BEES face a baptism of fire on Saturday when they visit Worcester Warriors in their opening Championship clash.
Russell Earnshaw’s charges couldn’t have faced a tougher start to the campaign by taking on the side relegated from last season’s Guinness Premiership and favourites to bounce straight back.
While Worcester have brought in some big name signings including the likes of England star Andy Goode, ex-Scotland front row player Bruce Douglas and former Ireland flanker Neil Best, Bees have been forced to operate on a shoestring.
Earnshaw admits: “It’s a David verses Goliath situation and you are always going to put your money on Goliath - but we hope to surprise a few people.
“Money doesn’t necessarily guarantee you success, look at sides like Nottingham and Rotherham who continue to punch above their weight.
“Everyone will be looking to knock Worcester over”.
Director of Rugby Earnshaw has brought in 41-year-old prop Ngalu Tau from Doncaster and Coventry’s Rob Dugard to bolster the pack together with fly half George Crook and winger Simon Hunt, both of whom have Premiership experience.
Already the signs look promising with impressive performances against Welsh Principality sides Carmarthen Quinns, who they beat 29-15 and Cardiff, which resulted in a narrow 29-27 reverse.