1st XV Match Preview V Aberavon (Away) Sat 20/08/2011 

At last! The first opportunity for Moseley supporters to sample the 2011/12 latest vintage of the club’s finest has arrived. Unlike a quick trip across the channel to bring back the delights of Beaujolais this particular robust red (and black) will be served up in South Wales.


The squad kicks off the pre-season at the Talbot Athletic Ground against last season’s August visitors to Billesley Common, the Aberavon Wizards. At this point we should get all cheap jokes about Harry Potter playing at fly half etc out of the way and concentrate on the rugby.


As ever the opportunity to arrange games against clubs that were a regular part of Moseley’s fixture list in the days before leagues is a welcome one. This game sees the third consecutive season the two teams have met with honours even at one game apiece.


Last season Aberavon finished a very credible 4th in the Principality Building Society Premiership just missing out on the playoffs. Aberavon will again be looking to challenge for the top spot this season having retained the majority of last season’s squad, with a number of new signings who will be pushing hard for starting places.


Aberavon has already made a winning start to the season having beat Ding Crusaders 40 – 7. In scoring six tries the Wizards clearly pose an attacking threat which Moseley’s defence must prove equal.


For Moseley this will provide an opportunity to build on the work already undertaken byKevin MaggsandCraig Westin training, melding together the players retained from last season, with the eleven new signings made during the summer.


As well as the new faces on the pitch Moseley supporters will also see a new style of play as the coaches have indicated they are looking for a more expansive style of rugby. Players are being encouraging to play the game as they see it develop rather than following rigid plans. By all accounts this is taking shape well with a number of the new players injecting pace and power into attacking moves.


One thing is certain, the attacking philosophy will not be delivered at the expense of a solid forward foundation, with the majority of last season’s dominant pack being retained along with key additions in the front and second row.


As ever we will get a warm welcome inWaleswhere Aberavon’s supporters are sure to be passionate about their team. Don’t forget that theMSAis running a coach to support the team so why not sign up to lend your voice to the Moseley cause.


And as for the weather……. lets hope we enjoy some sunny “spells” (Sorry could not resist)