1st XV Match Report V Esher RFC (h) Sat 24/03/2012 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley

Attendance

1,117

Weather

Dry

Kick Off

15:00

 

Match Team List

 

Moseley

27 - 15

Esher Rugby

Y

Anthony Carter

15

Luke Daniels

 

P C C C P

Oliver Thomas

14

Sebastian Stegmann

 

T

Greg King

13

Thomas Cheeseman

 
 

Andy Reay

12

Arran Cruickshanks

T

 

Bradley Hunt

11

Philip MacKenzie

T

 

Bradley Davies

10

Mark Atkinson

C P

 

Ryan Glynn

9

Jamie MacKenzie

 
 

Marshall Gadd

1

David Millard

 

T

Adam Caves

2

James Campbell

 
 

Colin Quigley

3

Ignacio Elosu

 

T

David Lyons

4

Ian Kench

Y

 

Paul Spivey

5

James Inglis

 
 

Neil Mason

6

Thomas Alexander

 
 

Ben Pons

7

Sam Stitcher

 
 

Michael Ellery

8

Michael MacFarlane

 

Replacements

 

Anthony O'Donnell

16

Nicholas Mayhew

 
 

Lloyd Fairbrother

17

Paul Barker

 
 

Daniel Sanderson

18

Peter Synnott

 
 

James Tyas

19

Kevin Corrigan

 
 

Michael Maltman

20

Nicky Little

 
 

Samuel Brown

21

Jonathan Hylton

 
 

William Robinson

22

Clive Stuart-Smith

 
   

23

   

 

Match Officials

 

Referee

Ross Campbell

   

Home Official

-

Away Official

-

Touch Judge 1

-

Touch Judge 2

-

 

Match Statistics

 

 

Min

Score

 
 

09

0 - 3

Pen Mark Atkinson

Pen Oliver Thomas

12

3 - 3

 

Try Greg King

20

8 - 3

 

Con Oliver Thomas

20

10 - 3

 

Rep James Tyas For Michael Ellery (Blood)

26

10 - 3

 
 

27

10 - 8

Try Philip MacKenzie

 

27

10 - 10

Con Mark Atkinson

Rep Michael Ellery For James Tyas (Blood Return)

32

10 - 10

 

Try David Lyons

37

15 - 10

 

Con Oliver Thomas

37

17 - 10

 

Rep Daniel Sanderson For Paul Spivey (Injury)

43

17 - 10

 
 

50

17 - 10

Yellow Card Ian Kench

Try Adam Caves

53

22 - 10

 

Con Oliver Thomas

53

24 - 10

 
 

54

24 - 10

Rep Kevin Corrigan For James Campbell (Tactical)

 

54

24 - 10

Rep Nicholas Mayhew For David Millard (Tactical)

 

57

24 - 10

Rep David Millard For Ignacio Elosu (Blood)

 

57

24 - 10

Rep Clive Stuart-Smith For Jamie MacKenzie (Tactical)

 

57

24 - 10

Rep Jonathan Hylton For Luke Daniels (Tactical)

Pen Oliver Thomas

59

27 - 10

 
 

61

27 - 10

Rep Ignacio Elosu For David Millard (Blood Return)

 

61

27 - 10

Rep Peter Synnott For Thomas Alexander (Tactical)

Rep James Tyas For Michael Ellery (Tactical)

62

27 - 10

 
 

63

27 - 10

Rep Nicky Little For Mark Atkinson (Tactical)

 

63

27 - 10

Rep Paul Barker For Michael MacFarlane (Injury)

Rep William Robinson For Bradley Hunt (Tactical)

68

27 - 10

 

Rep Michael Maltman For Neil Mason (Injury)

68

27 - 10

 

Rep Lloyd Fairbrother For Marshall Gadd (Tactical)

69

27 - 10

 

Rep Samuel Brown For Ryan Glynn (Tactical)

72

27 - 10

 

Rep Anthony O'Donnell For Colin Quigley (Tactical)

74

27 - 10

 
 

76

27 - 15

Try Arran Cruickshanks

 

76

27 - 15

Miss Con Nicky Little

Yellow Card Anthony Carter

78

27 - 15

 

 

Statistics courtesy of Rugby Roundup

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

Three times now this season Moseley have run hard, straight and right over Esher, once more and the job will be done.

 

But once more it must be. As much as everyone would like to believe Kevin Maggs's men have assured themselves of their rightful place in the Championship, there are still dots and crosses to be added.

 

Mose will try to administer those at Molesey Road next Saturday, where they have won on their last two visits and for all the talk about big pitches, large in-goal areas and last chance saloons, Moseley know what they need to do.

 

Exactly what they did here, which was send their ball-carriers hard, low and route one towards the Esher try line and wait for the door to cave in.

 

This was not an occasion for picked locks, though David Lyons and Paul Spivey were undoubtedly the pick of the locks, it was abrasive, confrontational and direct. The door had to be kicked in.

 

And so it was, for the first 60 minutes the Red and Black hordes came wave after wave and basically pummelled Esher into submission.

 

If it wasn't Neil Mason charging on, it was Colin Quigley, or Ben Pons, or Mike Ellery or Lyons or Spivey and in truth Moseley could, nay should have been out of sight by half time.

 

As it was they worked tries for Greg King and Lyons but they had plenty of opportunities for more as either their set-piece or handling wobbled at a decisive juncture.

 

No matter, this match was always going to be about who started the better. Had it been Esher they would have been just 40 minutes from dragging Moseley back into a relegation dog-fight.

 

But it was Kevin Maggs's side and their physicality subdued Esher and made sure it was a comfortable afternoon and that the only team that finished the day embroiled in a relegation dog fight left on a bus back down the M40.

 

Indeed the first hour, in which Mose built a 27-10 lead, meant they could take their foot off the pedal in the final quarter as their supporters were spared an anxious finish.

 

To be fair to Esher they actually fought back well in the closing stages and strangely might have nicked a loss bonus had Anthony Carter not knocked down a last-minute scoring pass.

 

But that would have been a travesty because the visitors had long since lost the battle even if Moseley frustratingly didn't go on and secure their own bonus point.

 

They will perhaps reflect that they might have gone for the corner instead of goal on the hour as the visitors had a man in the sin bin and had already conceded one catch and drive try to Adam Caves.

 

But such things are niceties. This was a match for winning, be it by three points or 30 and in doing just that Moseley are within grasp of safety.