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Birmingham & Solihull Bees 20 Harrogate 20

Bees forwards coach Henno Venter was full of praise for his players following their 20-20 draw with fifth placed Harrogate.

Bees forwards coach Henno Venter was full of praise for his players following their 20-20 draw with fifth placed Harrogate.

The Bees were staring defeat in the face after Harrogate secured what appeared to be a match winning try with just three minutes remaining.

But the Bees refused to accept defeat and battled back to snatch a last-gasp converted try of their own through Captain Fantastic Chris Goddard.

It was no more than Bees deserved and a delighted Venter said: “The objective before the game was to make sure we played for the full 80 minutes – and that’s exactly what we did. It’s something we’ve not been doing in recent games and we were determined to put that right!”

Bees fell behind to an early penalty struck by Harrogate full back Jon Dawes, but then went on to boss much of the first half, building up a 13-3 lead in the process.

Fly half Adam Canning cancelled out Dawes’ early penalty before Goddard drove over with his pack for a try following a line-out, which Canning converted and then added a further penalty.

Harrogate hit back with a try from inside centre Luke Edwards which Dawes converted. But the signs looked ominous for Bees when they had scrum half Jack Jolly yellow carded just before half time.

Harrogate levelled soon after the break with another Dawes penalty, but it was Bees who dominated for long periods but failed to convert pressure into points. Bees looked down and out when Harrogate outside centre Sam Bottomley exposed a stretched defence to score in the corner for replacement Joe Rowntree to convert.

But Bees wouldn’t give up and Goddard grabbed a dramatic late try which Canning duly converted.

 

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