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Huddersfield 14 Birmingham & Solihull Bees 22: Dogged Bees show all their battling spirit

Brave Birmingham and Solihull Bees underlined all their battling qualities as they handed Huddersfield their first home defeat of the season.

Brave Bees underlined all their battling qualities as they handed Huddersfield their first home defeat of the season.

The win was better than it seems, because Bees kept Huddersfield at bay for a period either side of half-time when they were reduced to 13 players.

Prop forwards Pete Koziot and replacement Jonah Voyce were handed yellow cards in quick succession, which led to a period of uncontested scrums.

Bees appeared to be in early danger when Huddersfield took the lead with a try after eight minutes from No.8 Nick Sharpe which scrum half Joel Hinchcliffe converted.

But within ten minutes, Bees were 14-7 ahead thanks to tries from winger Dai Evans and centre Rob Connelly with fly-half Adam Canning converting both scores.

Huddersfield clawed themselves back level just before the half-hour mark.

But that was the last time they proved able to breach Bees’ dogged defence and Martin’s men soon regained the lead with a try from second-row skipper Chris Goddard.

Leading 19-14, Bees then faced a rearguard action while reduced to 13 but defended as though their lives depended upon it and once restored to a full quota of 15, stretched the advantage on 66 minutes with a Canning penalty which put daylight between the two sides.

Director of rugby Eugene Martin said: “The players were unbelievably brave. We had to change our gameplan for that period when we were down to 13.

“We definitely needed the win and all season we seem to have been there or thereabouts.”

 

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