1st XV Match Preview V London Scottish (h) Fri 11/01/2013 

Match Preview - by Glyn Barlow

 

And so it's back to the B&I Cup following Moseley's first home Championship win of the season against Jersey. On Friday London Scottish will visit Billesley for what will be the Moseley 1st XV’s only evening game of the season. Games between our two clubs have recently been hard fought close encounters especially following the player movement between the clubs over the summer, and this one should be no exception.

 

For Moseley the prospects of progressing to the quarter finals of this competition are promising. Currently topping Pool 6 with a record of fifteen points from three wins compared with the Exiles fourth place with seven points and one win, Moseley also stands five points ahead of Gala, and six in front of Llanelli. A win against Scottish will ensure that it comes down to Moseley and the victor of Saturday’s pool game at Netherdale as to who will progress to the Quarter Finals. However the Scottish cannot be written off as a win at Billesley would put the London club right back in the mix.

 

 

Pool 6

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

B Pts

Pts

Adjust

Moseley

4

3

0

1

104

94

10

3

15

0

Gala

4

2

0

2

86

88

-2

2

10

0

Llanelli

4

2

0

2

111

111

0

1

9

0

London Scottish

4

1

0

3

107

115

-8

3

7

0

 

 

While the B&I cup has never been the main priority for Moseley this season a second win after the Jersey result would certainly be a further boost for the team’s confidence. It must be said that last Saturday’s game was not the perfect performance Moseley would have liked having allowed Jersey to claw back for a bonus point while also missing out on a fifth point when 23-9 ahead. However the result is what mattered and the team played some impressive rugby for the first sixty minutes of the match to secure the win.

 

In recent weeks the Scottish have produced some impressive performances not least of which was beating high flying Bedford 26 - 23 last weekend. The week prior to that the London club gave Newcastle a huge scare having travelled North to Kingston Park, only just losing by 12 - 9. Prior to this honours had been even in two B&I cup games against Llanelli, so it would appear that the Scottish are in a good run of form and will provide Moseley with a stern test on Friday.

 

This change in fortunes may be aligned to the squad moving away from a part time approach, with training now taking place during the day rather than just evenings. This step resulted in six players leaving as they were unable to commit to a full time rugby schedule. Off the field the club has appointed French legend Serge Betsen as defensive coach and with his pedigree you can be sure that Friday’s opponents will be well schooled in disrupting and securing breakdown ball. CEO Tony Copsey has also departed to London Welsh and been replaced by former Glasgow Chief Executive Kenny Baillie.

 

To date this season the two clubs have met twice with Scottish taking the Championship game and Moseley the Cup.

 

Sat 20th Oct

B&I Cup

London Scottish

37 – 41

Moseley

Sat 24th Nov

Championship

London Scottish

23 - 18

Moseley

 

Indeed Moseley and London Scottish are no strangers. In addition to a rivalry which goes back over a century the two clubs have played each other six times in the last two seasons with the Scottish having won four to Moseley's two.

 

Both games this season have been played at Richmond, so this Friday will provide many Moseley supporters with a first opportunity to reacquaint themselves with a number of former Moseley players who decided to migrate south east during the summer. We are sure that Messer's Reay, Pennycook, Spivey and Quigley will be given a warm Billesley welcome and that their counterparts in the current Moseley squad will be keen to prove that they are more than adequate replacements. 

 

Another boost for Moseley last week was the increase in the number of tries as the three scored represented as many as Moseley had managed in the last three games added together. However it was more the manner of the tries that was most satisfying. A clean break from set piece by Glyn Hughes set up a long distance run in for Charlie Hayter and two excellent tries from forward pressure were more in keeping with the type of game the coaches have been looking to develop this season. Also the lineout started to function effectively and, even against a well drilled Jersey pack, some quality ball was being delivered to the backs.

 

If the team can start replicating the best parts of last week's performance and keep it up throughout the whole game we will enjoy some more positive results. Let's hope Friday is one of them.