1st XV Match Preview V Jersey (h) Sat 03/10/2015 

by Glyn Barlow

This weekend we welcome our overseas visitors from Jersey to Billesley. Despite the logistics of an away trip the men from St Peter always bring an enthusiastic supporter base with them and we hope they enjoy (at least off the field) their first trip to the new look Common.

So far Jersey’s start to proceedings has somewhat mirrored Moseley’s winning one of their four fixtures to date against Cornish Pirates (17-15). This result has been tempered with losses to Yorkshire Carnegie (39-22), Doncaster (31-27) and Bristol (7-24).

Currently their 5 points sees them in 12th place in the league, one below Moseley. With just 6 points separating 7th and 12th places it would be foolish to draw any conclusions from current positions and it would not be surprising if there are some significant changes after this weekend’s games.

Over the summer Jersey have significantly changed their squad with 16 new players including the additions of Scotland U20’s players hooker Russell Anderson from Sale and back row Tommy Spinks from Glasgow Warriors, Centre Rhys Owen from Loughborough Students, props Sean McCarthy from Leinster and Cosmo Garfagnoli from Petrarca (Italy) and winger Richard Lane from Bath.

So far this season Jersey have proved to have an effective pack of forwards who are profiting from the use of driving mauls in attack, so ensuring favourable field position could be a key factor for Moseley’s game plan this week.

Last season, in the corresponding home fixture, the two teams reached stalemate 22 all, in a game where Moseley were too slow off the blocks. A 3-19 lead with 60 minutes gone looked desperate until Moseley clawed back to score the try & conversion which tied the game in the 79th minute. On the last day of the season Moseley travelled to Jersey, probably relaxing too much after having secured safety the previous weekend, and went down 40-21 conceding six tries. This weekend the squad probably owe the supporters who made that away trip a good win to make up for the poor performance witnessed.

Indeed based on the outing at Nottingham last Sunday the team will be feeling the need to show just what they can achieve. A reasonable first half saw Moseley fall off the pace after the interval allowing Nottingham to build a lead that ultimately proved to be too great to haul in come final whistle.

To start turning results around the team must ensure they keep the same level of concentration and intensity for the full 80+ minutes, if they do then we should see the start of an accent up the league.

Let’s hope the climb starts on Saturday