WITH 13 massive league games remaining, Birmingham & Solihull Bees could be forgiven for pushing the cup to the back of their minds.
But after nearly a month away from the action Russell Earnshaw’s men cannot wait to tackle Launceston in Round 4 of the EDF Energy National Trophy.
“We’ve been training for Saturday - yet Saturday never seems to come,” said Earnshaw after the last two games were postponed.
“There may be a couple of changes but I won’t be resting anyone because the lads have had a long break now.
“Hopefully, it will give us the edge and we’ll continue where we left off.”
The Bees beat the Cornish outfit earlier in the season and will be confident of progressing to the next round.
However, player-coach Earnshaw would much rather swap a victory for a maximum five-point haul when the two teams meet in
National Two next month.
“The league is our prime objective of
course, but we are looking to build that winning mentality,” he said.
“If we win our two league games in hand and pick up bonus points we’ll top the league so that’s in our heads.”
Bees’ talented squad has been assembled to cope with the vigorous demands National Two poses, and Earnshaw has always said he is confident of calling upon any one of his 30-strong team.
And the former Bath star is hoping his players can perform in a “hostile” environment to progress to the next round.
Meanwhile Bees are offering fans the chance to catch the remaining league action at a special discount rate of six games for the price of five.
With a half-season ticket you can follow the Bees as they take on title-chasing, big-spending Cambridge; the oldest rugby club in the world, Blackheath and, what could be the game of the season, a potential promotion decider against league leaders Redruth, for the last home game of the season.
For more information call Trish Smith on 0121 705 0409 or visit www.beesrugby.com (offer valid until 31.01.09), available for adults (£50), children (£10) and concessions (£35).