1st XV Match Preview V Rotherham Titans (Away) Sat 17/04/2010 



by Joe Heaton

Rotherham v Moseley, at Clifton Lane, RFU Championship,
Saturday, 17th April  2010, k.o. 3.00 pm

The pressure in the Pool C Championship relegation playoffs is increasing.

The home match three weeks ago against Rotherham, which resulted in a last minute win 29-30 for the Titans, stretched the nerves of Moseley’s members and supporters to breaking point. After surrendering a half time lead of 26-10 the Moseley players found themselves, five minutes into injury time, with a relatively straightforward penalty on Rotherham’s 22 metre line to win. It was not to be, however, and four precious points went begging.

The loss of the following match away at Coventry 9-6, in atrocious conditions, was a further set back. However all the matches have been close and valuable bonus points have been obtained in each game. Therefore while Moseley props up Pool C, there is only one point behind Coventry and only two behind B’ham/Solihull.

There was only one match in the Pool last Saturday, in which Rotherham beat B’ham/Solihull 19 -29 at Sharman’s Cross Road. This result had no immediate effect on the present final three positions, but ultimately could be significant in determining the relegation spot.

Entering this weekend’s matches, Pool C stands thus:

                 P W D L  F   A  BP Pts

Rotherham 4 4 0 0 129 71 4 20
Bees          4 2 0 2   85 97 0 6*
Coventry    3 1 0 2   27 54 1 5
Moseley      3 0 0 3  49 60 4 4

*Bees deducted 2 points for fielding an unregistered player

Moseley’s final two fixtures are both Saturday home matches;
24th April Coventry
1st May Bees

The other fixtures of consequence in this Pool are:

18th April Bees v Coventry
1st May Coventry v Rotherham

There is no doubt that the Moseley players have capability to win the last three games, witness the magnificent victory over Championship leaders Bristol a month ago. The team also entered the mini-competition with a respectable record of having won nearly half of the games played in the Championship proper.

It is more than that, however with the cumulative effects of a hard season on a small squad on players. Last weekend’s layoff should hopefully have provided a welcome respite to allow some recovery from injury to take place.

Strong support from the members and supporters of the club is essential at Rotherham, especially if, as expected, the game gets tight. However the spirit in our club is evidenced by a full supporters coach going up for the game  (call now for the last few spaces 07810-850459 ).

The Previews of all three matches against Rotherham so far this season (Championship & Relegation Playoffs) have reviewed the history and recent performance, season by season, of this traditional rugby club. Interesting though this has been, it is not something that should be at the front of our minds on Saturday.



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