Birmingham & Solihull 13
THE trip up the M6 played havoc with slow-starting Bees who got their 2013/14 campaign off to a losing start against newly promoted Chester.
The home side were quicker in thought and deed as they raced into an early lead, with the referee playing advantage and David Ford ploughing his way over from close to the line. Then came a scintillating break from halfway by Rhys Hayes for a converted try under the posts.
Bees clawed their way into the game with a penalty from Adam Canning for 12-3 at the break. Then just after the break, great driving play by the pack and some good handling fashioned an overlap for Joe Mogati to cross wide. But Chester regrouped and strong forward play within the visitors’ 22 created the opportunity for Gavin Woods to crash over for his side’s third. Bees came again but despite some enterprising play, they were unable to break through.
In the final 10 minutes, Chester took the bonus point; Ford picking up at the back of a scrum to force his way over and Hayes tagging the extras.
The visitors came up with the best try of the afternoon in the final minute, a superb team effort putting Mogati over for his second.
On Saturday Bees face Leicester Lions at home, kick off 2pm, and know they’ll have to start playing right from kick off.