Just in case kicking a last-second, game-tying conversion from the ‘wrong’ touchline wasn’t enough to instantly initiate the inaugural meeting of the Brad Davies Appreciation Society, the flyhalf’s post-game reaction certainly will be.
The 27-year-old, in just his third match for his new club, echoed the ‘never in doubt’ tone of head coach Ian Smith’s comments with an interview every bit as unruffled as the majestic kick that meant Saturday’s hugely entertaining knockabout between Moseley and the Cornish Pirates ended all square.
Just like his head coach, who had seen Davies do something similar for Gloucester against Leicester a few years back, Davies also averred he knew the ball would fly through the teeth of the Billesley breeze and between the Pirates’ posts as soon as he’d applied his size nine.
But it wasn’t the Gloucesterman’s confidence that will be music to the cauliflowered ears of his team-mates as much as what followed when the discussion moved on to how best to play into the aforementioned Tennis Centre typhoon.
“I have got to look after my forwards as best as I can,” Davies noted. “I don’t want them running around too much because they will get tired.” Amen, Hallelujah, Praise the Lord and all that.
At times last season Moseley’s habit of leaning on their power pack was little short of embarrassing.
They spent the best part of two months exhorting yet more effort from their forbearing octet, while all the time completely oblivious to the fact that there were five fresh daisies stood a few metres away wondering whether they might as well have spent Saturday afternoon tending to those shelves that needed putting up.
As a result no Moseley wing scored a league try between November 14 and January 23.
Now let’s not think that because Saturday’s 26-26 draw contained four tries for the threequarters that the Red and Blacks have somehow morphed into the Barbarians – and nor should they because their strength remains among the forwards.
But Davies’ holistic view of the need to put the ball in front of his marauding pack while retaining a tactical balance, is exactly what Smith and the departed Don Caskie spent three years trying to impress upon their players. Especially when it came to playing up the Billesley slope and against the elements.
“It’s something we are speaking about a lot because it’s every other week for us,” Davies said. “We are going to have the wind in our face for one of the halves. The better we can get at dealing with that the much better team we will be.
“At times (against Pirates) we played well into the wind and kept the ball really well, then the two instances we kicked poorly they scored. First the kick was poor and then the chase was really bad.
“I don’t want to kick poorly because the forwards will have to chase those poor kicks. It’s about finding the right balance. We understand that, we speak about playing into the wind when we train on a Tuesday and Thursday and Pirates was a big improvement from the Esher game.”
It is the sort of all-for-one ethos that Davies detects at his new club. Even with, what for continuity-conscious Moseley was something of an exodus and influx over the summer, that delicate flower, Team Spirit, has been nurtured.
Gone are established personalities like James Rodwell, Dan Oselton, Aly Muldowney and Tristan Roberts and in their stead are players like Davies, Anthony Carter and David Lyons – who Smith hopes will not only be able to fill a shirt but do so with the right sort of attitude.
So far the auguries are good: “We might not have the names some have got, you look at the Pirates and the money they have got. But you can’t buy character and that’s the one thing we have got in abundance,” he said.
“To go away to Donny and get a result and then get a try on the last play to draw against Pirates, no amount of budget can buy that sort of character and togetherness.
“We have got a small squad so we have got to stick together but the boys that have come in, Jack Pons, Callum MacBurnie are doing a good job. We have got a good little squad and we will take some beating at home.”
They proved that on Saturday and in doing so will have convinced themselves and their supporters that the loss to Esher on opening day was an aberrant exception rather than a worrying rule.
With Davies kicking his goals and taking the right options, a scrum that is one of the best in the Championship and the same degree of unity there are reasons for optimism.
“As a team I think top eight is something we have got to go for. We don’t want to be in a dogfight until the end of the season.
“If we carry on playing the way we did against Pirates I don’t see why we can’t be in the top eight this year. Then we can relax and upset a few people along the way.”