Moseley Supporters’ Player of the Year Adam Caves has revealed how Kevin Maggs’s video nasties inspired the Red and Blacks to Championship safety.
The outstanding hooker, who picked up the Lionel Moriaty Memorial Boot after Saturday’s play-off win over London Scottish, attributes Mose’s recent renaissance on the field to the analysis they have done off it.
That has particularly been apparent at Billesley Common where Mose have won all three play-off matches and six of their last ten league games, including fixtures against top-eight teams Bristol and Doncaster.
Saturday’s 26-20 success against the Exiles was their last on their own patch this term and Caves believes Moseley are well set to continue their imposing home form in the 2012-13 campaign.
“We started to get the idea of what Maggsy wanted us to play like slightly too late and we let games slip here that we shouldn’t have done,” Caves admitted.
“But next year we are another year older, another year wiser and home form is definitely what keeps you in this league.
“If you can win 85-90 per cent of your home games you are looking pretty strong for the rest of the season.
“It’s been an awful place for teams to come in the last couple of months. Maggsy’s whole ethos has been teams hating coming here. It’s got to be a fortress, as he puts it. It’s a case of making it awkward for other teams.
“And, to be honest, it’s been a bit of a neutral ground because we haven’t known how to play our own pitch for the last two or three years but I think we have just turned the corner and we have started playing it properly.”
Caves believes the hours they have spent studying DVDs of their games has paid massive dividends, both in terms of accuracy and endeavour.
“You can’t hide on a video and Maggsy has been pretty ruthless,” he said. “We have sat in the classroom more than we have been out on the paddock.
“Stats don’t lie and if you are shown to be lacking or not wanting, he will put you out and you’ll be on the bench.
“Towards the end lads were fighting to get in the side – and that’s a good thing. The atmosphere has been good down here for the last few weeks.
“We have had some video nasties and quite rightly. We’ve looked at everything, every aspect. Lineouts, when I’ve had to take a fair bit on the chin, scrums, we’ve had Nigel Horton in and everyone would agree our scrum has got stronger as the year has gone on. Every area.”
Moseley complete their commendable season at Plymouth Albion on Saturday requiring a point to be sure of finishing top of Pool C in its final year of existence before straight relegation is resumed.