B’ham & Solihull 5 Stourbridge 25
BEES head into this weekend’s match against Leicester Lions buoyed by an impressive performance against promotion hopefuls Stourbridge.
Director of Rugby Eugene Martin said he was proud of the way his young team competed against the more experienced Black Country outfit.
“I was proud of the guys and the way they went about the game,” said Martin.
“To hold a team like Stourbridge to 8-0 at half time going into the wind was a great job.
“Things unravelled a bit towards the end of the third quarter but that’s what happens when you bring together 26 new guys from a lower level. One thing you can’t knock is their enthusiasm which is something you just can’t coach and they will come together as a team.”
Plus points were the incredible spirit in the team, with every man tackling like a demon, and their incredible fitness - just when you thought they must wilt under the pressure they turned the tables on Stourbridge and scored themselves, replacement scrum half Oscar Heath finishing a very neat move.
The pack played well while the backs showed some bright flashes of real class, full back Jack Pons and centre Harry Sanders showing the way.
On the negative side the players obviously lacked game time together.
However all of these are fixable and the feeling is that Bees have got themselves a rough diamond of a team that can make waves in this division.
A Tom Jarvis penalty and tries from Stefan Cooksammy (2), Drew Harper and James Rodley secured the match for the visitors.