Birmingham Rugby 2’s took on the Birmingham 3’s on a cold and wet Bournbrook pitch on Wednesday. The 2’s, unsurprisingly, dominated the first 30 minutes by making use of their powerful pack. They did not put a foot wrong in the first 30 minutes and were extremely effective at set pieces, where they obliterated the Thirds every time. This was demonstrated in the first two tries they scored. A one-sided scrum lead to thirds conceding two penalties, which were both kicked for touch. Following two excellently worked line out routines, the seconds went over for two tries . The 3’s defence put a slightly better defensive display from the next line out, but the same outcome still occurred, giving the 2’s a 17-0 lead. Not even time to tweet (literally) between the 3rd and 4th try. The Thirds kicked the ball straight out which lead to a scrum. The Seconds quickly added another try to their total following a beautifully worked move that saw the full back selling a fantastic dummy before unselfishly laying it off to the winger. Yet another try before the end of the first half an hour. At the very end of the first half the thirds got a line out and there forwards got a bit of revenge but by scoring from their own line out. No one realised this was a sign of things to come.
It was as if the teams swapped shirts at half time. The Third’s forwards who, for the whole of the first-half, were being battered started to do the battering. They did not lose a set piece in the first 20 minutes of the second-half, setting up a great platform to launch some deadly attacks of their own. They were rewarded with two tries. The Seconds, however, got a try completely against the run of play to extend their lead. With 15 minutes to play a yellow card to the Seconds seemed to galvanise them. They went, professional, efficient and throttled the life out of the game. Credit to them because the 3rds were excellent. No points were scored from there on in. It ended 38-17. Excellent match, and the brilliance of the 3rds in the second half will live long in the memory. Shame about the first half an hour. Congratulations to the 2nds. They were under pressure and delivered.