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Birmingham & Solihull RFC 22 Leicester Lions 27

Birmingham & Solihull RFC 22 Leicester Lions 27: Bees were left licking their wounds after their pack was mauled by a rampant Leicester Lions

Bees may have been left licking their wounds after their pack was mauled by a rampant Leicester Lions but one former Portway favourite is convinced they are on the up.

“The set-up here is fantastic, they’ve got a great director of rugby in Eugene Martin and the team is really going places,” said loose-head prop Ben Spokes, who put two tries past Bees to condemn them to a fifth defeat out of six matches in National Two North.

“It’s always good to get one over on your old club but, to be honest, I can’t remember too much about the tries.”

So dominant was the Leicester eight that despite losing two men to yellow cards in the first half, they still raced into a 21-0 lead.

Despite a stirring second-half Bees comeback, which saw them take the lead 22-21 at one stage thanks to two tries from winger Rupert Giles and one from centre Steven Johns, backed by a penalty from fly-half Adam Canning who also added two conversions, they succumbed to a killer try from Spokes.

Bees coach Henno Venter admitted he was ‘massively disappointed’ after seeing his side fail to defeat a Lions outfit they beat home and away last season.

“We had a really good week in training, we said how we wanted to play and it just did not happen,” he said, “we were half asleep.”

A rousing half time team talk put some sting back into the Bees and they came within a whisker of extending their lead but the score was disallowed for blocking. However the loss was yet another narrow defeat for the Portway outfit which, back to full strength for Saturday, will be looking the beat Preston Grasshoppers away.



Cathrina Hulse
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