RUSSELL Earnshaw is calling on his troops to stand up and be counted when high-flying Launceston visit Sharman’s Cross Road tomorrow.
The gentle giant was rattled last week when he watched Birmingham & Solihull Bees collapse to a disappointing defeat against Wharfedale.
More surprisingly was the extent of their defeat as the Bees conceded 41 points. Only National One champions Northampton and Cornish Pirates put more past Bees last season over 32 National One games.
The vexed boss who was forced to watch the majority of the game from the sidelines through injury said he felt ‘physically sick’ after the match ended.
“It was a real eye-opener,” said Earnshaw, who picked up a rib injury early in the game.
But he is hoping his side bounce back tomorrow and claim a much-needed win.
“Launceston have got a lot of experienced old heads in their side, and we know they play good rugby.
“We’ve got to put in a good performance and if we do we should get the result we want.”
Last weekend a catalogue of errors gifted the hosts the win and it started badly when two defensive howlers allowed Wharfedale to record two early tries.
Dan Hart grabbed the first and Mark Bedworth added the second with the fly-half improving both scores.
England Sevens new-boy Mark Woodrow replied with three penalty kicks but James Doherty and Adam Whaites both added converted tries to give the hosts a resounding lead at the break.
Crocked Earnshaw rallied his troops with a half-time earful but the Bees failed to respond- unlike the previous turnaround against Blaydon.
Instead, they squandered two golden scoring opportunities and had just a single Woodrow penalty to show for their performance.
Greens centre Andy Hodgson wrapped up the rout with a 46th minute try and reliable Bedworth kicked the conversion to leave Earnshaw fuming.