THE BIG MATCH PREVIEW- by Joe Heaton
Rotherham v Moseley
November 6th 2010
Kick off 2.00pm, @ Clifton Lane
First, I must thank Mike Pollak for standing in for me when on a recently delayed holiday in Spain & Portugal and writing such stimulating and thought provoking previews. It is amazing how Moseley’s rugby scene changed whilst we were away in the sunshine; clearly this is no club for the faint hearted!
Moseley played Rotherham four matches last season, two in the first Championship and two more in the Championship Relegation Play-offs. We won both Championship matches (!) and one of the vital Relegation Play-offs.
The relative place of Moseley and Rotherham after ten games in this season’s Championship however, is:
P W D L F A BP Pts Pos
Rotherham 10 5 0 5 212 265 3 23 7th
Moseley 10 2 2 6 190 326 1 13 11th
Moseley enter Saturday’s game in South Yorkshire after being beaten by a bonus winning four tries by Plymouth, who had arrived at Billesley Common below them in the lower reaches of the Championship. The previous week they only just beat Birmingham Solihull away by a superb injury time conversion by Ollie Thomas.
This will not do. A place in the relegation playoffs is looking a certainty and surviving them is beginning to worry many, who will continue to do so until Moseley considerably improve their standards of play for the whole of each match.
Many of Moseley’s problems appear to lie in a (hopefully) temporary loss of confidence and concentration, for we have seen sufficient evidence that the present players have the skills and experience to play effectively at the Championship level. However great our concern for the future may be, let us continue to wish them well.
So is Rotherham the place to start to put matters right? Last Saturday they may have lost away to Doncaster 26-13 but the previous weekend they beat Esher 25-22 at home. All in all they have won five matches and gained three bonus points so far this season. They will be looking forward to winning a sixth time this Saturday.
Traditionally, Rotherham, as befitted a club based at the heart of one of Britain’s premier steel making areas, played a forward orientated game but since the advent of the Championship Coach Andre Bester has steadily widened their game and they have scored 212 points this season.
Those who are able to make the journey north to Clifton Lane will be rewarded by a warm Yorkshire welcome by a club that is a true reflection of a fine community.
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