Rugby Union: Knight brothers aiming to make it many happy returns for Bees.
Brothers Dave and Paul Knight have had a torrid season, with a series of injuries sidelining the pair for long periods so far this campaign.
But today they will line up together in the Pertemps Bees side for their match at Plymouth Albion, much to the delight of head coach Russell Earnshaw.
"I think we are all looking forward to having them playing together again," he admitted. "It's not a bad combination to call on.
"Paul (right) was frustrated not to start against Moseley last week, but still came off the bench and made quite an impact. They are good players and it's a pity they have hardly started a game together all season."
Nicky Griffiths also sat out last weekend's Birmingham derby clash but gets the nod today. Earnshaw added: "Griff was another who was disappointed not to start and he didn't manage to get on. I'm hoping he will channel that frustration onto the pitch against Plymouth."
The Devon outfit have lost their last three games including last week's match at neighbours and rivals Exeter Chiefs, the home side edging their way to an 11-10 win. But the Bees coach knows it will be another tough test for his side, especially with the famously vocal Plymouth supporters cheering on the West Country side "As a team, they have opened up a little bit on the back of a poor run of results," he said. "They will be looking for blood, especially in front of their own fans and will try and drive us off the pitch.
"But we have made changes and I'm fairly certain they won't be able to push us around as much as they would like."
The main change in the line-up is the loss of Leo Halavatau, the back row forward being ruled out for possibly two weeks after injuring his knee in the Moseley match.
Gareth McComb comes in at No 8 while Mark Gabey packs down alongside Alex Davidson in the second row. With Griffiths pencilled in at scrum-half, Reece Spee moves to the wing in place of Jimmy Aston.
"The Moseley game was frustrating in that, at times, we played within ourselves,"
Earnshaw admitted. "Often, when you are struggling, the fear factor creeps in and that's what happened.
"The other thing was that we were probably a little too tight. There were opportunities out wide and we chose not to take them. It is something we will look at."
BEES: Vakacegu, Spee, Murchie, D Knight, Mitchell, P Knight, Griffiths; Long, Pearl, Bucknall, Davidson, Gabey, Earnshaw, Daish, McComb. Replacements: Osbourn, Preece, Reddlinghuys, Davies, Aston, Mangoyles, Higgins.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Dec 29, 2007|
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