1st XV Match Preview V Exeter (Away) Sat 20/02/2010
BIG MATCH PREVIEW
by Joe Heaton
Exeter v Moseley, at Sandy Park , RFU Championship, Saturday, February
20th 2010, k.o. 3.00 pm
Every point counts! This is the first of two final Championship matches
proper (the other being against Bristol) which will decide whether Moseley
can avoid the four team relegation play- offs by finishing eighth in the
The current forecast by the best authorities (notably members of Moseley
Matters editorial team who have predicted seventeen out of the last eighteen
Championship games correctly) is that Plymouth and Moseley, competing for
the crucial safe eighth place, will tie on 43 points. If this occurs the
outcome will be decided first by the number of wins and then, if necessary,
by points difference.
The latter, however, is likely to be in Plymouth’s favour so it is essential
that Moseley either beat Exeter (or Bristol) by a cricket score, or at least
earn a bonus point! The reality of this challenge is illustrated by an
extract from the present Championship table:
W D L F A BP P Pos
Exeter 20 17 0 3 601 329 10 78 2nd
Moseley 20 9 0 11 395 482 6 42 7th
The results of recent Exeter v Moseley matches over last, and this season,
further illustrate how difficult it will be on Saturday to bring a bonus
point, let alone a win, back to Birmingham.
Sept 08 Exeter v Moseley L 70-10 National League One
Mar 09 Moseley v Exeter W 34-24 National League One
Sept 09 Moseley v Exeter L 25-50 Championship
The reason for this is that, since the start of the season, Exeter has had a
well funded professional side (cf. Moseley who are semi- professional)
reflected in a current second place to Bristol in the Championship, with
high hopes of winning the Promotion Play-offs.
The Chiefs have made no secret of their ambition to play in the Premiership
next season. Boosted by the extra income generated by their recently
upgraded, purpose built ground, Sandy Park, they have assembled a talented
squad and expectations are high. Exeter Rugby Club has come a long way since
the leagues started in season 1987-88 with saw the club start in National
League Two. This will therefore be a twelfth season in rugby’s second tier
in which the Devonians have reached second place in 2004-05, 2007-08 and
again last season.
Exeter, capital of Devonshire, is situated on the River Exe, ten miles from
the sea, in the south west of England and has a modest population of 125,000
It was granted a charter by Henry the Second. The city is full of character
and ancient history and is home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, which
dates back to Norman times.
Although it will be a very “tough ask” on Saturday, let us fervently hope
that the Moseley faithful will have more to appreciate from a rugby
perspective from a visit to Exeter than from the city’s other charms.
Please note revised KO of 3pm.
Sandy Park Stadium
Sandy Park Way
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