BIG MATCH PREVIEW - By Glyn Barlow
Well last Friday most supporters got their wish of Moseley actually turning up and playing with intensity for the first 40 minutes. A 14 – 8 half time lead boded well but unfortunately it was not to be as Plymouth snatched the game at the death with a somewhat harsh penalty try.
Despite the result the team can take forward a newfound belief into the game against Bristol. The return of Dan Sanderson and Mike Ellery has provided greater momentum in the pack and the back line continues to develop an ability to cross the gain line.
Let’s not underestimate the task ahead though. Bristol still top the championship table even after the heavy 44 - 6 loss to Rotherham last weekend. A result that may put more perspective on Moseley’s 36 – 8 defeat by the same opposition 2 weeks ago. No doubt this result, plus Bristol’s belief that they are true contenders for a place back in the Premiership this season, will make for tough opposition as always.
In order to mount their challenge for the top Bristol have made a number of significant signings, the latest being Tongan international William Helu who recently appeared on the wing in the world cup pool stages. He joins fellow South Sea Islander Fautua Otto from Samoa, New Zealand fly half Matty James from Sale, wing Matt Williams from Doncaster, full back Jon Goodridge and scrum half Louis Silver from Worcester. Another new face this season who will be very familiar at Moseley will be Tristan Roberts, who joined from Doncaster, let’s hope he still finds the Billesley breeze a challenge.
The two teams met twice last season with one game drawn and a high scoring loss at Bristol being the outcome of the encounters.
Sat 18/09/2010 Home 13‑13
Sun 28/11/2010 Away 32‑25
If Moseley are looking for positives to take into the game then they need only cast their minds back a few weeks to their B&I cup victory at the Memorial Stadium. While we can expect a number of changes from the teams that faced each other in October you can be sure that amongst others ex Bristol players Chevvy Pennycook, Andy Reay and (if fit) Jack Adams will be looking to make it two from two this season.
To be successful Moseley need to capitalise on their areas of strength in the pack and the ever threatening centre partnership, while cutting down on penalties given away. Most of all they need to follow on from last week with the same level of intensity that brought a try within 4 minutes, and then maintain it for the other 76.
Let’s hope this bonfire night Moseley light up the playing field and rocket their way to a win.
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