Esher must sort discipline or else

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Director of rugby Mike Schmid has warned his Esher side they will be relegated from the Championship unless they sort out their indiscipline.

Esher travel to Moseley on Saturday rooted to the foot of relegation play-off group C after successive defeats by London Scottish and Plymouth Albion.

Last Friday’s 18-11 reverse in Devon angered Schmid as Esher gave away a series of needless penalties to hand Plymouth the initiative.

It leaves Esher four points adrift of Plymouth with four play-off games remaining.

“We’ve given only one try away in two games, so we have to have more confidence in our defence than to risk silly penalties,” he fumed.

“It’s an individual putting his needs in front of the team. It’s happened too much, when games are tight. It’s the silly penalties we have to lose.”

And Esher will take heart from Saturday’s host’s exploits last season.

“Moseley is arguably the hardest place to go during the play-offs. It’s going to be very tough, but we must fight as hard as we possibly can,” added Schmid “They started 0-2 in the play-offs last year then beat us back to back to save their season so it’s very, very doable.

“It is going to be hard work, but we have to put everything on the line each and every week now.

“We have four games left to prove that we deserve to be a Championship rugby team and the boys have got to stand up and prove that week in, week out.”

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