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Bees coach Eugene Martin fumes over set-piece penalties

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BEES boss Eugene Martin is to check the referee’s interpretation of the scrummaging laws ahead of their match against Stockport on Saturday (2pm).

Against Preston Grasshoppers last week he stood powerless as his pack were whistled out of the set piece by the man in the middle.

Days later he was still fuming and fears that opponents will deliberately target the Bees scrum because it has turned into such an effective weapon.

“We need to get some clarity on the scrum,” he said. “The week before the referee was happy with it and last week a different referee wasn’t.

“What’s the use of having a dominant scrum if it’s penalised by the referee - we might as well all play Rugby League.”

Grasshoppers obviously feared the Bees’ pack and did their utmost to disrupt the set-piece, wheeling it and breaking bindings - for which the home forwards suffered.

“I’m immensely proud, the entire team worked really hard, and our set-piece unbelievable, “ he said.

“But I think targeting it is going to be a tactic now from everyone coming up against us.”

A Jack Jolly penalty and conversion of an Oscar Heath try got Bees off to the best possible start.

Preston replied with three tries, two converted, and despite a Lee Chapman drop goal and another Jolly penalty, Bees had to settle for a losing bonus point.

On Saturday they take on second from bottom Stockport in National League 2 (North) at The Portway.

 

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