1st XV Match Preview V Bedford (a) Sat 12/09/2015 

by Glyn Barlow

Well who would have dared to dream the outcome of last Friday’s trip to London Scottish?

Clearly the players and coaches did, and they did more than just dream they delivered what might just be one of the upsets of the season winning 15-23.

To add spice to this Saturday’s encounter Bedford managed to pull off the other surprise of the first weekend of the Championship by beating Bristol 23-29.

So it’s a top four clash to look forward to at Goldington Road. Has rather a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Before we get too carried away by the rarefied atmosphere at these heady heights one win does not a season make and we can expect the usual tough challenge from the Blues. Clearly the Bristol game wasn’t a fluke though as they beat Rabo12 team Llanelli Scarlets in pre-season 13 – 27, having already seen off recently demoted Plymouth 18-45. On a bit of a roll then.

This season Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has drafted in a number of high quality players including back row Joel Conlon & centre Tom Griffiths on a season loan from Saracens, scrum half Jorden Burns from Harlequins, Scotland U20 hooker Sam James, Wasps duo of full back Piers O’Conner & prop Alex Lundberg also on season long loans, England 7s player Sam Blancett on the wing. Ireland U20 Mark Flanagan joins in the second row from Mont-de-Marson in Pro D2 while Blues favourite Myles Dorrian re-joins after a spell at Exeter and London Irish.

Last season Bedford won both encounters, a reversal of the previous season when Moseley achieved the double. Must be Moseley’s turn this season then?

Saturday 3rd January

Moseley

15 – 23

Bedford

Saturday 11th April

Bedford

31-21

Moseley 

While Moseley will have been very pleased with last week’s result you can be sure they will not be resting on past glories and there will have been plenty of focus in training on want can be improved. The team showed great intensity and resolve at Richmond but won’t be happy to have let Scottish score three tries. Although Glyn Hughes was exemplary with the boot the team will also not want to rely on opposition misdemeanours to score points and will be keen to add to the try tally.

If this game follows the pattern of most recent encounters between the two clubs we should be in for a most entertaining and enjoyable match.