To borrow a line from New York Giants quarter-back Eli Manning – I am not superstitious, but maybe I am a little-stitious.
So it is with some trepidation that I lift the lid on this particular fish kettle. But the latest mishap to befall Moseley, the loss of hooker Adam Caves is surely worthy of comment, and so it is with humble deference that I beg the indulgence of the God of Tempted Fate.
Especially when set in the context of a campaign that has been utterly unrelenting in its misfortune. Almost from the moment the final ball was kicked down at Plymouth last season to Caves’ unlucky knee injury last Saturday, Moseley and head coach Kevin Maggs have had to dash around putting out fires.
That’s ten months of players lost to richer clubs, suspension and injury and not just any old fringe player but key elements of a squad that is already one of, if not the smallest in the Championship.
Moseley had two hookers, they now have one and Maggs must spend valuable time trying to register a back-up before Sunday’s trip to Cornish Pirates. How ready, match-fit and willing that replacement will be is anyone’s guess.
Yet it is just the latest drama to befall the embattled coach who, if Moseley stay up, will look back on the current season with a mixture of pride, frustration and relief.
Indeed if Maggs keeps Mose in the Championship – and this is where the deity responsible for rugby’s mockers must be gentle – it must go down as one of the best achievements in the club’s recent history.
Maybe not as shiny and memorable as their National Trophy win and surge away from the five-team relegation pool in 2009 – but no less worthy.
Just look at what they have had to come back from. Eighteen players and the combined experience of more than one thousand Moseley games left in the summer, to be replaced by the odd veteran and a whole swathe of ambitious youngsters.
Vital to the equation was new captain Mike Powell, who promptly got himself banned for the first game and out for three months by the third. Next to go was tighthead Craig Voisey, a leading contender for Unluckiest Lad in the Land 2012, after a second arm break in a year.
And leading scorer Charlie Hayter, one player who had been a resounding success and Moseley’s most potent attacking weapon, went and played so darned well London Wasps decided they wanted him. And now Caves, their most capped player and one of the few constants in their many battles against demotion.
Kevin Maggs must have not only run over a black cat but reversed back, got out, scooped it up, taken it home and used it as fishing bait. Perhaps that’s why he fell in Moseley’s Pool the other day. Surely this lot deserve a break and deserve to retain their second tier status just for their sheer bloody-mindedness.