Hull 24 Bees 28
THE only way is up for Bees who once again travel north east this weekend to take on Hull Ionians.
Last week and in the same city they brilliantly fought back from a 21-6 half-time deficit to record a stunning 24-28 victory against Ionians’ near neighbours Hull.
However delighted forwards coach Henno Venter says his charges are keeping their feet firmly on the ground despite their remarkable start to 2013.
“We’re confident but we’re not getting too big-headed about it,” said the former Coventry RFC stalwart.
“We’ve got a fantastic bunch of lads, they’ve been training hard and hopefully we can come away with a result.”
Ionians currently sit second in National League 2 North but their position in the hierarchy doesn’t faze the big lock forward.
“We’ve looked at the DVDs but we’ll be preparing in the same way as we did for Hull.
“What cost us early in the season was that we were starting with a fresh bunch of lads.
“Teams were beating us because they had experienced players while we had youngsters.
“Now our lads are coming together, growing in confidence, working as a team and I think in this league anyone can beat anyone on a good day.”
Bees certainly showed tremendous character against Hull. Previously a 21-6 half-time scoreline would have seen them wilt; instead they came back with a vengeance, the arrival of replacement prop Matt Long transforming an already powerful pack. They took charge upfront and as they did so, Hull infringed once too often and the red card was flourished.
Centre Steve Leach touched down after a driving maul had destroyed the home forwards and a penalty try soon followed, capped by a third by young Colts winger Alex O’Malley.
With Jack Jolly kicking three penalties and two conversions, Bees were home and dry to secure a famous victory.
Bees are away to Ionians this weekend before facing local rivals Dudley Kingswinford at home on March 2, kick off 2pm.