RUGBY giants Leeds Carnegie lie ahead for Birmingham & Solihull Bees if they get past Cinderford in the fifth round of the EDF Energy National Trophy on Sunday.
Like every other local rugby and football encounter last weekend Bees’ tie with the Gloucestershire side fell victim to the weather however the quick re-arrangement has not affected the National Two side’s preparations.
But the snow didn’t stop runaway National One leaders Leeds crushing Coventry 52-0 to progress to the last eight of the competition.
Because of a large fixture pile-up Cinderford take on Waterloo on Saturday and then Bees the following day but coach Russell Earnshaw is warning against complacency.
They will look at the game we played against them at home and learn some lessons from that,” he said.
“It’s always going to be a tough game - it’s a bit like Stourbridge - a local derby for us so we know what we’re going to get.
“There will be 15 very crazy men from Gloucester but it’s what I want and hopefully we can react well to it.”
The head-coach knows that they will be in for a much tougher test after hammering Cinderford 53-3 earlier in the season but there will be nothing the 33-year-old can do to as he will still be on assistant manager duties with Wellington Cup-winners England Sevens.
Last year they struggled when the influential No.8 was on Sevens duties last season but with the summer signing of backs’ coach Eugene Martin, Earnshaw feels his side are perfectly capable without him.
Only time will tell and the Bees will be hoping to please the Bristol-born bruiser with a last eight tie against Leeds to look forward to on his return.