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Your News Dings relish the big name clash in the EDF Energy National Trophy

Dings Crusaders head into Saturday's EDF Energy National Trophy fourth round with a clean sheet of home wins this season, and they are hoping that'll work in their favour when they face former Guinness Premiership outfit Leeds Carnegie.

The Bristol club, who have beaten Taunton, Ealing and Westcombe Park to reach the fourth round, face arguably one of the biggest cup clashes of the weekend when they take on Leeds who are currently flying high, leading the National Division One league.

"We are under no illusions about the challenge ahead," said Dings' Director of Rugby Alan Martinovich. "Leeds are a fully loaded side, they are a professional outfit, with many of their players having played in the Guinness Premiership and at international level.

"Even within our league, we are fully amateur. Our players are a mix of students, plasterers, electricians, carpenters and such like. However, we haven't lost a league or cup game at home this season, so you never know!"

Dings might well be the underdogs for this clash but the South West side is doing well in National Division Three South with six wins and two drawn games out of 13 outings this season.

Led by skipper Mike Panaho, Dings will be doing their utmost to do themselves proud on the big day and make the match a memorable occasion for the west country outfit.

Martinovich added: "We will go out there to give a good account of ourselves, but we know that rugby isn't like football, and upsets don't happen often because of the physical conditioning of players.

"This is however a great occasion for the club. For a team like Leeds to come to Dings will mark a terrific day for the club. The players are looking forward to it and with a young side, I am confident they won't get daunted by the occasion but will instead see this as an opportunity to see where they stand. Many of our players are young and therefore they still harbour aspirations to achieve even more in rugby and maybe this is their chance to show what they can do against a top level club."

EDF Energy National Trophy fourth round draw

Saturday January 17th

Broadstreet Vs. Bridgwater & Albion

Cinderford Vs. Hull Ionians

Dings Crusaders Vs. Leeds

Doncaster Vs. Plymouth Albion

Exeter Vs. Preston Grasshoppers

Launceston Vs. Birmingham & Solihull

London Welsh Vs. Newbury Blues

Manchester Vs. London Scottish

Moseley Vs. Henley

Mounts Bay Vs. Esher

Nottingham Vs. Blaydon

Otley Vs. Cambridge

Rotherham Titans Vs. Coventry

Sedgley Park Vs. Kendal

Tynedale Vs. Bedford

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Penzance/Newlyn Vs. Southend

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