RUGBY UNION: Birmingham and Solihull Bees strengthened their grip at the top of the Midlands Premier League with a convincing win at Nuneaton.
Another bonus point win, combined with a loss on the road for second placed Peterborough, means that the Bees have now opened up an eight point gap at the top of the table.
Two tries in quick succession from fly-half Max Rodman and former Nuns player Umraan Jadwat within the first 10 minutes meant that the visitors had a 0-14 cushion early on, Jack Jolly sublimely slotting both conversions from wide out.
Further pressure and a period of good quality defence and attack meant that the Bees were awarded a penalty inside the Nuneaton half. The Jolly boot duly obliged to extend the lead to 0-17.
Nuneaton were eager to get back in the game and a period of play saw the home side threaten the Bees’ try line, but they were only able to come away with a penalty for their efforts. Jolly replied immediately from the kick off, after Nuns conceded a penalty from an accidental offside.
With the score at 20-3, an incident saw Bees flanker Michael Stephens and Nuns lock Arron Turner both yellow carded.
Nuneaton were not going to pass up the resulting penalty in kickable range and pegged back the lead to 6-20.
With handling errors creeping in from both sides, it fell to the agile Bees centre Nathan Tilsley to wriggle his way through the Nun’s defence for his side’s third try.
The Bees have been highly successful season to date in securing try bonus points in the first half, and that pleasing trend continued courtesy of Max Rodman, who went over the line for a second time.
The second half produced a further three tries coming from wingers JT Nabetelevu, Tawanda Chipadza and replacement scrum half Jack Secher, with lock Matt Gibbs grabbing a consolation score for the home side.
A dominant scrum and disruptive lineout, mixed with a fit and capable backline, proved to be the major difference between the two sides when it mattered, reflected in the 11-56 final scoreline.
Bees are next in action on Saturday, November 25, at 2.15pm against bottom club Old Halesonians.