Boss Mike Cudmore says getting his players up for their Friday night clash with Moseley was easy – because the opposition did it for him.
Ealing Trailfinders were beaten last week in the away leg of the British & Irish Cup clash with the Midlands side, who also won at Vallis Way in the league.
But this time, Ealing were in the mood to end their search for a first home win of the season and it was largely down to some less than complimentary comments by the visitors.
“Motivation was easy tonight,” said Ealing's director of rugby.
“In the Moseley paper, and on their website, they were not exactly critical of our pack but said they bossed us in the first game we played here in the league and again last week.
“There was even a bit in their programme notes last week. You don't have to say too much to the players when that happens.
“I said tonight we had to step up and put down a marker to show them that we're not here to be pushed around. We're as good as, if not better, than what they bring to the table.
“The only way to stop that talk is to react and show people what you can do. Tonight was about stepping up and I thought we did that quite well.”
Looking back on the 21-18 win, Cudmore said: “I was a little bit disappointed with what we did last week but we've come here tonight with the idea of picking up where we left off in Jersey two weeks ago and hopefully take it to another level.
“The way we went about our business in the first half was at a very high level. Second was a little bit messy at the breakdown, but we came out on top.
“I was a little bit disappointed with the result at the end because it flattered them a bit. It looks like it was close, but it wasn't that close. We controlled the game for most of it.
“[Fly-half] Ben Ward talked about a swagger in us tonight, and that's a team that's confident.”