After the tough defeat against Luctonians, Broadstreet 2nds faced Birmingham & Solihull, a club more used to a rivalry with top city side Coventry Rugby rather than Broadstreet. With the 1st XV suffering a defeat against bottom of the table Luctonians, 2nd XV players Chris Idehen, George Walsh & Tim Douglas were drafted in to the 1st XV squad for their away trip to Sandal (Chris Idehen going on to claim MoM for the game). This meant that the team was devoid of the experience afforded to them last week by 1st XV squad players, but gave an opportunity to Broadstreet youngsters like Taylor Smith and Jack Barker who had been on the bench in the previous match.
Up against a bigger pack in horrible wind, rain and mud, Broadstreet went flat out for the whole match as a tactic devised by new team manager Loper ‘the Special One’ Harrison. With scrum half Jake Smith on the ball, he was quick to go at every penalty and was swiftly followed by Sam McNulty, who once more proved effective at releasing the backs. Broadstreet were able to break down the less mobile visitors soon enough. The change of front row didn’t affect ‘Street’s dominance in the scrum and the pack is really building an effective weapon in that particular set piece over the course of the season.
With a quick ball, carrying game and propensity to keep the ball alive, ‘Street made real inroads in to the Bees defence and whilst scoring eight tries, the game could have seen many more with the shocking weather meaning the final passes didn’t quite stick. Tries came from Pete ‘The’ Pole, Adam Tyrrell, Lee Lightowler, ‘Chip’ and Jake Smith amongst others.
Particular good performances from Jake Smith who’s sniping and elusive running were just what the doctor ordered for the game ‘Street needed to play. Sam McNulty, who put in another assured performance at 19 years old which should merit him a call up to the 1st XV soon enough. Taylor Smith was also a shining light in just his third game of adult rugby, completely dominant in the scrum against an old head prop who looked like he’d seen a fair few seasons in the front row, he also took advantage of his mild dwarfism to make a lot of break down steals and turnovers.
All in all, a brilliant response to the previous week’s disappointment against Luctonians which displayed the character of a young side which comprises a lot of former Broadstreet Mini and Juniors keen to get back on track.
FT Broadstreet 48 – 0 Birmingham & Solihull.