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Bishop aims to climb twin peaks.


DOUBLE agent David Bishop has revealed he has two goals for the rest of the Championship season.

The much-travelled 27-year-old made his first Moseley start at Esher yesterday after a couple of months on the sidelines.

The former Ospreys centre says he wants to make up for lost time by getting his career back on track at Billesley Common.

But while he does it he also wants to help Ian Smith's side win their battle against the drop and what would be a traumatic relegation.

And he reckons his experience with Sale last season will stand him in good stead after the Sharks dodged demotion from the Premiership.

Having been forced to wait for his chance at Edgeley Park Bishop became a key part of the Sale side that struggled but eventually condemned Worcester to a season out of the top flight.

He identified team spirit as the key factor in that successful rearguard action and says he detects similar signs at Moseley.

"I had never felt pressure like I felt at Sale before. In the Magners League there is no relegation," Bishop said.

"Going there every Monday morning there was a bit of a crisis meeting, it was really high-pressure rugby.

"It's tough to perform in situations like that because there's that pressure for boys not to make mistakes and it can be really hard. Fortunately we turned it around.

"As a team you have to stick together, you can't go your separate ways and when things get tough you can't have boys saying this or that.

"You have to sing off the same hymn sheet, as long as you stick together and believe what you are doing is right you will get out of it.

Complained "When the cracks start to appear that is when it gets dangerous."

There have been times in the last couple of years when Moseley have not been the most unified force.

They almost went down last season as their forwards complained their backs were not finishing off their hard work.

But several players have noted recently that this year Smith's squad is a far happier place.

And since he signed from Edinburgh last month Bishop has sensed everyone pulling in the same direction.

"Since I have come here all the boys seem to be all in together, I can see the way they train and if they stick like that they will be OK," he predicted.

"I have only been here a few weeks but there are some good players, some really good individuals.

"To me it looks as though they are starting to believe and turn the corner. There's a good attitude at training, they have just got to believe and carry on in that vein."

Going into yesterday's clash at the Pillar Data Arena Mose had not tasted defeat since January 8, coincidentally a heavy loss at London Welsh which prompted one of their many honesty sessions.

It appears to have worked, though. Having initially nursed themselves back to health in the British & Irish Cup, they have carried that form into league action.

Bees were hammered 42-16 and Rotherham were beaten much more convincingly than the 9-5 scoreline suggests - the game in which Bishop made his debut.

Mose also went to Plymouth and fought for a 6-6 draw in a game Albion had targeted.

So with positive recent results against two of their three relegation rivals, Bishop's optimism should turn out to be well-placed.

And he hopes a good end to the campaign will enable him to recapture the form that, as a youngster, made him one of the rising stars in Welsh rugby.

Bishop's name was spoken in the same breath as Gavin Henson's when he burst on to the scene as a Wales Under-21.

But he shattered his knee cap playing for Ospreys in 2005 and that cost him nearly three seasons.

"There are times when it [retiring] goes through your head but then you go training, see the boys and pick up a ball and you know straight away that is what you want to do.

"One good game and it changes everything, you can have weeks of hardship and rehab and knocks but one good game, you score a try and it's the best feeling ever. You just have to remember those times."

And a few more to refresh the memory bank wouldn't hurt either.


MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME: Moseley's David Bishop
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2011
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