Following last Friday’s impressive home win over fifth place Bristol, Moseley have the opportunity to go one better this Saturday as they entertain fourth place Leeds.
This is match 3 of a busy 4 match March programme at home for Moseley who are starting to enjoy home advantage in their quest to move away from the relegation zone.
Home support will be aware though that they face a tough challenge from visitors on track for a playoff berth and Leeds will be looking for maximum points from this encounter to put some space between Bristol and themselves.
2012/13 has so far seen some mixed results for Leeds. Fine home wins over London Scottish and Cornish Pirates in recent weeks have been tempered by away losses to bottom placed Doncaster and Jersey.
Indeed it is Leeds away form that will be most concerning them having only won two out of nine games on the road this campaign, to Scottish and Rotherham, and they must look back to November for the last of them.
Since Moseley have been in the Championship they have not yet registered a win over Leeds in league rugby – though success at Twickenham in the 2009 EDF Energy Trophy final went some way to consoling the ‘Red and Blacks’!
For Moseley to succeed in breaking this record they will need to nullify the threat of winger David Doherty who has already claimed twelve this season. Moseley will be well aware of the threat he presents as he scored two tries in their 38 – 12 defeat in November. Further threats will come from the likes of club captain and back row forward Jacob Rowan who has helped himself to seven tries so far this season.
Moseley will have one advantage going into this game having been able to work out Leeds lineout plays following their appearance on TV’s Question of Sport. Unfortunately we probably cannot count on them selecting Phil Tufnell in their second row!
Moseley’s advance ticket offers remain in place for both this game and the Easter Saturday fixture against London Scottish (Sat 30th ko 3.00pm). Simply call the club on or by the Wednesday before the game, pay by card and enjoy up to 30% reduction against standard gate entry.