BIRMINGHAM and Solihull Bees are looking forward to putting one over Moseley in this Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated derby at Billesley Common.
They are only a point behind Moseley in the Championship with a game in hand, albeit at the foot of the table.
The club’s director of rugby Russell Earnshaw told the News: “Looking at both sides, we’ve both improved significantly lately. They go into it as favourites, but we’ll happily turn up as underdogs and give it a go.”
Bees lost their last game against Moseley only with a last-gasp converted try. This return leg will have supporters of both sides looking forward to another high-tempo encounter.
Moseley had a more enjoyable Cup week than their visitors, a victory over Neath last Saturday leaving them top of their pool. Having had all four locks absent through injury in that game, the club expects at least three to be available for the visit of Birmingham & Solihull.
Bees hope to field new signings Sam Cox, who arrived last week from Italian club Viadana, and former Bath man Ian Davey.
The game kicks off at 3pm.
Bees didn’t get much of a buzz out of their week in Wales, seeing their Saturday British and Irish Cup fixture at Llandovery postponed just 45 minutes before kick off, and losing Tuesday’s visit to Pontypridd.
Russell Earnshaw was left fuming that the Llandovery cancellation came so late, but he was philosophical about it by Wednesday. He told the News: “It was frustrating, but these things happen, I suppose.
“We’re now focusing entirely on Saturday’s game.”
Tuesday night wouldn’t have done much to improve Earnshaw’s mood. Pontypridd were already a try up with barely a minute on the clock.
The hosts scored three further tries and a penalty, which Bees could only answer with two tries, a conversion and a penalty.
Moseley are expecting their biggest crowd of the season at Billesley Common for Saturday afternoon’s derby game, and are appealing for supporters of both clubs to help keep traffic difficulties to a minimum by arriving via public transport wherever possible.