Rallying call to whip up atmosphere for Cambridge's crunch National League One clash with Birmingham Moseley
Richie Williams is looking for Cambridge supporters to become the 16th man to roar them to victory over Birmingham Moseley in their National League One relegation battle this Saturday (April 13).
Having been beaten 37-28 at Rosslyn Park last weekend, they are two points outside the drop zone with two games to play, and their opponents are a place and two points above them.
The crowd played a pivotal part in their last home game, a 29-15 win over Darlington Mowden Park, and the head coach wants more of the same.
“The atmosphere generated off the field at the Mowden Park game certainly contributed to the performance, particularly that first 20 minutes – we’ve not started a game with that ferocity or intensity before,” said Williams. “We spoke to a lot of supporters and said if we can recreate that atmosphere on Saturday it will make us really difficult to beat.
“The players were buoyed by that. They responded really well to having that 16th man behind us and I hope this weekend we can have a similar sort of support.
“I know that Moseley are bringing a bus-load of supporters as well, so there will be a good atmosphere and I hope it will be a really good spectacle.
“I’m fully aware that it’s a huge game for the club but really optimistic with the group of players we’ve got.
“The last two performances we’ve put together has given everyone a bit more confidence and self-belief that if we play half as well as we did in those games then we will have a good chance of winning on Saturday.”
Victory and results going their way elsewhere mean that Cambridge could confirm their status in National League One for next season.
But Williams said: “It’s been one of those seasons where you can’t rely on other results and I don’t think anybody at the club is going to waste any excess energy worrying about what Loughborough, Esher and Caldy are going to do.
“For us, it’s pretty clear that if we can get four or five points out of the weekend then it will put us in a much stronger position.
“If we can win and results go in our favour, then that last game at Sale could be a dead rubber.”
The club had a boost this week with the signing of Waita Setu.
The 27-year-old back row forward will arrive for next season, and has played super league rugby for Queensland Reds and in the NRL for Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos.
“It’s really positive,” said Williams. “I was really close to getting him last season but things fell through last minute.
“It will be a welcome addition to our pack and someone of that experience and that profile is going to make a difference to any club that he goes to."
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