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Birmingham & Solihull 35 Caldy 15: Pack power is crucial for Bees again

Birmingham & Solihull came out comfortable winners against Caldy, moving up to fifth spot in SSE National League 2 North.

By Richard Smith

Birmingham & Solihull came out comfortable winners against Caldy, moving up to fifth spot in SSE National League 2 North.

Bees’ No.8 Steve Leach opened the scoring after just three minutes but Caldy struck back almost immediately, with Josh Grant-Bulter scoring from a rolling maul.

Rod Petty – playing at fly-half – slotted a penalty on the 15-minute to give the Bees the advantage.

Forward power has been a cornerstone of the Bees’ success this season and they turned it on to great effect over the next 20 minutes, notching up four unanswered tries.

The first came from Chris Goddard with Steve Johns, a second for Leach and then prop Stefan Thorp, on loan from Moseley, also going over to put Bees in commanding position at the break.

Caldy looked far more purposeful in the second half but good tackling, excellent disruptive work at the loose and a couple of front of line out steals by tireless flanker Ashley Scriven all combined to frustrate the visitors.

However, the side from the Wirral were eventually rewarded for their industry with a try for No.8 Craig Smithson after a succession of scrums on the Bees line.

Both sides continued to play at a good tempo, although equally effective defensive work limited the scoring.

Caldy, who had the majority of possession in the second half, got a further consolation try with five minutes to go with winger Matt Van Sertima crossing in the corner.

Birmingham & Solihull: Fensome, Elvers, Connolly Johns (T), Mogaji, Petty (P, 2C), Jolly (P), Leach (2T), Scriven, Stephens, Goddard (T), Lee, Bingham, Radburn, Thorp (T), Replacements: Boyce, Dunne, Linnett, Koziot and Briggs.

 

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