Preview to Moseley (H) 29.03.14


The return leg of this season's clash with Moseley sees the two side lock horns for the 4th time, and despite close-fought battles each time, the Islanders are yet to register a win over this proud club from the Midlands.

Jersey will be keen to make amends for the disappointment of last week's loss, and with a large home crowd expected, particularly as the day doubles as a charity fund-raiser for Macmillan Jersey, the Reds are sure to turn it on whilst wearing a unique strip designed for the occasion.

The home side currently have 5 wins in the league this season compared to Moseley's 7, and victory today for either side could see one or t'other move up a place in the standings; Jersey from 11th and Moseley from 8th. The visitors who narrowly lost last time out at home to Scottish are pretty much safe (although it is not mathematically impossible that they could be drawn into the relegation battle if a series of results were to conspire against them), and will be keen for the win and to cement their place in the table at the top of the bottom half.

Both sides have solid packs on which to build platforms, and both sides have been seen to score from all areas of the field so, with good ground and decent weather, we are sure for an entertaining afternoon.

The preview would not be complete without mention of the return of the ever-popular Ben Evans to St Peter, so whatever the result, there are bound to be lots of smiles, laughter and hugs after the game over a few beers…!

News from the Jersey camp

Following last week's unexpected and highly frustrating loss away to Ealing, Harvey is set to make a series of changes to the starting line-up, some through choice and others enforced.

Those likely to miss out this week through injury include Markham, Young and Voss who are all carrying niggles, and this in turn presents great opportunities for other squad members who get the chance to step up.

Any previous?

Jersey travelled to Billesley common for the last game before Christmas eagerly seeking some festive cheer, a win and a chance to leap-frog their hosts. It was not to be though, with the Greater Birmingham side holding out for a 10-3 victory, despite Jersey having been camped on the opposition line for a series of 9 reset scrums in the second half, but no PT! - full report here.

Out of the two encounters last term, Mose secured a good win in Jersey (12-31), including a Charlie Hayter hat-trick, before frustrating the Reds and taking the spoils on the return leg 23-19.

History of Moseley

Traditionally the leading rugby club in Greater Birmingham, Moseley's rich history includes representing Gt. Britain in the 1900 Paris Olympics, providing nine players to defeat the All Blacks in 1972, being a finalist in the first ever RFU knockout cup and winning the EDF trophy at Twickenham in 2009.

Ninety-Six Moseley players have represented their countries, including four as England captain and a number of British Lions.

Moseley fields sixteen Rugby Union sides, Men's, Ladies' and Juniors, through all ages and both sexes in their home at Billesley Common, near the centre of Birmingham, and are currently half-way through a project to build a new 700-seater stand, so will ultimately be able to provide covered seating for 1,300+ people.

Following the game

Don't forget that you can keep up-to-speed with news from Jersey v Moseley through the following channels:

  • Preview on BBC Radio Jersey on Friday from 5.30pm, and live commentary on Saturday evening (available online and on your transistor-wireless device).
    • Preview in Friday's JEP and full match coverage on Monday
    • Scoreflashes on @jerseyrfc Twitter and the 'Rolling Maul' rugby forum
  • Reports and match action on Channel TV online and on Monday evening at 6.15pm, and on BBC Channel Islands on Monday evening at 6.30pm

The Greene King IPA Championship this 'weekend'

Saturday March 29th

Jersey v Moseley, KO 15:00

Plymouth Albion v Cornish Pirates, KO 15:00

Bedford Blues v Rotherham Titans, 17:00

Sunday March 30th

London Scottish v London Welsh, KO 14:00

Bristol Rugby v Ealing Trailfinders, KO 15:00

Nottingham Rugby v Leeds Carnegie, KO 15:00

Other local rugby this weekend

Saturday 29th March
Jersey II v St Jacques (J)   LQ   11.30
Richmond Vikings v Jersey Athletic (S)  Away  11.15 
Beeches v Banks (J)   Gr   11.00 (Postponed)

Sunday 30th March
LQ Lydian Lions v Panthers (J)   LQ   10.30 (Double Header)
Aylesbury Ladies v Jersey Ladies (L)   Away 

Enjoy your weekend's rugby!
William Church

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