LOCAL bragging rights belonged to Birmingham Civil Service after they defeat Birmingham Exiles 8-28 in the Midland 5 West South league on Saturday.
The Exiles were always playing catch after falling behind after ten minutes with a try in the corner and the visitors proved to be just that little bit sharper in the back division.
The home side responded with a well-struck penalty from inside centre Andy Perkins and the host put up some dogged defending but they could not prevent their opponents from crossing twice again, the second converted, to take a 3-17 lead into the break.
Soon after the re-start, Service extended their lead with a penalty goal however the home pack were competing every inch with the visiting eight and it was no more than the hosts deserved when, from a penalty lineout, hooker Gavin Tillentine drove over from close range.
Service then kicked another penalty goal to take them 15 points clear, and rounded of the scoring with another try in the corner just before full-ime
This Saturday Exiles travel to Bedford Swifts for a tie in the opening round of the RFU Junior Vase.