Moseley’s front row forwards have not had everything their own way this season yet they remain a unit that usually operates somewhere between competent and totally dominant.
Happily for Ian Smith, they peaked somewhere near the latter at London Welsh last Saturday as various prop combinations pulverised their opposite numbers and shunted the home pack around Old Deer Park like a remote control toy in reverse.
However, Moseley were not given ample reward for their dominance and while their performance was far from perfect – they actually lost a couple of feeds against the head – more often than not they forced resets, free-kicks and a few penalties.
Indeed they should have been rewarded with a penalty try near the end of the match when they powered the Welsh set-piece over its own line and No.8 Chevvy Pennycook was just a few steps from grounding the ball.
That was until Welsh scrum-half Rob Lewis kicked it out from between his feet.
The half-back was shown a yellow card and while Moseley will feel they deserved more, their head coach was not surprised they didn’t get it.
“There is something going on in the higher echelons of the referee society that they seem to have gone against penalty tries,” Smith said.
“They seem to go down every other route than a penalty try. We knew a yellow card would come before a penalty try and it did.
“You don’t see many of them any more – probably after what happened at Coventry made it such an issue that they are trying to depower the scrum area completely and make it a lot quicker and cleaner.
“I didn’t think we’d get a penalty try, I must admit.
“Which is a shame for us because Shaun Knight did very, very well. We put him in thinking he may be under a fair bit of pressure but he reacted to it and came through with flying colours.
“He did a tremendous job against their first choice front row, as did Adam Caves, Craig Voisey and Nathan Williams,” he said.
The incident to which Smith referred happened at Butts Park Arena last season when Moseley were awarded three penalty tries and referee Luke Pearce was abused as he left the pitch, Moseley have not won a single one this season despite fielding the same front row,