BEES showed what they are capable of with a maximum points victory over mid-table Doncaster.
Some outstanding individual performances, including more tries from Simon Hunt, propelled Bees to 35 points and a bonus point to leave them one point off local rivals Moseley at the foot of the Championship.
Bees began strongly, scoring two tries in the first 20 minutes. Mark Woodrow received the ball after a scrum on halfway and gave it to winger Simon Hunt who ran in to score.
Ollie Grove was next on the scoresheet with a try and Mark Woodrow added extras with a conversion and a penalty kick.
Doncaster did hit back through a try from Neil Cochrane and two Tristan Roberts penalties, but Bees were in front at half time.
The game see-sawed in the visitors’ favour at the beginning of the second-half - Roberts kicking another penalty.
Tongan lock Semisi Taulava helped restore the Bees’ lead with a try from close range, Woodrow kicking the conversion once more.
Doncaster scored their second try soon after, Roberts crossing this time for the visitors.
Woodrow kicked another three points before Taulava was shown a dubious yellow card. At this point, a man down, Bees could have crumbled, but instead they went on and scored a fourth try, Simon Hunt claiming his second of the afternoon.
Bees held on to their lead, showing good discipline to see out the victory.
Bees’ director of rugby Russell Earnshaw, who played 70 minutes of the match, praised the team for concentrating on the simple things.
“We need to build on the confidence from the win now,” he said.
“I’m really pleased. It was nothing dramatic, we just stuck to our gameplan and did our basics really well.”
An added bonus came from the match being classed as a ‘double-header’, meaning the game counted as both a league fixture and a B&I Cup game.
The British and Irish Cup will occupy the Bees for their next three fixtures, with games against Ayr, Llandovey and Pontypridd.
However the league will surely be of more concern to the team. Earnshaw admitted the players had resigned themselves to the relegation play-offs, but the change in mindset was allowing them to play with more freedom.
The coach also downplayed the significance of Bees’ next league fixture at Moseley.
“It’s always a big game,” he said. “But it’s not as big as when we played them last year.”
Bees kick-off against Ayr this Sunday at 3pm at Damson Park in the British and Irish Cup.