How we use Cookies

Cambridge 29 Birmingham & Solihull 33

BOUYANT Birmingham & Solihull Bees travel to Cornwall for the second time in a month to take on one of rugby's biggest success stories, Mounts Bay, tomorrow.

BOUYANT Birmingham & Solihull Bees travel to Cornwall for the second time in a month to take on one of rugby's biggest success stories, Mounts Bay, tomorrow.

The Penzance side were only formed in 1999 and were plying their trade against their local minnow neighbours in Cornwall II just nine years ago.

But a series of almost faultless campaigns has seen Mounts Bay rise to fame, and last years National Three South champions are now mixing it with the big boys.

So far though, they have failed to win any of their three games this season, picking up just one bonus point in a 14-7 defeat at Tynedale on the opening day of the season.

Their record at The Mennaye Field last year was outstanding but high-flying Bees will be going all out for the win tomorrow.

Last week a first half blitz saw Russell Earnshaw's side blow away big-spending Cambridge to move them into 4th place in National Two just four points behind leaders Launceston.

A blip in the opening game of the season away at Redruth is the only downside to an otherwise impressive start to the season.

In-form Simon Hunt is relishing his second spell with Bees and scored a hat-trick of early tries last week to put the Sharman's Cross side in the driving seat.

Full back Reece Spee set up his first with Mitch Culpin assisting his second.

An impressive third was all his own doing as he charged onto his own kick forward to speed between the posts and complete his trio of tries.

Reliable kicker Mark Woodrow converted two of the tries and added a penalty before Cameron Mitchell got in on the fun with a try of his own.

Ed Orgee was sin binned for Bees which allowed Dave Archer to hit back with a converted try and Chris Lombaard further reduced the scores with a fine individual touchdown.

Woodrow added two more penalties and Bees held firm despite tries for Cambridge from skipper Darren Fox and scrum half Dave Hunter.

Earnshaw praised the first 25 minutes of the game as 'the best rugby he had ever been part of' but hoped that a hard week of training would help to eradicate some of the silly errors.

 

Journalists

Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
Full newsroom contact details
Tell us what's happening in your area.