First Team

Cudmore calls for focus against Moseley

Mike Cudmore v LWelshEaling Trailfinders director of rugby Mike Cudmore has called on his players to maintain their focus ahead of their Greene King IPA Championship clash against Moseley on Saturday.

Ealing travel to Billingsley Common for the 15.00 kickoff in positive mood having enjoyed an upswing in form since the team from south Birmingham visited Vallis Way in November, but Cudmore realises there is still room for further improvement.

“There is no doubt that the team has developed a lot since we lost 15-6 to Moseley in November and that has been reflected in us winning twice in the league and pushing teams such as Bristol and Leinster ‘A’ hard for 80 minutes since then,” Cudmore said.

“Our attention to detail and errors at times are the difference between winning and losing but also crucial bonus points. We are improving constantly and all are aware of the importance of the games coming up. We have worked hard this week in training and all looking forward to the challenge that this week’s fixture brings.”

This weekend’s match will be the third time that Ealing have taken on Kevin Maggs’ team this season. As well as their win at Vallis Way in the league, Moseley won at home in the British and Irish Cup, while Trailfinders were victorious at home in the return Cup fixture.

Moseley are currently in ninth place on 19 points, 10 ahead of Cudmore’s men and last time out they ran in five-tries in a 31-17 win over Cross Keys in the B&I Cup.

“The squad has now greater depth than before due to returning players from injury and loan and the new signings we made pre-Christmas,” Cudmore said. “Our players have also adapted to what exactly is needed to compete in this division, so we will go there in good heart.”

Ronnie McLean try v Moseley
Ronnie McLean was on the score-sheet last time the two sides met