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Moseley prop Simon Gardiner has made a major impact at Birmingham Solihull.

Moseley prop Simon Gardiner has made a major impact at Birmingham Solihull.

The on-loan former Scarlets star has been drafted in to the Portway outfit as Bees struggle to beef up their front five following a spate of injuries.

Director of rugby Eugene Martin did the deal with his Billesley Common counterpart Kevin Maggs after it became clear that his side were struggling in the tight.

“Simon has made a massive impact in the scrum,” said Martin. “The set-piece is really important these days.

“When you lose players like Will Radburn (the hooker who has gone overseas) and Matt Long (prop), that’s a lot of experience gone.

“So we’re working on all aspects of our pack, especially the tight five, in the set piece, re-starts and in the loose and Simon is a key part of that.”

The Welshman made an immediate impact against Hull as Bees drove the home pack off their own ball in the first five minutes of Saturday’s match, starting a series of moves that ended with a score for lock Chris Goddard.

Bees were also much more secure in defence with the tight-head anchoring the scrum as Hull piled on the pressure in the last quarter of the match.

The victory, in which Bees also registering a penalty try and a five-pointer for winger Aquile Smith, while fly-half Adam Canning added two conversions and a penalty, means that Martin is one third of the way to completing his plan to change the club’s league fortunes over the festive period.

“We’ve got Broadstreet away tomorrow, then (bottom of the table) Stockport on January 3.

“These are both winnable games and would represent a great start to the second half of the season for us,” he said.

 

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