IT’S crunch time for Bees tonight, Friday, as they take on fellow basement boys and local rivals Coventry in a match that could give an early indication of which team will be relegated from the Championship.
The Bees pack was severely tested in Tuesday night’s 39-0 pasting by Nottingham at Moseley’s Billesley Common, and they are expected to make a number of changes for the face off with the big Coventry eight as the Sharmans Cross Road outfit search for the team that will see them survive the play offs in March.
“Every game is crucial for us now but we are also working towards finding the right combination and 22 players who will ensure our survival,” said coach Eugene Martin.
“I think it’s no big secret where the Coventry strength lies and we’ve got to look at what will suit us, we’ll also have to take into account things like the weather because as far as I am aware the forecast is for rain, rain and more rain.”
One area where Bees have been working on is their disciplinary record.
“Although we’re bottom of the table I believe we’re league leaders when it comes to yellow and red cards and this is one area we have been addressing.
“Much of this is due to the way we’re playing on the edge all the time, also, when you’re bottom of the table, referees often don’t appreciate how well we can play, and of course, there’s our disciplinary record.”
The play offs start on March 13 with the bottom four clubs battling it out to see which three will stay up and which one will go down.
Bees will be hoping that, win or lose tonight, they’ll have got their team settled ready for then to ensure survival in England’s second tier of rugby.