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Bees buzzing again as Tigers are tamed

Bees bounced back from the disappointment of last week’s defeat at Preston with a comfortable win at Portway.

Oscar Heath
Oscar Heath

Bees bounced back from the disappointment of last week’s defeat at Preston with a comfortable win at Portway.

Oscar Heath and Chris Goddard both made welcome comebacks to the starting XV and their influence was obvious from the start, with full-back Heath making some strong runs from the deep and Goddard the beating heart of a well-oiled Bees’ line-out.

Jack Jolly, who had his best game in a Bees shirt for some time, slotted over a penalty after six minutes when the Tigers found themselves offside at a ruck.

Just three minutes later, the home side scored the first of four first-half tries.

Fly-half Rod Petty spun the ball out to Heath, who fed to Chris Fensome, cutting in from his wing. Centre Rob Connolly was then on hand to take the offload. Jolly added the conversion to make it 10-0.

Bees went 17-0 up in the 21st minute with Petty scrambling over the line after an acrobatic offload from winger Jimmy Oliver. Jolly added the extras.

By now the home crowd were lapping up the high-tempo fare, with crisp handling and deft offloading.

But it wasn’t just in the backs where precision was on display, as illustrated by the Bees’ third try.

The formula of penalty, plus kick to touch, plus catch and rolling maul, equals try to Goddard, is now a well-proven one and, thanks to another conversion by Jolly, Bees stretched the lead to 24-0 after 29 minutes.

By now, they were dominating virtually every department and a clever cross-field kick from Petty gave Steve Leach – lingering with intent on the right wing – a try and with it the bonus point for the home side five minutes before the end of the first period.

The second half was as entertaining as the first, although it took the Bees 25 minutes to add to their first-half tally.

Heath came close to scoring in the corner but was denied by the touch judge’s flag.

However, just a minute later, some lovely running in the centre by man-of-the-match Steve Johns created the overlap for Goddard in the other corner.

The golden boot of Jolly made it 36-0.

With the Tigers’ resources stretched by injury, there was now an air of champagne rugby about the Bees’ play with replacement winger Ashley Elvers cashing in with two tries.

The first, successfully converted by Jolly, came from a quick tap from Petty, who was as alert as a Meerkat all afternoon.

The second was created by another gliding run from Johns to make the final score 48-0.

 

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