1st XV Match Preview V Bedford Blues (Home) Fri 05/03/2010 

BIG MATCH PREVIEW -

 

by Joe Heaton


MOSELEY v Bedford -  British & Irish Cup , at Billesley Common - Friday, March 5th 2010, k. o. 7.45pm
 


Moseley will approach this Friday’s match against Bedford in the British & Irish Cup in two minds, knowing they cannot progress in the cup, whatever the outcome.


Inevitably, some thoughts will be on the following Saturday’s crucial game against Bristol which will determine whether they are placed in the safety of the promotion playoffs, or in the relegation dogfight.


It will set a poser for the coaches – will they play their strongest line-up in the cup game to get the team in top gear for the following week, but possibly risk injury, or field a weakened team that will need to be changed again for the Bristol match.


That’s one for the coaches, who will take heart from the encouraging second half performance of a much-changed Moseley team who turned out in last Friday’s B&I cup encounter at Llanelli. Having fallen well behind in the first half, Mose scored three good second half tries to close the gap to four points before a late Llanelli burst made the final score 35-21.


Bedford too are already eliminated from the B&I Cup, even though they have won two and lost two of their games. Even if they beat Moseley, they cannot overtake London Welsh and Ulster who both have 16 points, to Bedford’s nine.


However, Bedford have the comfort of knowing they will be in the Championship playoffs and that they will be in Pool A along with Bristol, Cornish Pirates and whoever finishes eighth – if that team is Moseley it would mean we will end up playing Bedford five times in one season!


Bedford have won both their Championship games against us this season – 23-7 at Goldington Road back in November, and 26-19 at a bitterly cold Billesley in early February. Interestingly, Bedford’s 11 wins is only two more than Moseley’s, yet they are comfortably in the promotion playoffs. What would we give to have won even one of the Championship games that have slipped from our grasp in the last few minutes.


Which brings us back to our Cup encounter – it really will be all about Moseley’s performance and how they set themselves up for next week’s match against table-topping Bristol. To win that match they will need to be on top form and this week’s game could be a crucial stepping stone in getting the team in the right frame of mind.


It should be an entertaining encounter as coaches and supporters assess the form of those on the pitch and speculate on what would be our strongest line-up for the following week.

 

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