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Late sting in tail for Birmingham & Solihull Bees

Birmingham & Solihull RFC director of rugby Eugene Martin admitted that his side had let a real opportunity slip through their fingers.

Bees 21 Chester 25

Gutted Bees director of rugby Eugene Martin admitted that his side had let a real opportunity slip through their fingers after Chester snatched victory with the very last move of the match.

Bees had looked certainties to secure a much-needed win when fly-half Adam Canning cantered over for a try which he converted himself with just four minutes remaining.

But there was a late sting in the tail as Bees were unable to wind down the clock as fly-half Rhys Hayes bagged a last-ditch try.

As a result, Bees have now dropped into the bottom three.

Martin said: “I knew when Adam Canning scored his late try that we couldn’t get too carried away.

“We’ve been in this position before and still come up short.

“We did the same again and that’s been the story of our season.”

After conceding an early converted try from right-wing Craig Ross, Bees hit back when full-back Ian Briggs burst in to score for the accurate Canning to convert.

Only a penalty from Hayes separated the sides at half-time.

Another Ross try failed to faze Bees, who got themselves back into contention with a try from winger Aquile Smith, which Canning again converted.

Although Chester went 18-14 in front through a second Hayes penalty, there was always the feeling that Bees had something up their sleeve.

They pounded Chester’s line before Canning took advantage of some quick scrummage ball to score by the posts and then convert.

However, it wasn’t enough as Hayes went over at the last for Chester.

 

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