Leeds Carnegie have swept away every challenge that has come before them so far this season, and Neil Back’s side are looking like certainties to return to the Guinness Premiership next year. Nevertheless, the players at fellow National One side Esher are unfazed by their dominance of the league, and are relishing the prospect of their trip to Leeds this weekend, despite their inferior position in the table.
Esher have won their last two National One games picking up timely bonus points in the process, which has put them in a more comfortable position to avoid relegation, and Esher chief Mike Schmid believes his side are a far different proposition from the team that lost 52-8 at Molesey Road in October.
They have started to play some entertaining rugby and a repeat of the performance that earned a draw at second-placed Exeter will strike fear into their opposition this weekend, regardless of their loftiness in the league.
Schmid commented, “We have got nothing to lose at Leeds so will have a real go at them. I obviously know it’s going to be a huge ask but the boys have been playing really well and it’s a shame we have had our last two games postponed, but I want the guys to throw the ball around and our aim will be to score four tries and get at least a bonus point.”
“I want them to play with real intensity and pick up the momentum we had before. Nobody expects us to do anything up there but we can hopefully disrupt their game and play the open game which suits our style.”
It could be the upset of the season if Esher manage to overturn Leeds, and while the National One table would indicate that the writing is on the wall, Esher’s recent form may just write a different story this weekend.