THE BIG MATCH PREVIEW - by Glyn Barlow
Cambridge v Moseley
Pre-Season Friendly, Saturday 14th August
Kick off 3.00pm at West Renaults Park
This Saturday sees the first opportunity for supporters to view the new look Moseley squad for the 2010/11 season. With 16 returning players and 14 new signings there will be a number of unfamiliar faces and it will be interesting to see how new combinations fit together.
Our opponents, Cambridge Rugby Club formed over 80 years ago and recent seasons has seen rapid promotions through the national leagues to their current place in National Division 1, finishing 4th last season. Clearly a team that Moseley can ill afford to underestimate and one that will provide a tough opening test.
The majority of Cambridge’s successful 2009/10 squad have re-signed for this season and are complemented by a number of new players including ex England Students fly half Phil Ellis and James Knight from Bedford.
Like Moseley Cambridge place great emphasis on being a rugby club, not just a 1st XV, running 2nd & 3rd teams, Colts and a thriving Mini & Junior section. The club is rightly proud of having developed the talents of a number of players who have gone on to achieve international success including Dickie Jeeps of England, The British Lions and President of the RFU and Andy Hancock, whose famous 95 yard, injury time try in 1965 broke Scotland’s hearts.
For Ian Smith and his team the game will provide the first opportunity to put into practice the training drills that will have been worked upon through the summer. New players will be keen to stake their claim on a starting XV jersey come 28th August so we can expect some committed performances.
Most importantly we will be able to see if the summer signings have addressed the areas identified from last season as needing to be improved. Clearly the signings of experienced players in the back 3 would lead us to expect that this season Moseley will be mean when it comes to giving the opposition opportunities to score tries and again the pack looks to have the potential to dominate most.
So the waiting is over, the boots are being laced up again, don the red and black and get on the coach to Cambridge.
Can Moseley turn the undoubted potential of the players into a fitting league position?
Saturday will start to answer that question.
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