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MOSELEY FINALLY GET THE MESSAGE; RUGBY.

Byline: Brian Dick

DAN Sanderson hopes Moseley have gone from dropped balls to dropped pennies when they resume their Championship campaign at Bedford tomorrow.

Mose travel to Goldington Road this weekend on the back of a restorative victory and excellent performance in the previous league match against Bristol.

For Sanderson that 33-27 win, just Moseley's second of the season, represented a sign that Kevin Maggs' squad has finally got to grips with the changes the head coach has made.

Those have come both with the ball and without it and while Mose spent the first nine games demonstrating more cutting edge going forward, they have also been more vulnerable defensively.

However, the two facets came together against Bristol and Sanderson views that as proof Moseley can still escape the relegation play-offs.

"We have always had that in us," the second-row insisted.

"It was probably about the first time we have done 80 minutes, Cornish Pirates was 60, Nottingham 40 and the rest of the games we have given teams a 20-point head start.

"So it was nice, it just seemed to click, especially in defence, people were not over-committing to rucks. They would make a tackle, get on their feet ready for the next phase instead of honeypotting to the breakdown and leaving holes.

"It was nothing major, it's just that everyone played with a bit of common sense for a change, it was pleasing to be part of.

"I hope now that the penny has dropped. We had a strong XV out and hopefully the same thing will happen at Bedford.

"It's really simple and it's the first time we have done it, as a group for 80 minutes, even though Maggsy has been on about it all season."

However, recreating that intensity and cohesion will not be as simple at a venue where Moseley have not won in the modern era.

Indeed, it has been four matches since Bedford last won on their own, sloping patch and they will be keen to get stuck into one of the division's bottom feeders.

"They are a tough team at home, they have got a big set of forwards, physical and straight running," said Sanderson.

"I have played there before and the crowd is good, the team is good - it's going to be a really hard game.

"They have got a great rolling maul and we have not been dealing with that very well. We have to make sure if we are not stealing it then we are sacking it straight away otherwise we could be in trouble."

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 18, 2011
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