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Moseley Boxing Day Preview – 3pm Kick Off

Moseley Boxing Day Preview – 3pm Kick Off

London Scottish resumes their Championship league campaign on Boxing Day with an away fixture at Moseley. Scottish will be looking to build on the success of their win against Melrose in the British & Irish Cup. The team will be going into this match, buoyed by the news that they have strengthened their squad through the addition of Canada World Cup back row player Adam Kleeburger until the end of the season and former Scotland A winger Mark Robertson on a short term deal.

London Scottish resumes their Championship league campaign on Boxing Day with an away fixture at Moseley. Scottish will be looking to build on the success of their win against Melrose in the British & Irish Cup. The team will be going into this match, buoyed by the news that they have strengthened their squad through the addition of Canada World Cup back row player Adam Kleeburger until the end of the season and former Scotland A winger Mark Robertson on a short term deal.

 

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London Scottish return to Moseley on Boxing Day for a fixture against our old rivals, whom we have played games against on many occasions over the years.  The match next Monday will take on more significance as both sides find themselves in relegation pool positions in the league.  No doubt both sides will enter this match keen to ensure victory in what is anticipated to be a keenly fought and tough encounter.  Scottish will have taken great heart and confidence from their victory over Melrose, which provides the team with momentum going into the match.

Since the sides last locked horns in October the fortunes of both sides have fluctuated.  Moseley have recently gone on a two match winning sequence, winning 17 -15 at home against Doncaster Knights and backing this up with a 14 – 29 away victory at bottom placed Esher.  They will be looking to make that a hat trick of wins on Monday, something the club has not achieved in the Championship since the 2009/10 season.  Moseley has also recorded a very good home win against Bristol at the beginning of November and ran Leeds Carnegie very close away losing out by a single point in a 22 -21 loss.  The Moseley team who lost to Scottish in Richmond has changed relatively little since, with their Namibian World Cup scrum half player Ryan De La Harpe returning to the fold as their only significant addition.

For Scottish we have added a number of players to our squad since our last encounter with Moseley, with the latest additions being Canadian World Cup back row star Adam Kleeburger and former Scotland A winger Mark Robertson.  Add in our Argentine signings and Scottish has significantly boosted the quality of the squad and potential threats available to the coaching team.  Should Kleeburger, together with Augstin Gosio, Alfredo Lalanne and Ben MacDougall all be selected, it will be the first time that Scottish has fielded four internationalists for a considerable period of time.  In fact, this set the mind racing back to when this last occurred: the last time Scottish fielded four internationalists was in their last ever match before the club went into administration against Bath in the 1998/99 season.  For the record they were Ronnie Eriksson (Scotland), Simon Holmes (Scotland), Jannie De Beer (South Africa) and Paul Johnstone (Zimbabwe).  From a Moseley perspective their current Head Coach Kevin Maggs also played in this match for Bath.

For Scottish supporters intending to make the journey, they should note with it being a Boxing Day fixture there will be no trains running on the day, so it will be down to cars for transportation.  For those using Sat Nav they should enter the post code B13 0PT into their devices, which in theory should take you straight to the ground.  For the non-techies they should either follow the M40 to M42, then South West to Junction 3 or the M1 to M6 then M42 SW to Junction 3.  Then take the A435 towards Birmingham and after 1.5 miles go straight through the first roundabout.  After another 2.5 miles at the roundabout with the large Sainsbury’s, take the third exit towards Shirley & Solihull. After another 1 mile turn left opposite Peterbrook Primary School into Wood Road and continue across a large roundabout 3rd exit.  You will then pass a bus garage on your left and cross a double-mini roundabout.  After another half mile, cross two pedestrian crossings and turn left before the Health Centre onto Billesley Common.

The match on Boxing Day will be a great contest and the team will be greatly encouraged by a strong showing by the Scottish supporters.  This will be a crucial match for both sides and let’s celebrate the festivities in style with a league double over Moseley.  Have a great Christmas, enjoy the game and see you all there.

Many thanks to Scottish supporter Mal Steel for providing the information on the Bath game.

The following is courtesy of the Moseley website www.moseleyrugby.co.uk 

We look forward to welcoming London Scottish and their supporters on Monday 26th December 2011 to Billesley Common for an RFU Championship fixture – Moseley v London Scottishwith a 3.00pm kick off.

How to find us 

Directions for travel to the ground are on the club website www.moseleyrugby.co.uk (How to find us). This includes details of train and bus travel. Train and bus to the ground is relatively straightforward.

Car parking is free, and disabled badge holders can park right next to the wheel-chair friendly clubhouse. To avoid congestion (and to keep our neighbours happy!) please follow the directions on the website and approach the ground from the South.

Catering

The catering facilities are open from 12 noon on match day serving a variety of food such as “panini”, Chilli, jacket potatoes, succulent pork baps (described by a Rotherham visitor as “the best pork butty in Christendom!”)  healthy sandwiches as well as the usual “chips with everything” from three different serving locations. We received plaudits from many visiting supporters last season.

Real Ale Update

We always have a choice of real ales. The brand may change depending on availability but the last home games have featured Marston’s Mansfield, Wye Valley’s HPA & Purity’s UBU and Mad Goose.

Match Preview & Report

Moseley's match preview is scheduled to be on the club website (click on 1st XV then fixtures) by the Tuesday running up to the game. The Birmingham Post and/or The Birmingham Mail will carry the first match reports which should be on-line by the following day.  www.birminghammail.net

Match Day entry

Adults are £15; Seniors £10; Students £6; Under 16s £3. The covered stand is £2 extra – please pay at the stand NOT the gate. ID required for concessions.

Club Shop
The ideal present for your friends and relatives! All Moseley branded and a souvenir of your visit!
The club shop is located at the end of the hospitality boxes facing the clubhouse.
 
Further information
Further information is on the club website www.moseleyrugby.co.uk
If you can't immediately find what you're looking for – go to 'What's New' and click on 'A-Z' at the top of the page.
 
If you have any queries please contact us either at the clubhouse on 0121 443 3631 or via email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk
 
We look forward to your visit!
 
Regards
Moseley Communications Team

 

PS: We would be delighted to hear what your supporters thought of their visit, both good and where we can improve – they’d be most welcome to email us info@moseleyrugby.co.uk

Moseley 16 – 29 London Scottish

Moseley 16 – 29 London Scottish

London Scottish recorded their first away win of the season at a windswept Moseley on Boxing Day. Playing with the wind behind their backs in the first half they raced away to a 23 - 0 lead. They contained the Moseley side in the second half, who had second row Dan Sanderson sent off late in the match. With this win, Scottish moved one place ahead of their hosts to 9th in the league table.

London Scottish recorded their first away win of the season at a windswept Moseley on Boxing Day. Playing with the wind behind their backs in the first half they raced away to a 23 – 0 lead. They contained the Moseley side in the second half, who had second row Dan Sanderson sent off late in the match. With this win, Scottish moved one place ahead of their hosts to 9th in the league table.

On a bitterly cold wind swept Billesley Common, London Scottish kicked off with the wind directly behind them.  In the opening phases of the game Scottish kept the home side hemmed in their 22 metre area and Moseley were penalised for holding on.  Fly half Dan Mugford converted to give Scottish an early lead.  It was clear from the off that the weather conditions would dictate play.  Scottish were awarded another penalty on the 9th minute when the pack stole the first shunt in the scrum, as the Moseley pack were driven back at a great rate of knots collapsing the scrum.  The Scottish backs on the 12th minute showed their capabilities when scrum half Simon Amor broke from the base of the scrum and passed to Mugford who broke the line before off loading to centre Ben McDougall.  The Scottish backs pressed home their advantage, before knocking on 10 metres short of the try line.

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On the 15th minute Scottish scored their first try of the match when following a very good backs move, centre Charles Hayter cut through the Moseley back line.  As he closed in on the Moseley full back, Anthony Carter, he off loaded to McDougall who touched down to the left of the posts.  Mugford added the extras to put Scottish 10 – 0 ahead.  Scottish was now totally dominating the opening quarter of the match and a penalty against Scottish at the ruck allowed Moseley to relieve the pressure and tempo being exerted by the away side.  On the 25th minute the Moseley flanker Neil Mason was penalised for going round the side of the ruck offside, kicking the ball out of the rear of the ruck.  Mugford converted from 5 metres just inside the Moseley half.

Scottish increased their lead on the half hour mark when the home side conceded a penalty at the ruck on their 22 metre line immediately in front of the posts.  Mugford converted.  The Moseley cause was further dented when their number eight, Chevvy Pennycock, was yellow carded for attempting to kick Amor at a ruck, and was dispatched to spend the next ten minutes watching from the sidelines.  Just before the half time break, Scottish produced a scintillating phase of play through their backs, with the ball being passed through hands out to winger Agustin Gosio on the right flank.  The ball was then driven forward by the pack in a series of rolling mauls. Scottish was awarded a scrum 5 metres short of the Moseley line and to the right of the posts.  Moseley were penalised at the scrum and Scottish opted for a re-set scrum.  The Scottish scrum drove their opposite pack back, with number eight Willie Lipp picking up at the base of the scrum and being driven over by his fellow forwards.  Mugford converted to put Scottish in a commanding position at the half time break, 23 points ahead.

Scottish came out for the second half in the face of a driving gale force wind, with rain just adding to the difficult weather conditions.  Moseley opened their account on the 43rd minute when they were awarded a penalty on the Scottish 10 metre line after the assistant referee flagged for a late challenge, with the referee awarding the penalty conversion attempt from where the ball had landed from the up and under kick.  Fly half Brad Davies converted.  Scottish then took play into the Moseley 22 metre area and the home side were penalised for coming in at the side of the ruck.  Mugford converted.  On 45 minutes Scottish conceded another penalty for not rolling away at the ruck, 10 metres outside their 22 metre area in the middle of the pitch.  Davies reduced the arrears.  Shortly later Scottish conceded a further penalty with Davies converting his third penalty of the match.

Scottish had another opportunity to add to their tally on the 52nd minute when Moseley were penalised for not releasing the tackled player.  Mugford however, pulled his kick as the strong head wind pushed the ball to the right of the posts.  A few minutes later the Moseley flanker Neil Mason was yellow carded for deliberately killing the ball to slow play down as Scottish were attacking in the home sides 22 metre area.  Mugford converted to put Scottish 9 – 29 ahead.  On the hour mark Scottish hooker Tom Stansfield was the latest player to spend 10 minutes on the sidelines after he was yellow carded.  Moseley scored their only try of the match when their forwards drove deep into the Scottish 22 metre.  From a series of rolling mauls the Moseley Namibian international replacement scrum half Ryan De La Harpe dived over close to the Scottish posts.  Davies converted to leave the score line 16 – 29.

Moseley began to sense that they could gain a losing bonus point and began to throw the kitchen sink at the Scottish defence, which to its credit held firm for the remainder of the match.  In a move close to the end of the game Moseley were awarded a penalty as they were pressing across the width of the pitch; however the assistant referee signalled for foul play.  After a period of consultation between the match officials, the Moseley second row Dan Sanderson was shown a straight red card for striking an opponent.  The game ended shortly later with Scottish deservedly gaining their first away win of the season.

With Scottish recording their first back to back victories of the season, they moved a point ahead of their hosts in the league table in 9th position.  With wins in the regular season counting towards the play offs, the club now have 4 points ahead of the play offs, with more opportunities remaining.  The backs look to have clearly benefited from their coaching sessions with the Scotland national backs coach Gregor Townsend and their play yesterday was of the highest quality, complementing another immense performance by the pack.  The team will now re-group ahead of their Ne'er's Day fixture away at Leeds Carnegie, which will no doubt be another very tough challenge at the home of the former Premiership outfit in Headingley.  Look out for the match preview later in the week.

Simon Elliott selected Dan Mugford as the away supporters Man of the Match.

 

 

 

 

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