B’ham & Solihull 34 Hull 16
BEES head into tomorrow’s crunch local derby against Dudley Kingswinford with their tails up after this heartening bonus point victory over a grizzled Hull outfit.
Dudley K though will pose a different problem. Newly promoted, they’ll be anxious to get their season on track after collecting a hatful of plaudits but only one victory in the opening eight fixtures of the season.
They’ve already become the nearly men of National League 2 North, losing out 34-32 away to Westoe last weekend but picking up two bonus points in the process.
It means that the fixture at their Swindon Road HQ deep in the Black Country between DK’s gnarled campaigners and Bees’ young guns promises to be a truly fantastic clash of contrasting styles.
“At the moment we’re playing a lot of sides in the middle/bottom half of the league and like us Dudley K will be looking for a win,” said director of rugby Eugene Martin. “But it’s also an opportunity for us to gauge where we are when we play these teams.
“Against Hull the guys played really well; our front row had an 18 year-old, a 20 year-old and a 22 year-old and they were up against a very experienced Hull pack, but they were backed up by the other 12 in the team and I was really pleased with the performance.
“We’ve got a very enthusiastic bunch of guys who can play exceptional rugby, we just need to stick to our game plan,” he added.
The game against Hull hinged on a crucial red card for Oliver Cook in the visitors’ back row 15 minutes from time which came just as they had narrowed the gap to 20-16 and were looking threatening.
Instead it was left to Bees to wrap the game up, full back Oscar Heath running in two tries to seal the victory, the bonus point score coming in the 76th minute.