With a series of eye-catching, force-of-nature-type displays Chevvy Pennycook’s early season form for Moseley has drawn praise from coaches, supporters and players alike.
Whether picked at No 8 or on the openside the self-effacing Bristolian has led the charge for a Red and Black pack that has hit the ground surging.
No-one more so than Pennycook, the 23-year-old who has so far combined all the best elements of the club’s recent stalwarts into a single package.
Take Aly Muldowney’s carrying, add Richie Bignell’s work on the floor and throw in Neil Mason’s tackling and the product is something similar to that manufactured by Pennycook over the last four weeks.
All that’s missing perhaps is the breakaway speed of James Rodwell but if the ex-Bristol back rower had that, he’d probably be playing with his brother Redford at Newcastle. It is a small shortcoming in an otherwise outstanding armoury.
And to hear Pennycook talk about his development, there is every chance he may yet become a Sevens-style flier. “The first few games were alright but I have still got a load more in the tank,” he says. “I am still making mistakes and have a lot to improve on if I want to play in the Premiership.
“I would like to play in the Premiership, everyone would, if they said they don’t want to they would be lying.
“But at the moment I just enjoy playing, coming from Bristol after four years it’s great. In some seasons I was just playing between six and ten games a season.
“That’s no good for development and just training all the time you end up starting to dislike rugby.
“I loved last season, it was my first full season playing week in week out and it helps you loads. I felt myself getting better in some games but there’s still a lot to work on.”
Strangely Pennycook includes his breakdown skills in that area. He admits to having struggled to have the same success in stealing opposition ball since the new tackle directive.
But if there has been a reduction in his turnover rate, it certainly wasn’t apparent against his former club last Saturday, it has been more than compensated for in his carrying. “My carrying has been going alright, I don’t know why, it’s probably bad defences and me trying to pick on the weak tacklers.
“I think I can still play a lot better. I want to strive for perfection, keep going work on little things at a time and be the complete player – although I doubt it will ever come.” It probably won’t but given his first four matches, the odds are shortening by the week.