Newcastle Rugby coach Dean Rodwell believes his side can do the double on local rivals Leek and stop the title-chasing club in their search for ten consectutive wins.
Rodwell’s men were the last team to beat Leek in the league – running out 31-25 winners in a seven-try thriller back in October to record their first win of the season.
But since that loss, Leek have gone on an impressive winning streak – registering nine wins from nine to put them second in the Midlands Two West (North), just four points behind leaders Stourbridge Lions.
And Rodwell is confident his side can produce another big performance against their neighbours.
“They’ve responded really well to that loss and they’re back in contention to win the league.
“But I’m confident we’ll give them a good game,” he said.
“We’re in good form at the moment and we’ve really settled into the league.
“The lads are performing comfortably at that level and we’ve had a few good wins since the win over Leek.
“That was a real turning point for us as well.
“We’ve got a couple of enforced changes but hopefully we’ll make it really competitive and then the result will take care of itself.”
With Newcastle sat in ninth, a trip to their high-flying rivals looks a daunting prospect – especially with Leek seeking revenge – but Rodwell is sure his team will rise to the challenge.
“It will be massive,” Rodwell said. “They’ll be out for revenge and they’ll throw everything at us.
“It’ll be a real tough day for us but I’m just looking for us to be competitive and give ourselves a chance when the game nears the finish.
“We know they’re beatable and we’re playing well ourselves.
“The changes will affect us but I expect us to go there and give them a good game.”