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Things looking up - reprieve for Bees

THE BEES can keep buzzing for the rest of the season as rugby officials this week granted them a licence to complete their fixtures.

THE BEES can keep buzzing for the rest of the season as rugby officials this week granted them a licence to complete their fixtures.

The decision by the RFU means that Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club could in fact stay in the Championship next year - if they can win the relegation play-offs in March.

It brings to an end a tortuous three months in which the Solihull outfit have had a planning application rejected, lost half of their squad and faced a winding up order over unpaid tax bills.

Wednesday’s ruling was welcomed by everyone at the resurrected club, including head coach - and newly appointed club director - Russell Earnshaw, who said things are finally starting to look up at Sharmans Cross Road.

“I’ve told my players to treat the next 16 games running up to March as preparation for the play-offs - which will decide our fate in this league,” he said.

“Since we were granted an initial temporary licence (last month), there has been a great deal of work done behind the scenes.

“We will hopefully now be able to firmly put the events of recent months behind us and look forward to brighter times ahead.”

Earnshaw, who also plays for the club, is currently in Dubai with the England 7s. While away, he has left playing matters in the hands of fellow coach Eugene Martin, who oversaw the Bees 52-10 defeat to Rotherham Titans on Saturday, in the British & Irish Cup.

Despite a very one-sided first half, in which the Bees fielded five new players but found themselves 40-3 down at the break, things picked up in the second period.

The Bees enjoyed more possession and territory and produced several try-scoring opportunities. They took one, through Simon Hunt, just after the hour and could have had several more.

They will have a chance to build on their second half performance with another fixture in the B&I Cup this weekend, against Cardiff at home tomorrow.

“We haven’t got as big a squad as most of the Championship clubs, so we won’t have the luxury of resting our top players for the cup game,” added Earnshaw.

* The Bees are offering a special entrance price for the home B&I Cup encounter with Cardiff, at just £10 for Adults, £5 concessions and children free.

 

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