1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (h) Fri 09/03/2012 

 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley

Attendance

783

Weather

Dry

Kick Off

19:30

 

Team List

 

Moseley

25 - 17

Plymouth Albion

 

Anthony Carter

15

Sione Tuipulotu

 

P P P P P P C

Oliver Thomas

14

James Love

P P P P

 

Greg King

13

Paul Bailey

 
 

Andy Reay

12

Bevon Armitage

 
 

Bradley Hunt

11

Jack Arnott

 
 

Bradley Davies

10

Paul Roberts

 
 

Samuel Brown

9

Ruairi Cushion

T

 

Marshall Gadd

1

David Morton

 

T

Adam Caves

2

Jonathan Vickers

 
 

Craig Voisey

3

Ryan Hopkins

 
 

David Lyons

4

Tyler Hotson

 
 

Paul Spivey

5

Sean-Michael Stephen

 
 

Neil Mason

6

Michael Stupple

 
 

Michael Ellery

7

Wayne Sprangle

Y

 

Chevvy Pennycook

8

Aaron Carpenter

 

Replacements

 

Anthony O'Donnell

16

Tyson Lewis

 
 

Colin Quigley

17

Steven Johns

 
 

Daniel Sanderson

18

Jack Andrew

 
 

James Tyas

19

Robert Dugard

 
 

Michael Maltman

20

Rupert Freestone

 
 

Ryan De La Harpe

21

Addison Lockley

 
 

William Robinson

22

Sam Hocking

 

 

Match Officials

 

Referee

Matthew Carley

   

Home Official

-

Away Official

-

Touch Judge 1

-

Touch Judge 2

-

 

Match Statistics

 

 

Min

Score

 
 

02

0 - 3

Pen James Love

Pen Oliver Thomas

04

3 - 3

 

Rep Colin Quigley For Craig Voisey (Injury)

10

3 - 3

 
 

17

3 - 6

Pen James Love

Pen Oliver Thomas

25

6 - 6

 
 

30

6 - 9

Pen James Love

 

35

6 - 12

Pen James Love

 

44

6 - 17

Try Ruairi Cushion

 

44

6 - 17

Miss Con James Love

Pen Oliver Thomas

47

9 - 17

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

53

12 - 17

 
 

55

12 - 17

Yellow Card Wayne Sprangle

Try Adam Caves

64

17 - 17

 

Con Oliver Thomas

64

19 - 17

 
 

66

19 - 17

Rep Sam Hocking For Wayne Sprangle (Tactical)

Rep Daniel Sanderson For David Lyons (Tactical)

67

19 - 17

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

73

22 - 17

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

80

25 - 17

 
 

85

25 - 17

Rep Jack Andrew For Ryan Hopkins (Tactical)

           

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

The problem is when the wind doesn't blow down the Billesley Common pitch, it takes a while for the tactical mist to clear.

 

Indeed it took the worst part of 50 flaccid minutes on a breezeless spring evening for Moseley to see a clear way past Plymouth.

 

Once they did though, it was strangely simple. Work hard to win the ball, even harder to keep it and wait for opponents short on confidence to implode. And so it came to pass.

 

Which was perhaps a little more pragmatic than the romantics among us had hoped, those who had believed the pre-match propaganda about flinging the ball around and winning matches with a hailstorm of tries. More fool us.

 

If the last two years have taught us anything it is that first round play-off matches are not occasions for flash Harry antics.

 

Neither are they occasions for the primacy of performances over results. The winning of home matches is imperative, no matter how heinously ugly the victories, and Moseley will look at the ten points they now have on the board and feel considerable satisfaction.

 

And they should be lauded for managing what was a difficult situation extremely well - in the end.

 

After all it would have been easy to have unravelled when Craig Voisey, their first choice tighthead prop was forced off with a suspected broken arm after just ten minutes.

 

With Plymouth flying up at them, their ball carriers impotent and their discipline letting them down they did well to maintain a foothold in the game, although at 17-6 down with 44 minutes gone it was really more of a toenail hold.

 

By the time Albion's Ruairi Cushion had finished off an incongruously slick blindside counter-attack, though, the tide had already turned. Moseley were already starting to act with more conviction and their important players had started to have an impact.

 

Ollie Thomas ate up huge tracts of real estate as he kicked down the slope and the Moseley kick chase made it count.

 

Back rowers Chevvy Pennycook and Neil Mason started to shed tacklers and scrum half Sam Brown began to inject more tempo into his side's attacking.

 

And as they retained possession the visitors' belief wilted. Buoyed by their 12-6 interval lead, through four James Love penalties compared to two from Thomas, the Devonians became less and less able to protect their glass jaw as Pennycook and Mason thudded into them.

 

Thomas picked away at the 11-point lead with a couple more penalties and then on the hour, after a well-executed catch and drive lineout Adam Caves bashed his way over the line to level the scores.

 

Thomas's imperious conversion gave Moseley their first lead and as Plymouth chased the game, their handling and discipline went to pot.

 

Moseley's remarkable kicker landed a couple more penalties, the last one on the final play of the game, to deny Albion even a loss bonus, which was probably a little cruel on Nat Saumi's game side.

 

But it had taken just half-an-hour of composed and calculated play from Moseley to unsettle the men from Brickfields, something that will cause considerable consternation down the M5.

 

And for Moseley, they have won their opening play-off match for the first time. Wouldn't it be nice if they used that springboard to embark on a composed and ultimately enjoyable end to the season. Maybe, even, with a few tries but most importantly with three or four more wins.