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Stockport 27 Birmingham & Solihull RFC 27

Birmingham and Solihull Bees denied at the death after fine comeback.

Birmingham and Solihull were denied victory in the final moments at Stockport despite coming from behind against the basement side.

A late Aquile Smith try looked to have saved his side’s blushes after coach Henno Venter said the Bees had suffered from the Christmas break. He said: “We know when we play away, it is always hard to pick up a win but we should have won that today.

“We will take that draw after the break as we have had a lot of players coming back from injuries and have had a few players who haven’t been able to make training over the festive period.”

The Bees were behind in the opening minutes when Ashley Platt-Hughes made a break for the opening try which was converted by Mark Edwards.

Adam Canning responded with a penalty before the Manchester-based side went 14-3 up at the break when Paul Millea went over from short range for a converted try.

The second half was a different story for the Bees who found a way back on 44 minutes when Guy Evans broke before playing in Steve Jones for a converted try.

However, Stockport bounced back and looked set for victory when Millea flew over for his second try before Edwards kicked a penalty.

Coach Venter came off the bench for his first appearance in over a year since his meningitis scare and within minutes charged over to make it 24-17. Minutes later, the Bees looked to have secured victory when Rod Petty kicked through Smith to put the Bees 27-24 ahead with minutes left.

However, Stockport had other ideas and in the last second an Edwards penalty rescued a draw.



Cathrina Hulse
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