The Big Match Preview - By Glyn Barlow
Saturday sees both a visit to London Welsh and the drawing to a close of 2011, a year many a Moseley player and supporter will be happy to see the back of. The 2011 part of the 2011/12 campaign has seen a number of “what might have been” moments, excellent wins and baffling losses. A real mixed bag if ever there was one.
And last Saturday proved to be one of those baffling losses as, having achieved two impressive Championship wins in a row, most believed Moseley would have a good chance of a hat trick. Unfortunately it was not to be as Moseley failed to take on London Scottish up front which, coupled with some wayward kicking and indiscipline cost them the game.
Admittedly this was not the London Scottish team which Moseley faced earlier in the season having undergone some intensive recruitment in recent weeks; however in the second half you would expect Moseley to have taken greater advantage of the gale force wind blowing across the Common to strangle a win out of their opposition.
This weekend provides an opportunity for the team to address the deficiencies of last week and take some momentum into the New Year. Clearly coaches Maggs & West still need to find a way to instil a consistent level of performance in a team that has the potential but is finding it difficult to realise it on the field.
Currently standing in third place in the league London Welsh will provide a stiff challenge having won nine of fifteen matches to date. The surprise Boxing day draw against Esher, coming on the back of a loss to Nottingham, will probably result in a backlash from the exiles on Saturday.
Moseley will not need any reminding of the dangers the Welsh pose having lost earlier in the season 16-41, in the reciprocal game where Moseley proved to be far too generous in the first half gifting Welsh an 18 point lead.
Recent signings by the Welsh include former Wasps and England Saxons Prop Tom French, who joins a pack that will provide a stern test for the Moseley eight. There is never a better time to make a stand and return some pride to the pack.
Other areas the team must focus on include cutting out the giving away of penalties in promising attacking positions and playing a more astute tactical game. There is a need for some of the more senior squad members to start taking a lead in dictating changes in tactics as the game evolves.
Let’s hope the Moseley players decide to see out 2011 with some fireworks of their own and enter the New Year with heads held high.
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