RFU Championship: Birmingham & Solihull 38 Esher 16
Having spent all last season without a pack capable of asserting itself in the forward-dominated Championship, it was always going to take Bees a few games to realise the true value of what they had assembled in the summer.
The Solihull side had developed a tendency of trying to disguise their lack of bulk and power up front by bringing their threequarters into games before the necessary hard yards had been covered.
But this result is proof that they have finally kicked that habit as their outstanding back five forwards dominated virtually the entire game with their thundering surges, skilful off-loading and tireless support running.
Some of the interchanging between second rows Semisi Taulava and Adrian Griffiths and back rowers Mike Denbee and Jack Bentall was utterly sublime and with Rob Connolly and Jack Preece coming off the bench, B&S have assembled a squad of physically committed footballers.
Their locks are the key to their game. Taulava was the heart of everything they did and the Tongan is a star in the making, albeit something of a luxury in his role as a non-jumping second row.
The team-mates that might not fancy lifting the 22st powerhouse will be relieved that they do not have to stop him though, because when the former Taranaki-man gets on the rumble he is a difficult person to halt.
But even when that small matter has been negotiated the task then is to prevent him off-loading to colleagues who have started to anticipate his passes out of tackles.
Galloping Griffiths has been doing that for a few weeks and been rewarded with a couple of tries and now Bentall and Denbee have started too, with the effect that Bees pour support runners through a narrow channel to seismic effect. Esher's defence simply couldn't cope.
When the Surrey outfit did manage to out-number the hosts around the fringes their defence had been sucked in and Mitch Culpin and Tom Foden held their width to grab three tries between them. It was text book stuff, suck in the defenders and then out-flank them.
As a result Bees had four tries inside 25 minutes, through Adam Clayton, Foden, Culpin and Taulava and led 24-11 at the break.
Ten points either side of the interval brought Esher back to within eight points and one wondered whether Bees' recent second half failings would reappear once more.
But then a breakaway score by Culpin, following Connolly's turnover and good work by Ollie Grove, Griffiths and Foden settled any nerves and it was just a question of when and not if.
Griffiths ended the rout when he appeared on Tomasi Tanumi's shoulder just after the hour to coast home for his fourth score in as many matches.
It was no more than he and Bees deserved and as long as Griffiths and Taulava stay fit and the conditions allow, the Championship underdogs may yet have a bite to go with their barking.
BEES: Foden; Tanumi, Barkley (Grove 48), Lawson, Culpin; Petty, Williams (Robinson 56); Dugard (Sperandio 76), McMillan, Halavatau (Tau 40), Taulava, Griffiths, Bentall (Preece 65), Denbee (Binham 76), Clayton (Connolly 45)
ESHER:Whitehead (Loizides 45), Ulph, MacKenzie, Cruickshanks (Jewell 53), Hylton; Slemen, Stuart-Smith (Garner 36); Millard (Rowland 70), Corrigan (Tunnicliffe 61), Nebbett (Walker 61), Rudzki, Anderson, York (Waterhouse 27), Stitcher, Renwick