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Plymouth match first for two months

BIRMINGHAM and Solihull will be playing their first league game at Sharmans Cross Road in over two months when they face Plymouth on Saturday.

BIRMINGHAM and Solihull will be playing their first league game at Sharmans Cross Road in over two months when they face Plymouth on Saturday.

Due to a raft of postponements and playing their recent ‘home’ games at the floodlit Billesley Common, the Bees have not been at Sharmans Cross since early December.

Playing London Welsh on that day, Birmingham and Solihull were battered 29-6 - and the Bees have still failed to win a league game this season.

But thanks to the hard work of head coach Russell Earnshaw the Bees are still buzzing following the addition of 14 new players since December - giving them a chance to stay in the league come the relegation play-offs in March.

With the Bees improving every week and the coaches getting an idea of their preferred starting line up, back row Leo Halavatau is in confident mood.

“It’s a big possibility, we are improving and our potential is very big,” said the 26-year-old, who has recently switched to tighthead.

“We have a lot to work on before the play-offs and once we hit those goals we will be a different team. If we were 100 per cent now and still losing we could be pessimistic but we have a lot we can put into it.

“I think by the play-offs we can get to the point where we can get parity - we are already getting to that stage.”

If the Bees want to win their first game of the season against Plymouth Albion tomorrow (2pm), they will have to quickly forget their two recent defeats.

On Saturday Birmingham and Solihull were outplayed in the B&I Cup, going down 49-14 to Scottish outfit Ayr. And in an improved performance on Wednesday night, Bees also lost to Doncaster by five tries to one, 33-7.

 

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