Birmingham Moseley boss Richard Protherough admitted his selection for the Loughborough Students clash will be influenced by the host’s artificial surface.
The current bottom club in National One plays its home games on a 4G surface and bitter experience has taught the Moseley director of rugby to exercise caution.
“We’ve got a couple of concerns, mainly with Rav [Ravai Fatiaki] in the centre,” he said.
“Especially with it being a 4G pitch, last year when we played on the 4G pitch we had someone out for a year, James Tydeswell with an ACL, so he is a risk.
“With the level of injuries that happen on 4G surfaces compared to grass pitches, and the type of injuries – knees, ankles, people who are susceptible and managing their way through those kind of things – you need to be aware of player welfare. What might be good for one game might not be good for a 30-game season.”
He added: “Loughborough have a way of playing .
“I went to Loughborough myself and it’ll be quick, high-tempo.
“You don’t want to get stuck into an arm wrestle.
Moseley ended a four-game losing run with a victory over Sale
“We’ve got to be able to control possession in the middle third and build pressure through that. They’re a fit team they will get around the park well, we need to win the collisions and set-piece wise make sure we’re dominant.”
Moseley ended a four-game losing run with a 31-22 victory over Sale at Billesley Common last time out.
Having lost their previous three games in bonus-point territory, Protherough was pleased to see it all finally click after a difficult first few months of the season.
“It’s been coming,” he said. “Against the top teams in the league we’ve been playing well and competing but we’ve not been putting them to bed and that has been down mainly to our own individual errors .
“Saturday was good, our error count was in single figures and that means you can build pressure and that leads to points.
You can see frustration from the players
“That was the story of the game, we were able exert pressure and come away with points.
“We haven’t done that in previous matches so it was really pleasing to see that put together.
“Our pack went well, as most weeks, and our backs did well .
“They came to the line physically and got us some good go-forward ball.
“We haven’t done too much different.
“It’s about execution and cutting out errors. We’ve been making silly errors in defence and attack.
“You can see frustration from the players, frustration from the fans, everybody.
“You see a team play well for 60 minutes but they aren’t able to turn pressure into points because of individual errors.
“Keep those to a minimum, it means you retain possession, you build pressure.
“We’ve got some big physical boys up front and in the backs, that makes a big difference.”
He added: “We’re coming to the end of this block which has been a long block.
“We’ve got a week off next week so we want to finish that period on a high.”
Source : BirminghamMail