1st XV Match Preview V Nottingham (Away) Sun 27/11/2011 

BIG MATCH PREVIEW - By Glyn Barlow

 

So Sunday sees the third away trip in a row for Moseley and it’s been a road trip of mixed fortunes so far.

 

Following the pain of a heavy loss in South Wales a much changed Moseley side went to title chasers Bedford last week and left with pride intact, but alas pointless. So Sunday sees the third away trip in a row for Moseley and it’s been a road trip of mixed fortunes so far. Following the pain of a heavy loss inSouth Walesa much changed Moseley side went to title chasers Bedford last week and left with pride intact, but alas pointless.

 

Despite the loss, the players will take a number of positives from the match. Even if a win wasn’t on the cards, the players were unlucky not to pick up one or two bonus points for their efforts. Nobody could fault their work ethic and intensity and were it not for one or two lapses of concentration, a number of critical mistakes and a slice of luck toBedfordsomething could perhaps have been obtained from the game.

 

However when we view this match in conjunction with the last Championship game against Bristol the most noticeable change from early season is that the players have started to develop the frame of mind to play a full eighty minutes, and with it have proved that the best sides in the league can be challenged.

 

And the next challenge comes in the form of a Nottingham side which has itself endured a disappointing start to the season. Currently lying in 7th place; recent results have, however, seen five wins and a draw in seven games, suggesting a return to form. Clearly with the aspirations of the club to play rugby at the highest level, re-enforced by the link with Notts County Football club, the hosts will be looking to continue this trend on Sunday.

 

The Nottinghams quad has been recently bolstered by news that further funds have been made available for squad signings. The first of which, current Samoan Second row Filipo Levi, will be adding his 6’ 5” frame alongside fellow forward Brent Wilson and Junior All Black Scrum Half Sean Romans as soon as his visa is granted.

 

As will be recalled the two sides have already met this season at Billesley Common when Nottingham won by 10 – 20. This was a game when Moseley let slip a 10 point half time lead.  If the true potential of the Moseley team can be reached, a top eight finish is not impossible. However currently with fourteen points away from that position, all opportunities must be taken if that goal is to be obtained. This needs to start at Nottingham on Sunday.