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KEV'S HAPPY TO BE BOGEY MAN.

Byline: RUGBY By Brian Dick

EVENTUALLY even the most troublesome bogeys are extricated but Kevin Maggs is hoping that day doesn't come this Saturday as his reinvigorated Moseley smell another upset against Bristol.

Mose have an excellent record against one of the Championship's big hitters having backed up last season's pair of wins from three games, with another early this.

In attacking terms that breathless 22-21 victory at the Memorial Stadium was Moseley's best performance of the campaign, as impish fly-half Glyn Hughes led the Bris back-line a merry dance.

And even though they have improved considerably since, if Bristol arrive in Birmingham expecting anything less than doughty resistance they could find their wait for a first ever win at Billesley Common extends by another year.

That is certainly Maggs's intention. "They are a lot more stable than when we beat them down there," the head coach said.

"But it's a good chance for us. We beat them at home last season and away this season so we have been a bit of a bogey side for them.

"It's about getting the right attitude, performing and showing our fans what it means to play for Moseley and our players showing that they will fight for everything.

"But it's going to be tough.

They have obviously got more resources than we have so we have got to come out fighting for our lives and take the game to them by getting the tempo up. They have proved in the past they have not been able to live with that."

That was certainly the case the last time they were in the Midlands when, in November 2011 Ollie Thomas inspired his team to a 33-27 victory. The season before that Bris had been held 13-13 and on the last day of the 2009-10 campaign Mose simply overwhelmed the Westcountrymen.

They could do with another display in which passion and accuracy operate in perfect harmony this weekend, particularly given the fact Championship safety seems closer than it has done all term.

Doncaster's defeat at home to London Scottish last Friday means, with eight matches to go, Mose have a seven-point cushion on the unseated Knights Not that Maggs is taking anything for granted. "They got a point out of it and it seems London Scottish were lucky to win because they got a breakaway try at the end," he said.

"It's in our hands, the boys are more determined than ever to get where we want to be, we've got eight games, five at home and hopefully that will stand us in good stead."

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