B&I Cup Quarter Final - Sunday 13th March 2016
3.00pm KO @ Headingley
By Glyn Barlow
Anybody having a strange feeling of Deja-vu?
For the second week running Moseley face Yorkshire Carnegie, but this time in a cup quarter final rather than a league encounter.
Last week, as you will be aware, Moseley put up a much improved performance against the Yorkshiremen but unfortunately were unable to secure any vital league points.
Some cold comfort may have been found in that those close to Moseley in the league also found points impossible to come by, so all remains as is.
This Sunday Moseley face some interesting decisions on how to approach the game. While progressing to the semi-finals would be nice, it is rather overshadowed by the threat of league demotion. Whatever way you look at it a win would be a good morale boost in the current circumstances.
The game provides a further opportunity to build upon the improvements of last week. The team needs to address a lack of line breaks, in that the never really troubled the Carnegie backline off set piece or breakdown with any regularity. George Watkins showed just what the backs can offer with a well-taken try at the end but it was a case of too little ball, too late for the back three. To trouble a team as good as Carnegie there will need to be far quicker ball from breakdown, and a heads up game looking for spaces, not players to run into.
Certainly last week Moseley were hampered in their efforts by injury and will be hoping Chris Brightwell and Drew Cheshire make speedy recoveries, but do you risk your best players this week, or keep them safe for the league? If you do rest them for a two week gap in games will they be as sharp mentally for the challenge of the Pirates away? Do you give some players who have been on the fringes a chance to shine? Who would be a coach eh?
Another area that will need to be improved upon is discipline. Sadly, the ten-minute sin binning last week gave Carnegie the chance to score two tries and pull away from Moseley. The blame does not land just at the binned player’s door; it was a culmination of misdemeanours that need eliminating.
On top of all that they need to contain the likes of Kevin Sinfield, who showed some sublime touches of skill and two try back row Andy Saul.
A big task, but not an unsurmountable one, and Moseley have a reasonable track record in cup games against Carnegie. Let’s get back to winning ways lads.
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