When Moseley last played Northampton, they were cut to pieces by a team containing three All Blacks.
Carlos Spencer, Bruce Reihana and Mark Robinson wielded the sharpest instruments as Saints inflicted a 68-12 defeat on their comatose guests.
That Moseley did not have their best player did not help. At the same time as his side was being dissected by a team of skilled surgeons, James Rodwell was also going under the knife to repair the ligament damage in his knee.
The 23-year-old will make his competitive comeback in the return fixture tomorrow and will be anxious to make up for lost time when Northampton's star-studded champions-elect become the most high-profile outfit ever to visit Billesley Common.
Rodwell suffered a rupture in the opening match of the season - a hugely commendable 28-21 win at Nottingham. After a couple of weeks to let the swelling go down, he was operated on and spent a few more with his leg in a cast.
All recuperation periods are filled with lows and ponderings at what might have been, Rodwell's came on September 15 when he felt his absence most acutely.
"We were at Franklin's Gardens on the same day as I had my operation," Rodwell says. "I wanted to go and watch but there was a cancellation and I was able to have the surgery that day. I was gutted because I was desperate to play at a ground like that in front of 10,000 fans."
He will get his opportunity to make up for it this weekend, in front of a crowd that should be a record at Moseley's new home. It will be a lucrative afternoon, too (kick-off 3pm).
Cornish All Blacks claimed they lost in the region of £30,000 by the cancellation of their match with Saints in the run-up to Christmas. Moseley are hoping to make considerably more.
Then of course there's the cast list. Rodwell will have to share his limelight with three of the best players to have appeared in National One and the interest in their arrival is such that even those without any interest in the sport are curious to know what a real live All Black looks like up close.
Rodwell is keen to make his own impact, however. "The last few weeks have been awful. I've been running and participating in training but I really want to play now," he said. "I had 80 minutes in a Stourbridge development side a fortnight ago and, having been 23rd man against Pertemps Bees last week, I'm ready. It feels like the season is just about to start for me."
The chances of it starting with a win are slim. Moseley are in decent form and their coaches are daring to believe that their work in process has taken a crucial step forward.
They are winning big games, playing to the conditions, and taking more right options than wrong. The consensus about their 21-7 win over Bees last week was that the scoreline flattered the losers.
But with Reihana and Spencer aided by the division's leading try-scorer, Chris Ashton, and abetted by as combative a back row as exists in the division, Northampton will arrive expecting to flatten the losers.
Their motivation will be heightened by the perceived injustice that when their previous head-to-head descended into chaotic fighting, they received stricter censure than their opponents.
With the result decided, Moseley lock Richard Stott was knocked unconscious by Robinson and Simon Emms and Neil Bayliss were both sin-binned for their disagreement.
Robinson and Stott's second-row counterpart Paul Arnold were both cited and subsequently banned. Both teams will feel it tomorrow. The handbags and stardust make it the perfect occasion for Rodwell to make up for lost time.