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Foxtrotting Bees dance their way to victory

Birmingham Solihull 31 v Blaydon 8

Birmingham Solihull 31 v Blaydon 18

THE crunch from Ngalu Taus tackle on Blaydons Matthew Mellish is still probably reverberating around Solihull.

Not bad for a hit that took place at the Portway, nine miles away, and which epitomised the Bees performance against their much fancied visitors from the north east.

Not only that but by running in four tries all scored by the backs they bagged themselves a bonus point too.

In a nutshell this was a world away from the side that shipped a shed load of tries the previous week against Sedgley, as director of rugby Russell Earnshaw was quick to point out.

We showed determination, emotion, all the things that were missing last week, our backs were sharp and our forwards fronted up, he said.

Two weeks ago I couldnt see us scoring any tries from anywhere on the park and now theyre coming along like buses.

And yet this was a game that started ominously for the Damson Park outfit.

A highball was dropped and Blaydons outside centre Dave Clark a threat all afternoon cut through the Bees back division like a knife through butter.

The score was a penalty piece when a worrying drive by the Blaydon pack put flanker Rob Bell over for the first try on 19 minutes.

But the Bees backs have obviously been watching their Strictly Come Dancing because from a slow slow ball came a quick quick dart from centre Alex White to score on 29 minutes, fly half Dan Hawkes adding the extras.

Just before half time it was the same again, a slow rumble from the forwards followed by a quick break by man of the match Warwick Lahmert at scrum half to release the backs, winger Jack Pons scoring in the corner. Hawkes, brilliantly, converted from the touchline.

Half time and in the stand the Blaydon supporters were muttering their pack, which had been dominant all season was on the back foot and they didnt know what to do.

From the re-start the visitors laid siege to the Bees line, but the men in black held firm, a defence epitomised by Taus tackle on Mellish.

After nearly 20 minutes bottled in their own half finally Bees broke out, the backs again wrong-footing the defence to send full back Jon Lowden racing over, Hawkes again converting.

With the game disappearing Blaydons lock Chris Wearmouth pulled a try back, converted by fly half Tom Cattrick to make it 24-15 before the No10 slotted a drop goal to offer the visitors a losing bonus point and possibly a sniff of victory too.

However they didnt reckon with the foxtrotting Bees who again from so slow ball suddenly sent it wide first to centre Greg Evans then inside to Lowden to score, Hawkes adding the conversion to seal the match, the winning bonus point and to sink Blaydon.

Veteran prop Matt Long put the win down to a growing sense of belief amongst the 15.

The Blaydon lads said it was the first time this season that they hadnt dominated up front, and its all down to us believing in ourselves and playing for each other.

If the pack can get parity then it gives our backs time and if they can score tries like they did today then the pack is more than happy to do the donkey work to put them in that position.

Were starting to play sensible rugby and by biding our time and taking our chances were starting to win.

Next week Bees are away to Barking.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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