Amps bag the bonus point with victory over Birmingham & Solihull

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Ampthill secured a 33-17 bonus point win after beating a strong and organised Birmingham & Solihull side who provided tough opposition.

The visitors opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a try from their loosehead prop, converted by their fly-half, after keeping the home side penned in near their 22 from the kick-off.

Ampthill replied with two tries in two minutes; the first saw multiple phases lead to a 5m lineout where openside flanker Joseph Bercis was in support to take a short pass and force his way over the line after 17 minutes.

Just two minutes later, a fluent backs move saw the ball moved from right to left on the home 22 where Daryl Dyer eventually crossed the line. Both tries were converted by fly-half Joseph Tarrant.

B&S were successful with a 28th minute penalty goal through their fly-half but neither side could trouble the scoreboard further which read 14-10 at half-time.

The second half saw the home side extend their lead after 48 minutes through a try from lock Paino Hehea, converted by Tarrant following a 5m lineout catch and drive.

Birmingham responded with an almost identical 61st minute converted try of their own, and Ampthill only made the game safe with two tries in the last 10 minutes.

Bercis crossed for his second try on 71 minutes after Dyer had made good ground on the wing, and Joseph Sproston crashed over four minutes later from close range back in his normal loosehead position following 65 minutes at number 8. Tarrant converted Bercis’ score to wrap up the scoring.

This was a tough game in which Ampthill had to dig deep to maintain their 100 per cent record – the introduction of some experienced heads around 60 minutes secured the win.

Head coach Paul Turner said: “We took the opportunity to rotate a few players today which gave some of the youngsters some game time and I thought they came through it quite well.”