Bridgend Ravens take on the Cross Keys in a tricky encounter at Pandy Park on Saturday (Kick off, 2:30pm).
The Ravens will be looking to build on an impressive victory against last season’s runners up, Llanelli at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field on Saturday, whereas Keys will be keen to avenge a disappointing defeat at home to Pontypridd.
Rose believes Keys will be smarting after losing to Pontypridd on the weekend and will provide a different challenge for his Ravens side.
‘They are a different challenge. I expect a physical battle and our boys have got to step up to the plate in this area first.
Saturday showed that we are dangerous from anywhere and sides need to be wary of that. We are mindful that Cross Keys had a really successful season last year and this is going to be a tough test.
Playing away from home is always difficult in the Premiership but we are looking forward to it. I know that the Bridgend faithful with be there in good voice and we hope to give them something to shout about.’
Bridgend captain Jonathon Vaughan is also wary of the challenge laying ahead for his side.
‘The squad is on a real high after our narrow victory last weekend. This is our first challenge away from home and going to Gwent is never easy.
We know what it takes to win at Pandy Park having won there last season. Hopefully the weather will be a bit better this year so we can play the style we want to play. They had a great season last year, so it will be a tough day at the office – no doubt.’
Last season, Bridgend completed an impressive double over the Swalec Cup winners. The Ravens won a tight encounter at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field 30-29 with a last minute penalty from stand in goal kicker Gareth Howells. In the reverse fixture, the Ravens stormed to an impressive 6-23 win in horrendous conditions at Pandy Park. Head coach Ben Rose will be desperate for more of the same from the boys in blue and white.