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Birmingham and Solihull 18 Plymouth Albion 36

BEES blew their big chance to get up and running this season by producing a wretched second half show against Plymouth Albion - who sit just above them in The Championship.

BEES blew their big chance to get up and running this season by producing a wretched second half show against Plymouth Albion - who sit just above them in The Championship.

Dejected director of rugby Russell Earnshaw admitted there were no positives to be taken from Bees performance as Plymouth took charge after the break.

It all began so promisingly when second row Adrian Griffiths powered his way over for a try following some fine play from pack partner Semisi Tualava.

The fact fly half Sam Robinson missed the conversion was perhaps a more accurate sign of things to come.

Bees struggled woefully with both their kicking and line-out, areas that need Earnshaw’s immediate attention.

In contrast Plymouth fly half Alex Davies popped over three penalties and was desperately unlucky to have a fourth judged wide.

Davies provided Plymouth with a slender 9-8 advantage by half time and Earnshaw insisted he would have accepted that situation, especially after playing into the wind.

What Earnshaw didn’t bargain for was Bees indisciplined second half show.

Plymouth applied the pressure with centre Sione Tuipulutu scoring from a driving maul while second row Robin Copeland increased the advantage to 23-8 from a series of pick-up and drives.

Davies supplied the extras on both occasions and then banged over a couple of penalties after Bees had threatened a revival following Simon Hunt’s try.

Another sizzling run by Hunt set up the gallant Griffiths for his second try but Plymouth cemented victory when Davies intercepted a wayward Ollie Grove pass to score and convert, bringing his personal tally to 26 points.

Earnshaw has now called for a leader to step forward - especially as the Bees boss departs for the Commonwealth Games with England 7’s on Saturday while his side venture north to face Rotherham Titans.

Bees will be without hooker Dan Oselton who snapped his achilles within two minutes against Plymouth with Greg Sammons the likely replacement.

 

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