With Moseley’s season nearing its crescendo Tristan Roberts, the man central to the direction of the campaign, has received a welcome vote of confidence.
According to former Wales scrum-half Andy Williams the mercurial playmaker is the man to lead Mose to Championship safety in the short term and carve an outstanding career for himself further down the line.
Which will be good news to both the 22-year-old and the Billesley faithful, some of whom have become exasperated by the inconsistency of the youngster’s performances.
Roberts has been in imperious form with the boot and currently leads the second tier scoring charts with 187 points, 13 ahead of Exeter’s Gareth Steenson with a success ratio well above 80 per cent.
But his game management remains a cause for concern as Moseley continue to struggle to score tries rather than penalties. However, Williams, who has moved to Roberts’ parent club Gloucester, believes the former Cinderford fly half has a bright future.
“I think has got massive potential,” Williams said. “He should see this year for the fact he is playing week in week out and he has to take the benefit from that. When he goes up a level things will work for him a bit more as a result.
“The inconsistency thing is understandable at his age. He is still a youngster but when he is good he can be a real match-winner. In that respect he is similar to Mike Catt, when he plays well he is great, and when he doesn’t – he isn’t.
“But he is not the type of guy to come off a field and say ‘I did alright and that’s good enough’. He’s too good a player not to make it, he has all the attributes, including the right attitude.”
Roberts has also played fullback this term, as head coach Ian Smith opted for Andy Borgen’s steadying hand in the No.10 shirt. However, Borgen has struggled with a groin injury and that has forced Roberts back into the firing line.
All of which means Moseley still have work to do, some of it extremely hard, to avoid the relegation play-offs. They visit the Chiefs on Saturday week and face leaders Bristol on the last day of the regular season.
Williams is certain his former team-mates have nothing to fear, though.
“They are in a good position and although the next few games are big ones, they have the capability to win all of them.
‘‘We are in a good place to make the top play-offs at the moment.”