1st XV Match Preview V Yorkshire Carnegie (a) Sun 25/10/2015 

by Glyn Barlow

Moseley travel to Yorkshire this Sunday lifted by last weekend’s success over Ealing.

It may have seemed a long time coming waiting for that next win, but when it did it was worth the wait. Finally the team delivered what it had been hinting at in patches through the previous few weeks, and a five try fulfilment of expectations was the result.

Looking forward however, we need to temper things with realism as the team takes on the side currently sitting second in the league having won five of their seven fixtures while securing five four try bonus points.

Carnegie come into this fixture off the back of a narrow loss to league leaders Bristol in a 47-42 eleven try fest, five of those being picked up by back row Josh Bainbridge a record for a Championship game. Their only other loss to date was against London Scottish (27-30) successes have come against Doncaster (27-20), Pirates (13-26), Ealing (40-28), Rotherham (11-20) and Jersey (39-22).

Following a 6th place finish last season Carnegie looked to strengthen their chances of promotion by drafting in scrum half/fly half Joel Hodgson and Scottish international second row Tom Ryder from Saints, winger Seb Stegmann and England international second row Dean Scofield from London Welsh, centre Tom Casson from Harlequins, prop Rob O’Donnell from Worcester and back row Andy Saul from Sale.

In a much publicised move the club has also agreed the transfer of England Rugby League captain Kevin Sinfield from Leeds Rhinos. With his commitments to his current club finished, following captaining the team to Grand Final victory, that first game must now be imminent.

Moseley and Carnegie met twice last season with the Yorkshiremen winning both.

Friday 19th Sept 14

Moseley

28 – 32

Yorkshire Carnegie

Sunday 1st Feb 15

Yorkshire Carnegie

32 – 17

Moseley

 

For Moseley to triumph this Sunday they must take the quality of their play up to another level over that which we saw against Ealing. Clearly last week demonstrated that the backline can create opportunities with ball in hand, but we will need a big game from the pack to secure ball against a strong Carnegie eight. The team will not have been happy to have allowed Ealing back into the game after leading 28-10 and need to ensure they keep the intensity and focus for the full game.

It was great to see the return of Mike Penn last week coupled with the attacking desire of the likes of Drew Cheshire and Aaron Pinches, let’s hope it’s a foretaste of what is to come.