HAT-TRICKS of tries for Matt Austin and Jay Drinkwater guided Birmingham Exiles to the Midlands Six West (SW) championship but this season was all about the team effort.
The title was Exiles’ first in the reformed club’s 12-year history which made the champagne taste even sweeter.
Despite their nearest rivals Warley still having another game to play, the Bickenhill-based side ended their season on a high to finish as champions.
Scott Forester provided the assist for right winger Austin to cross for a try in the corner early on before the full-back improved Drinkwater’s first of the afternoon.
Then a typical darting run up the left touchline by Forester saw him turn the ball inside to Drinkwater who went over for his second try which Forester goaled.
Before half-time Austin grabbed his second of the day which was comfortably converted by Forester.
After the break the hosts started positively but on the hour mark Drinkwater rounded off yet another back line move from a scrum, cutting through a beleaguered home defence to complete his hat-trick.
And to wrap up the game late on Drinkwater turned provider as he supplied the assist for Austin to complete his hat-trick.
Forester naturally adding the extras.
At the final whistle, the suitably jubilant E’s were led by skipper Iuean Cavill through the tunnel of home players who gave them due acknowledgement.