Birmingham & Solihull Bees secure third win on the bounce - The Solihull Observer

Birmingham & Solihull Bees secure third win on the bounce

Solihull Editorial 30th Nov, 2016 Updated: 30th Nov, 2016   0

RUGBY UNION: BIRMINGHAM & Solihull Bees picked up their third consecutive victory after a dominant first half display was enough to beat Peterborough Lions in the National League Three Midlands division.

Basking in the late autumnal low sun at a becalmed but chilly Portway, the Bees were deservedly 12-0 to the good after 15 minutes, with man of the match Tawanda Chipadza scoring the first and he was heavily involved in the second try for the home side.

The first score saw the pacey winger pounce on a lucky bounce from a Jack Jolly box kick, dancing through the Lions’ defence to score under the post.

The second try, dotted down by Zane Raimondi, was created by some great work by fly half Max Rodman and some quick recycling put the abrasive Bees’ hooker over the line. Unfortunately, Jolly wasn’t able to make it two conversions out of two.

With the Bees continuing to get the better of a big Lions side in every department, the Portway faithful were being treated to some expansive rugby by a side that was looking sharp and assured.

Ben Phillips – making his first start in the first team this season at full back – together with the impressive Rodman brought some real zip into the three-quarter play, with Jevon Hinds also getting through a high work rate in both attack and defence on the right wing.

Try as they might, Peterborough could not impose their physicality on a Bees side that were showing why they have one of the best defensive records in the league.

The away side’s cause wasn’t helped by several unforced handling errors, with Nico Defeo also missing out on a kickable penalty. With Jolly having no such problem his attempt, the Bees went into the break well in control at 15-0.

The men in black showed no sign of lowering their intensity at the start of the second half and were soon ahead by 18 points thanks to another Jolly penalty. Raimondi added two strikes against the head to his first half try as the Bees continued to be as solid in the scrum as they were in the lineout.

With Hinds taken out in the air for the third time, the Lions were perhaps lucky to have kept 15 men on the pitch. That was something that the Bees failed to do when lock Andrew Weaver was shown yellow for a deliberate knock on.

The Lions used their numerical advantage to open their account with a try by substitute prop Tom Avies from a rolling maul.

More impressive defence from the Bees prevented further incursions into their 22 until the dying embers of the game, with substitute Leven Stapleton going over from near range. With Defeo’s kicking radar still askew, the Lions were denied the consolation of a losing bonus point.

A third win on the bounce puts the Bees just one point behind fifth-placed Sandbach, who are this Saturday’s opponents in Cheshire.


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