 
 

Thomas French

1

Craig Voisey

 
 

Saul Nelson

2

Colin Quigley

 
 

Shawn Pitman

3

Anthony O'Donnell

 
 

Mike Powell

4

Paul Spivey

 
 

Martin Purdy

5

Richard Stott

 
 

Lee Beach

6

Michael Maltman

 
 

Benjamin Russell

7

Michael Ellery

 
 

Edward Jackson

8

Neil Mason

 

Replacements

 

Nathan Morris

16

Thomas Warren

 
 

William Moss

17

Charley Thomas

 
 

Gary Johnson

18

Adam Caves

 
 

Michael Hills

19

Matthew Lowcock

 
 

Jack Winter-Moates

20

Bradley Davies

 
 

James Lewis

21

Ryan Glynn

 
 

Liam Gibson

22

Michael Gillick

 

 

 

 

Match Statistics

 

 

Min

Score

 

Rep Jack Winter-Moates For Robert Lewis (Injury)

49

0 - 0

 
 

49

0 - 0

Rep Bradley Davies For William Robinson (Tactical)

Rep Gary Johnson For Mike Powell (Tactical)

56

0 - 0

 
 

59

0 - 3

Pen Glyn Hughes

Try Joseph Ajuwa

62

5 - 3

 

Con Alex Davies

62

7 - 3

 

Rep Michael Hills For Benjamin Russell (Tactical)

62

7 - 3

 
 

63

7 - 3

Rep Thomas Warren For Anthony O'Donnell (Tactical)

 

65

7 - 3

Rep Michael Gillick For James Hearn (Tactical)

 

72

7 - 8

Penalty Try

 

72

7 - 10

Con Glyn Hughes

Rep William Moss For Thomas French (Tactical)

72

7 - 10

 
 

77

7 - 10

Rep Ryan Glynn For Ryan De La Harpe (Tactical)

 

 

 

 

Venue

Old Deer Park

Attendance

908

Weather

Dry

Referee

Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts

 

 

(Match details courtesy of Rugby Roundup)

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick, Birmingham Post

 

Just when you think it's safe to stop believing and start planning a few spring afternoons in south west regions of London and England, Kevin Maggs' Moseley go and do something splendid like this.

 

That is not to say they have anything other than a very outside chance of reaching the top eight and the promotion play-offs but if they can sustain the commitment and indomitable spirit they demonstrated here, anything is possible. Not probable but possible.

 

Particularly given the fact this was a Moseley side shorn of many of its most important players yet it was also one that demonstrated more depth than perhaps even Kevin Maggs had suspected, or hoped. Virtually every one of the understudies improved their standing in the head coach's estimations.

 

Andy Reay's leadership and distribution had been conspicuous by their absence on Boxing Day - yet they were compensated for here - and Chevvy Pennycook has long been Moseley's most consistent player but the visitors' back row was excellent without him.

 

Neil Mason - relieved of any extra responsibility, spent more time irritating opponents than officials and Michael Maltman was a constant thistle in the hosts' side.

 

Adam Caves, the apparently irreplaceable hooker, would have watched with great interest as Colin Quigley played his best game in a Moseley shirt and showed he has addressed the issues that undermined his first few months at the club.

 

Glyn Hughes raised a few eyebrows with the length of his kicking from hand and accuracy from the floor when it mattered most.

 

And the sight of 36-year-old Anton O'Donnell chasing down an outside back with an hour gone only underlined the fact that even though they played as a team, this was also a group of individuals who are keen to make up for lost time.

 

With Jack Adams, David Lyons, Ben Pons, Ollie Thomas and Dan Sanderson to return from injury and suspension there are more reasons for optimism than this time 12 months ago - and not every side in the Championship can say that.

 

It should be noted, though, Welsh were far from firing on all cylinders, indeed they weren't really firing on any.

 

From the moment they watched half-soaked as the opening kick-off bounced in play and then into touch just a few metres from their own line, to the one at the end when they botched a routine lineout equally as close to Moseley's, the Exiles were appalling.

 

Their handling can rarely have been worse, their scrummaging never quite so powderpuff nor their decision making so lacking in logic. Surely they would have not eschewed so many kicks at goal had this been a play-off match. Nevertheless it is a wonder Lyn Jones' head didn't explode.

 

Indeed there was a very real chance Maggs' chest might do the same as it swelled with pride at this most unlikely of victories, delivered through Hughes' 59th minute penalty and a late penalty try.

 

What he must now do, though, is determine how to extract such unified endeavour from the same players, plus a few, when Leeds arrive at Billesley Common on Saturday.

 

Figure that out and the spring tour might be take in a few unexpected venues - maybe even Old Deer Park which has become something of a home from home and where they have now won in three of the last four seasons.