Ben Wade will be charged with the task of trying to mastermind a way of halting Cleckheaton’s formidable form when they meet in the Yorkshire Cup tomorrow afternoon (2:15pm).
Sheffield RUFC, still bottom of North 1 East division following their heavy 37-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Alnwick, will make the short trip to West Yorkshire to take on a side that has won its previous 12 games – half of which they have recorded more than 30 points.
Wade had admitted, earlier in the week, that a number of second team players could be drafted into the first team squad to give his fringe players an opportunity to impress him ahead of a crucial final three months of the league season.
Amongst those stepping up from the second are Edward Anglin at inside centre and Danny Williams at full back, whilst Matt Adcock, Luke Farnsworth and Joe Farrell, who all recently linked up with the first team from the Senior Colts squad, has been selected for the bench.
A number of Wade’s first team players have been rotated to the second team for their home game against Harrogate.
“Cleckheaton could very well rotate their squad and it could be a good opportunity to put a result over them,” Wade told Grass Roots.
“The players that are coming into the team have all impressed me in recent weeks and they have all got a point to prove.
“We had a really disappointing game away at Alnwick last weekend the players need to show their character to bounce back from that.
“We need a performance from them and we have got more than enough to have a real good go at them (Cleckheaton).”
Should Sheffield come out on top, they will be faced with the prospect of travelling to National League 1 side Wharfedale.