1st XV Match Preview V Rotherham (a) Sat 10/10/2015 

By Glyn Barlow

This week Moseley make the first of two trips to Rotherham this season (league & cup), following the disappointment of defeat at home to Jersey in their last fixture.

Two well taken tries in the first half, orchestrated by Glyn Hughes, left the team in a relatively hopeful position at half time unfortunately they were to see the game slip away in the second forty as Jersey’s pack dominated.

Discipline proved to be an issue with three yellow cards proving very costly, the team operating with thirteen men at one point. They may have left the field slightly aggrieved that the same offences in reverse seemed not to attract similar punishment, however this should be no excuse for an under par performance.

While Moseley were struggling at Billesley Rotherham were suffering a loss as well at Bristol (28-12). On balance however they will be fairly satisfied with the start of their league campaign having beaten Doncaster (30-23), Pirates (24-26) and Ealing (24-23) with only one other reversal against fellow Yorkshiremen Carnegie (11-20) to dampen spirits. In a very tight league so far these good results have only secured Titans seventh place, six points above Moseley, as bonus points have proved hard to come by.

Last season honours went to the away team on both occasions the teams met in two hard fought encounters.

Fri 26th December

Rotherham

22 – 26

Moseley

Fri 27th March

Moseley

26-32

Rotherham

 

In the build up to the new season new head coach Mark Jones have introduced a number of new faces including Wales U20 back Ross Jones from Ospreys, Australian back row Tim Cree, Canadian international flanker Kyle Gilmour, second row Toby Salmon from London Irish and Scarlets hooker Darren Harris.

A trip to Clifton Lane always presents a tough challenge up front and the pack will be keen to impress after last Saturdays performance, while the backs can hopefully produce some more of the flair we have only seen in patches to date.

While results have not met the hopes raised by the opening week at London Scottish some perspective needs to be kept in that Moseley have been facing full time teams, who will be working through drills every day of the week, so its perhaps not surprising that opposition play have appeared more cohesive. This will come and we need to have a little more patience as the guys work through the challenges ahead of them.