1st XV Match Preview V Rotherham Titans (Home) Fri 11/02/2011 



By Joe Heaton

Moseley v Rotherham Titans - RFU Championship at Billesley Common Friday, February 11,  Kick off 7.30 pm.


It is hard to believe, but this will be the last home match of this regular Championship season, with only next Saturday’s away match against Esher to follow. Thereafter there will be two B&I Cup matches against Ulster on the 23rd, and Bedford on the 26th, of this month and finally the relegation playoffs.

The relative positions in the Championship of the two clubs are:

                          P         W          D        L         F       A      BPts     Pts       Pos

Rotherham     20      9         0      11     408   523      6       42       7th

Moseley         20      4         3      13     360   622      3       25       11th

The  results of the last three Championship matches played by  Moseley and Rotherham Titans are:


29th January              Esher                     23       Rotherham        19

2nd February             B’ham / Solihull         25       Rotherham        24

5th February              Rotherham              35        Doncaster        34 



8th January                London Welsh        48        Moseley             12

29th January              Moseley                42        B’ham/ Solihull     16

5th February              Plymouth                6         Moseley             6

The match results of the two clubs against each other last season, and so far this season, are:

7th November 2009         Moseley       31    Rotherham   27         W

30th January  2010         Rotherham    7     Moseley       19         W

6th November 2010         Rotherham   28     Moseley      17          L    

Moseley has had an excellent run in the last four matches – three of them home wins. Last Saturday down in Plymouth, in foul conditions, heroic defence was demonstrated against the Albion in securing a 6-6 draw which augers well for the relegation playoff games.

At the other end of the country, however, a flawless kicking display (seven penalties and two conversions!) in appalling conditions by Argentinean Juan Pablo Socino helped Rotherham beat Doncaster 35-34 at home.  (This was the second match in a week, involving Rotherham, which had been decided by one point, for on the Wednesday before the Titans had been beaten away by Birmingham & Solihull 25-24).

The Moseley players will enter this game knowing, for better or for worse, that they will be playing in Pool C of the relegation play offs. They now have the opportunity for more than a month to prepare, both physically and mentally, for the trial this will represent. We wish them well as they do so.

Finally we should place our visitors in a wider context. For much of the twentieth century the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham was one of the great powerhouses of the United Kingdom. Sitting on a field of best quality coal, the town manufactured much of the country’s alloy and stainless steel and bred proud, strong and tough men to do so, above and below ground.

Few towns, however, suffered more from the sad decline of British heavy industry, and the move away from coal as an energy source, than Rotherham did. Nevertheless, the town and its rugby club survived, and at times the latter prospered beyond expectation. We should consider it a privilege to welcome them.


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