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Moseley here we come...


By 3 Wheels on My Waggon
August 31 2009

3 Wheels on My Waggon starts the ball rolling with his preview of the first match for Exeter Chiefs in the new Chamionship.

Match Preview 

Moseley v Exeter Chiefs

5th Sept 2009

by 3 Wheels on My Waggon

3 Wheels

21st March 2009, a sunny day, started with Exeter Chiefs supporters full of hope, in a party mood, with their sights set firmly on a visit to Twickenham and the opportunity to draw alongside Leeds on points at the top of National 1. One thing stood in our way, a trip to Billesley Common and a double header of 80 minutes of cup and league rugby against Moseley, seated well down the league and threatened with a relegation spot.


3 full coaches set off from Exeter heading north, with 100+ other supporters making their own way north. So strong was the belief in the outcome on the coaches, that people were already putting their names forward for coaches to Twickers. At the ground, even the opposition support were talking more of how many points they would lose by, rather than whether they could win.


The belief, like the weather soon started to turn grey.

The Chiefs seemed to capitulate under the pressure of the double header, which resulted in them not losing out on a Cup Final place, but also throwing away a golden opportunity to heap more pressure on Leeds.


But that was last season!!


The curtain raiser for Exeter Chiefs is a return to Billesley Common. A new management structure, a new captain, a new season, a new Championship League and a revitalised team.


Like the start of every season, it is difficult to second guess how the opening fixtures will go, each squad having changed to greater or lesser extents, all with new targets and agendas.


Moseley come into the new Championship having won last seasons EDF Trophy final against the National Division 1 champions, Leeds Carnegie, and having avoided the enlarged 5 team relegation zone by ending the season with a series of wins following the shock defeat of Exeter. Moseley lost or released only 5 players at the end of the season, brought in 7 new ones, including Ben Jones at scrum half from Worcester, Andrew Borgen at fly half from Natal and Andy Hall at lock from Newport Gwent Dragons, with 8 players dual registered with Gloucester.


The Chiefs have lost 16 players from last year’s huge squad, 6 having moved up to the Premiership, whilst having brought in 9 new players, a mixture of young promising lads and ex Premiership players.


Moseley have prepared for the new season with a 25-23 loss to Newport at Rodney Parade; a training game vs Bournville; and a very close 45-43 win over London Scottish at Billesley Common.


Exeter have completed a preseason training game with the Cornish All Blacks, followed by 2 fixtures against Sale Sharks, beating them at home 25-20 and fighting well in the return game to lose 17-13 at Edgeley Park, against a star studded line up.


The signs from those pre-season games have been very promising, but the Chiefs need to put aside the memories of the last visit to Billesley Common, treat the Moseley side with the respect they deserve, whilst taking their scalps along the way


Score prediction 13-32 to the Chiefs.

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Moseley here we come... (IP Logged)
31/08/2009 11:18
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Re: Moseley here we come...
Moorsman (IP Logged)
31/08/2009 19:59
Thanks 3Wheels thumbs down

The good people from Mose have sent the following info...

Moseley communications team
How to find us
Directions for travel to the ground are on the club website (How to find us). This includes details of train and bus travel. Train and bus to the ground is relatively straightforward.

Car parking is free, and disabled badge holders can park right next to the wheel-chair friendly clubhouse. To avoid congestion (and to keep our neighbours happy!) please follow the directions on the website and approach the ground from the South.

Bar & Catering
The bar and catering facilities are open from 12 noon on match day serving a variety of food such as paninis, chilli, jacket potatoes, succulent pork baps (described by a Rotherham visitor as "the best pork butty in Christendom!"), healthy sandwiches as well as the usual "chips with everything" from three different serving locations. We received plaudits from many visiting supporters last season. The bar usually has at least one real ale (currently Mansfield along with Banks Bitter) as well as the usual array of Guinness/lager/cider etc. Purity ‘Mad Goose’ has recently been added as a regular ‘guest’ beer: []

Match Preview & Report
Moseley's match preview is on the club website (click on 1st XV then fixtures) by the Tuesday running up to the game. The Birmingham Post carries full match previews on Friday preceding the game. The Sunday Mercury carries the first match report though it is not always available on-line. [] Unless you get left behind (or of course live locally) the match report from Monday's Post is usually on their website mid morning

Match Day entry
Entry is £15 for adults, Senior Citizens £10; Youth (Under 21) £6; Under 16 £3
The covered stand is £2 extra (please pay at the stand NOT on the gate)

Match Day Programme
The programme is available on the entry gates priced £2.

Club Shop
The ideal present for your friends and relatives! All Moseley branded and a souvenir of your visit!
The club shop is located at the end of the hospitality boxes facing the clubhouse.

Further information
Further information is on the club website If you can't immediately find what you're looking for – go to 'What's New' and click on 'A-Z' at the top of the page.

If you have any queries please contact us either at the clubhouse on 0121 443 3631 or via email

Supporters Coaches
If you are anticipating bringing supporters coaches, could I suggest that you contact the club office on 0121 443 3631 to let them know how many coaches to expect. This will help with parking.

We look forward to your visit!

Re: Moseley here we come...
OggyMan (IP Logged)
01/09/2009 20:52
Can someone explain whether duel registered players are the same as loan players? The Championship rules state that a team can only contain 3 loan players for a game .My understanding is that a loan player is one that the main club can call back if they need them .Is that the case with Moseley's dual registered players?


Re: Moseley here we come...
Geronimo Jim (IP Logged)
01/09/2009 23:02
Dual registration is just that and is entirely separate from loan players.

The RFU decided to allow dual registration to allow players on the fringes at Premiership (or Champoinship) clubs to gain experience by playing in a lower league. The senior club has precedence over the player.

I can see where the RFU is coming from, wanting young talented players to get exposure to "real" rugby but for me it distorts the competition when a side chooses to utilise so many elite players.

Re: Moseley here we come...
clalan (IP Logged)
01/09/2009 23:26
Wonder how many Gloucester academy players will be out on sat for Moseley. Sure Gloucester will want them to get a run out to get match fit, and Moseley would love to thump us once more, using the quick backs they've now got at their disposal.
I'm not to Kean on dual registration (whether its Chiefs or any team) especially in this the championship format, as you will never know which side your going to face and of what quality.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2009:09:01:23:32:45 by clalan.

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Re: Moseley here we come...
Big Ginge 4 (IP Logged)
02/09/2009 12:28
Dueal registration is a good thing. Don't worry about them being stronger because of Prem players.

Sale didn't look that much better did they ?

The guys being lent or dual reg are more likely to be Championship players trying to make it in the prem.

Re: Moseley here we come...
Moorsman (IP Logged)
04/09/2009 16:57
The Away Tribe may not be as big on Saturday but the Chiefs know those left behind are with them in spirit.(Sm60)
The team have only one thing to prove.... they are the best team on the day.
Last season is history and I'm looking forward to a season where the boys go undefeated, starting at Mose (Sm134)


Re: Moseley here we come...
OggyMan (IP Logged)
04/09/2009 22:09
Have to wait and see how big the away tribe is .Oggy scouting party is already on its way.

Re: Moseley here we come...
clalan (IP Logged)
04/09/2009 22:39
Signs are many small wagons going not just heap big (52 seat-er with tea, coffee and sale game) are going. (Sm160)
Squaw has just found out I'm not home next week either, will need medicine man soon.

Re: Moseley here we come...
05/09/2009 07:23
Weather at Billesely Common 13:00-16:59 16 °c[Wind from WSW (251°)] 8 mph-10mph [Cloudy]

Re: Moseley here we come...
Chief caps (IP Logged)
05/09/2009 08:06
rumour has it that moseley have already started circling the wagons ahead of todays arrival of many chiefs

East Terrace North chief.

Exeter Chiefs a Premership Rugby Club

Re: Moseley here we come...
Moorsman (IP Logged)
05/09/2009 08:47
Today's 3rd team is...

Referee: Martin Fox
Assistant referees: Chris Sharp, David Grashoff
Assessor: Gary Welsh

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