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Bees hope for training buzz

The Bees are hoping that extra training sessions can get them buzzing again after they recorded their seventh loss in seven games at the weekend.

The Bees are hoping that extra training sessions can get them buzzing again after they recorded their seventh loss in seven games at the weekend.

The remaining players at the cash-strapped club have all agreed to up their training from two days a week to three in a bid to win their first Championship game of the season.

Head Coach Russell Earnshaw believes that the increased work load will eventually pay off - hopefully beginning at Cornish Pirates on Sunday.

“We’ll train Tuesday and Wednesday night and Thursday morning now,” the player coach said. “The players asked for it and that shows a great attitude among the ones who are left.

“After Saturday we clearly need a lot of work on our lineout. Having watched it back it was very messy.”

The Bees made too many mistakes to ever be in the game against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, despite two late tries that made the scoreline seem not so one-sided.

Playing at home, the Bees soon went behind when Exeter’s Paul McKenzie was allowed to cross the line with too much ease. Shortly after, Danny Gray slotted a penalty as well as kicking the conversion.

Chris Budgen scored another try for the Chiefs, but determined to keep fighting, the Bees pulled one back thanks to Mitch Culpin, with Ronnie McLean converting.

Yet two further tries from the visitors before half time, courtesy of Josh Matavesi and Sean Marsden, saw Exeter pull away from the Bees yet again. And then after the break, Tom Hayes, Richard Bolt and Haydn Thomas all touched down for the Chiefs.

With only five minutes left, the Bees were never going to catch Exeter – but consolation tries came from Rod Petty and then Cameron Mitchell to make the scoreline a more respectable 21-51.

 

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