RUGBY UNION: BIRMINGHAM and Solihull Bees scored 57 points for the second week running to extend their unbeaten league run to five games.
The club rounded off its first month of league action with another bonus point victory against Doncaster Phoenix, maintaining their 100 per cent league record and moving up to second spot in the Midlands Premier League.
Bees ran in nine tries against a Doncaster side that had no answer to Bees’ power and pace.
Andy Weaver, Zane Raimondi, Harry O’Brien, Max Rodman and Ashley Scriven all got themselves on the scoresheet, as did Umraan Jadwatt and JT Nabetelevu who both bagged a brace.
Skipper Jack Jolly chipped in with six successful conversions, which rounded off another highly satisfactory day at the office for the visitors.
Ground sharing with Championship outfit the Knights, Doncaster Phoenix’s Castle Park stadium has – arguably – one of the best playing surfaces in the league.
And the Bees showed their intent to do justice to the conditions, playing fast and open running rugby right from the outset.
Wing sensation JT Nabetelevu opened Bees’ account within five minutes when cleverly spotting a gap at a breakdown and gliding in from ten metres out.
The visitors didn’t have things all their own way in the first 20 minutes though. Jadwatt was sin-binned for a high tackle while Phoenix’s pressure was rewarded with a try for Jay Robinson.
With Bees welcoming Jadwatt back onto the pitch, Doncaster crashed over for their second try to put the south Yorkshire outfit ahead.
But Bees were soon on level terms courtesy of a try for lock forward Weaver following some patient build up play.
The turning point came shortly before the close of the first half when three tries in 12 minutes helped Bees earn a comfortable 17-33 lead at half time.
Any prospect of comeback for the Phoenix was quickly quashed by a solo try for Bees fly half Max Rodman while Nabetekevu scored his second soon after.
Sam Bottomley showed the home side were yet to throw in the towel with a marker of his own, while Hill scored his second try to earn Doncaster a bonus point as drizzle turned into steady rain.
Pete Glackkin’s side registered two further tries to win the game, which ended 29-57.
The Bees have a break from league action when they welcome Camp Hill to Portway this Friday (7.45pm) in the North Midlands Cup Quarter Final. T
heir Midlands Premier campaign then restarts on Saturday, October 14, with a home tie at Portway against Lichfield (3pm).