Birmingham & Solihull
2009/2010 British & Irish Cup
Bees 20 v 51 Cardiff
28 November 2009 - Sharmans Cross Road, Solihull

Match Report

Birmingham & Solihull 20 Cardiff 51

Cardiff picked up a valuable away bonus point at Sharmans Cross Road as James Loxton scooted in for five tries.

The score-line may look flattering but the visitor didn’t always have it their own way. The opening minutes belonged to the Bees, Ben Patston pushing an early penalty wide. The Blue and Blacks though weathered the storm and their first attack saw Richard Jones chip the ball into the home 22 only for it to run away into touch.

The home side’s lineout was to prove a problem all game with James Down and Ashley Sweet seeming as if they knew the lineout calls. This lineout was no exception. Down claimed the ball, a few hands later and captain Rhys Shellard was through for the first try, Chris Anderson converted.

A well worked move a few minutes later nearly lead to a try by Jimmy Norris, but the ball was knocked on short of the line. From the scrum the Bees decided to run the ball out of defence. This resulted in Loxton’s first try. Adam Powell, playing his 100th game for Cardiff, stopped scrum half Petty, Nick Hampson stripped him of the ball, fed Anderson who beat his man and delivered the scoring pass to Loxton. Anderson converted from wide out.

The home side then got on the score-board. Two penalties from Patston closing the gap. The visitors though looked likely to score every time they had the ball, and from the restart they claimed another lineout. Tom Slater nipped through a gap, drew the full-back and put Loxton in again. On their next attack Anderson added a short range penalty to extend the lead. Just before halftime the hat-trick arrived. Down stole more lineout ball. Anderson linked with Richard Jones, who flipped as pass to Loxton for his third and the Blue & Black’s bonus point try.

Halftime score 6-27

There was no let up after the break. In the first minute Cardiff scored the try of the match. A scrum of halfway was wheeled slightly to the blind side. Slater picked up the ball, out-paced the back row, drew the winger to give Loxton a run in from 30 metres.Two minutes later Slater himself scored. Taking a quick tap penalty from just inside the home half he beat all the cover to score near the corner, a la Stephen Jones.

Cardiff made several replacements, and it was one of these, Lee Jarvis, who set up the seventh try, linking with Jones to put Gareth Chapman over. Jarvis converting. The Blue & Blacks took their foot of the pedal for the next ten minutes, allowing the Bees to make the score line look more respectable. Patston scoring and converting twice.

But it was Loxton who finished the scoring. More stolen lineout ball in the Cardiff half gave the opportunity to get the ball to the backs. A quick transfer of hands and the ball was in Loxton’s hands wide out. Still with a lot to do he stood up the defence, squeezed through the narrowest of gaps, danced down the touchline and dived over in the corner for his fifth try. A fitting way to send the noisy travelling fans home happy.

Official : Michael Tutty (England)

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