Too cautious approach threatens Championship survival

A FAR too cautious mental approach against sides at the bottom is threatening to derail Jersey’s spirited campaign for RFU Championship survival.

Moseley’s Charlie Hayter scores the opening try, despite late efforts from Jersey’s David Bishop and Ed Dawson Picture: Darren Quinton
Moseley’s Charlie Hayter scores the opening try, despite late efforts from Jersey’s David Bishop and Ed Dawson Picture: Darren Quinton

A FAR too cautious mental approach against sides at the bottom is threatening to derail Jersey’s spirited campaign for RFU Championship survival.

Director of rugby Ben Harvey, speaking after the 23-19 defeat away to Mosele, said that there was a problem:

‘We felt, why can’t we win here today? I think we are a better side than Mosley, although Kevin [Maggs, the Moseley boss] can point to the scoreboard and disagree. We can play, but we’ve got to understand that a winning side is about discipline and concentration, not just the skill levels and talent available.

‘The way we played at the end was the way we wanted to play from the start. We want to play like that. That’s the frustrating thing for me and Steve [Boden], we are playing totally within ourselves at the start of a game – and we don’t understand why. It’s complacency, almost. It’s a case of thinking, “OK, we’ll just build ourselves into the game”.

Saturday’s frustrating defeat, despite the late surge to gain a losing bonus point, means the Birmingham club leap over Ben Harvey’s boys with a two-point lead, pushing Jersey to second from bottom – just two points clear of basement club Doncaster Knights.

Comments for: "Too cautious approach threatens Championship survival"

Ben

"We felt, why can’t we win here today? I think we are a better side than Mosley"

Clearly delusional. Two wins for Mosley says all you need to know. To claim your better when you get beaten home and away shows a lack of respect.

mooseman

As my previous post!

A Moseley preception: Quote:

Great atmosphere at the Common on Saturday no doubt due to the palpable tension among the two sets of supporters. Must say that the Jersey folk were some of the friendliest I’ve had the pleasure to meet and they supported their team to the end. When the final whistle went those around me sportingly acknowledged that Mose were worth the win over the 80 minutes. Shame that their coach was not quite so magnanimous though…..

“I think we’re a better side than Moseley but you’ve got to go out and do it on a Saturday afternoon.”

Message for you somewhere in there mate in that you have tried twice and come up short on both occasions, been outscored by 23 points and 6 tries to 4 over the two games. I’d open my other eye if I were you and start focusing on improving my own side else you may well be looking for another job sometime soon.

Simple Sid

Really need to look for a new coach instead of continually making excuses.

JT

I'm not really a rugby fan (although I do like to see the island's team do well) so excusing my ignorance, can anyone tell me how many teams are relegated?