To say Moseley are keen to erase the memory of last Saturday’s ten-try humiliation is a similar size understatement to claiming they let London Welsh play at times.
In flopping to a 68-22 defeat, their heaviest ever at Billesley Common, Ian Smith’s team evoked images of the dark days of 2002, when relegation followed a string of losses as sure as night follows day.
Efforts to sift the wreckage and discover the black box started as soon as the game finished and have lasted for most of the week.
Key among the findings was an inability to stop the Exiles recycling possession quickly, while another issue must have been communication in defence.
Moseley get the chance to demonstrate they have absorbed whatever lessons need learning when they face Birmingham & Solihull at Damson Park on Friday evening.
And Ollie Thomas, whose outstanding goal-kicking was a tiny positive on a day full of negatives, says they cannot wait.
“We owe a performance to ourselves and our supporters,” Thomas admitted. “It doesn’t matter who we are playing, whether it’s Worcester or Bees, we know that the last three or four weeks have just not been good enough.”
The penny appears to have dropped during Saturday evening’s emergency meeting, led by captain Gareth Taylor.
“There are only so many things you can say before words become empty, we all realised what had gone on and we asked ourselves if we have the ability to compete and win against the teams in this league.
“We agreed we have, because we have all done it in the past, so we had to say that our attitude is the next thing to look at. There is only so much the coaches can do and say before we have to go out there and be accountable ourselves.”
But Thomas denied that the side appeared confused about their defensive duties. “We spend a lot of time during the week going over the scenarios we might have to cope with.
“It didn’t help with Callum pulling out before the game and if you ask Andy Borgen I would doubt he would claim to be 100 per cent fit.”