30th January 2018, 17:15 | university
Ben Summers scored five tries as Birmingham climbed up to third in the BUCS Midlands 1A table with an emphatic 80-0 victory over Leicester at Bournbrook.
Along with Summers' efforts, Laurence Sidwell claimed four tries, whilst further scores from Ben Walsh, Guy Leonard, Adam Causey, Alex Best, Harry Leek, David Evans and Miles Young completed the rout for the hosts.
Whilst Birmingham struggled for consistency at the start of the campaign, the Bulls have forged a three game unbeaten run and headed into the game full of confidence, after a hard-fought 40-24 away victory at Oxford Brookes last time out.
The hosts flew out of the blocks, it took them just two minutes to open the scoring as Laurence Sidwell crossed the whitewash with ease, Leek subsequently added the extras.
Ben gets his 5th try 80-0— Birmingham Uni RL (@BirminghamUniRL) January 24, 2018
Leicester have endured a miserable campaign so far and things worsened as Birmingham extended their lead through two quickfire tries from Ben Summers, although on both occasions, Harry Leek was unsuccessful in landing the resulting conversion.
Birmingham were dominant throughout the contest and added further scores through Sidwell and Guy Leonard, before the lively Summers completed his hat-trick with over ten minutes of the half remaining.
The visitors couldn’t handle the sheer intensity and pace within The Bulls' play and despite their best efforts, Adam Causey and Alex Best scored a try apiece to inflict further misery prior to the interval.
Birmingham showed no signs of mercy in the second period, Summers claimed two more tries to take his tally up to five for the contest, whilst Sidwell also crossed on two more occasions to secure a quadruple.
Soon after, Ben Walsh executed a superb move from the hosts, in what was proving to be a ruthless display.
Moments later, goal-kicker Harry Leek couldn't resist getting involved with the action himself and completed a well-worked try to increase the margin between the two sides.
However, they weren't finished there as David Evans went over under the posts, before Miles Young capped his return from injury with a fine solo effort to complete the scoring.
Birmingham's Leek was delighted with his side's result: "It was a fantastic all round team performance.
"It was really good to see everything that the squad works hard for to achieve in training coming off in matches," said Leek.
"It was also encouraging to see us avoid switching off and conceding any points," he added.
Birmingham: Joe Price, David Evans, Ben Walsh, Laurence Sidwell, Ben Summers, Harry Leek, Peter Simpson Simpson, Miles Young, Mikey Boyd, Sam Leach, Adam Causey, Guy Leonard, Alex Best. Interchanges: Alex Haynes, Zack Hurst, Tyler Bircher, Sam Zeller
Leicester: Harry Stanley, Josh Samuel, Calum Tait, Daniel Croft, Harry Welburn, Rob Lacey, Matthew Clegg, Daniel Hill, Nathan Denial, Christoph Beenken, Finley Gordon, Gregory Wilson, George Taylor. Interchanges: James Fowles, Rufus Ollerhead, Cal Johnson.
Oxford started 2018 with a resounding victory after overhauling Coventry 32-6, in a ruthless display at University Parks.
The result means Oxford become the first side to beat table toppers Coventry this season.
Heading into next week’' final round of fixtures, there is now just a two point margin separating the sides, thus meaning the league title is still up for grabs in what is proving to be an intriguing climax to the campaign.
Coventry welcome Birmingham to Westwood Heath, whist Oxford welcome Loughborough to University Parks.
In order to obtain the title, Coventry must simply avoid defeat during their clash with Birmingham.
Although, if Birmingham were to beat Coventry and Oxford overcame Loughborough, Oxford would be crowned Champions due to their superior points difference.
Next week's fixtures in full:
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Oxford vs Loughborough 2nd
Venue: University Parks, South Parks Road, OX1 3RF
Coventry vs Birmingham
Venue: Westwood Heath Playing Fields, Westwood Heath Road, CV4 8GP
Leicester vs Oxford Brookes
Venue: Stoughton Road Playing Fields, Stoughton Road, Oadby LE2 4FS
All games kick-off at 2pm.