Ton-up for Sand­back as Bees win again

The Rugby Paper - - National League 3 Feature -

BIRM­ING­HAM and Soli­hull Bees made it a per­fect ten to open up an eight­point gap at the top af­ter

Peter­bor­ough Lions fell to only their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son, whilst Sand­bach be­came cen­tu­ri­ons af­ter romp­ing to a huge vic­tory.

The Bees ran in seven tries with Nuneaton the lat­est op­po­si­tion con­quered in a con­vinc­ing 56-11 away win.

Max Rod­man’s dou­ble, with tries from Um­raan Jad­watt and Nathan Til­s­ley had the bonus point wrapped up be­fore half­time.

JT Na­betelevu, Tawanda Chipadza and Jack Jolly added fur­ther scores, the lat­ter adding to his 21-point haul with the boot.

They now hold a clear gap over sec­ond placed

Peter­bor­ough, who were sur­pris­ingly beaten 31-15 at Scun­thorpe. Lions took the lead

through an early try, but three Scun­thorpe tries saw them lead 17-5 at the break, and there was no way back as they added two more, to leave Peter­bor­ough’s late score a mere con­so­la­tion for the vis­i­tors.

New­port Salop re­main in third, and moved two points be­hind Peter­bor­ough as they picked up all five on the road at

Bournville, with the vis­i­tors se­cur­ing a com­pre­hen­sive 57-16 win.

Sand­bach hit a ton to in­flict more mis­ery on strug­gling Old Haleso­ni­ans, prov­ing far too strong for the bot­tom of the ta­ble side, who suc­cumbed to a 109-0 de­feat.

Derby were also big win­ners, run­ning in 10 tries to sweep aside Long­ton 73-3.

Five first half scores had the bonus point in the bag at 31-3 and they re­peated the feat in the sec­ond, Sam Martin and Luke Wil­mott both cross­ing twice. Don­caster Phoenix and Lich­field shared 12 tries in a thrilling en­counter but it was hosts Don­caster who came out on top 42-33.

Lich­field had opened up a 14-0 lead but Don­caster ran in five tries for 29 un­in­ter­rupted points, be­fore Lich­field hit back to make it 29-21 at half time, with the sides trad­ing two tries apiece af­ter the break, but Don­caster al­ways re­mained ahead as they saw off the chal­lenge of the vis­i­tors.

The days re­main­ing game saw strug­gling New­bold on Avon beaten 19-13

at Bridg­north who now have five wins.

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