Bournemouth Rugby Football Club

A Canterbury Tale of Woe

by Bob Strickland

Try as they might Bournemouth could not breach the Canterbury defence

Canterbury v Bournemouth
National 2 South
Saturday, 19 October 2013, KO 3 p.m. at Merton Lane North


Result: Canterbury 36/6t3c v 6/2p Bournemouth Lions

Bournemouth: Dan Pollard/2p, Russell Westcott, Scott Chislett, Ross McGowan, Wyn Roberts, Jack Metters, Sam Hardcastle, Jo Burns, Frazer Wilford, Alan Manning/C, Andy Graesser, Rob Fuller, Gavin Hart, Joe Rees, Tommy Booth.
Substitutes: James Bovett, Tim Ellis, Luca Firetto, Riad Lynch.
Coaches: Budge Pountney, Paul Dunne. Medical Team: Andy Curtis, Natalie Carr. Video Analyst: Julie Boddington.
Referee: James Clarke. Assistant Referees: Simon Dodd, Tim Bailey.
Penalty Goals: Pollard 3 10.

Weather was fine with a Southerly breeze that blew straight across the pitch. Underfoot, the pitch looked in excellent shape.
Bournemouth (fly-half Jack Metters) kicked off from left to right as viewed from the clubhouse and to their right.
Bournemouth, having dominated play for the first twenty minutes or so and established a 6-nil lead through the boot of full back Dan Pollard, were hit by three tries, two in quick succession in the last couple of minutes of the first half. Canterbury effectively put the game beyond Bournemouth’s reach two minutes into the second half with their try-scoring bonus point try giving them a lead of 24-6. Try as they might Bournemouth could not breach the Canterbury defence, with scrum-half Sam Hardcastle getting the closest, and they yielded two further tries to complete a sobering afternoon for the divisional leaders.
It was the first defeat suffered at the hands of Canterbury and meant Bournemouth dropped to fourth place in the division.
Milestones: Sam Hardcastle extends his own league-career record of starts as scrum-half to 190; Alan Manning extends his own records as tighthead prop to 154 and as captain to 103; Dan Pollard established a new record of 244 goals, overtaking Jon Sanchez’s record of 242 set in 2008/9; Frazer Wilford extends own record as hooker to 84.
Doug Warren

Other SSE National League 2 South Results

Clifton 22 20 Cornish All Blacks Att. 372
Hartpury College 43 11 Taunton Att. 300
Bishops Stortford 22 15 Southend Att. 400
Shelford 19 20 Dings Crusaders
Redruth 26 14 Exmouth Att. 608
Canterbury 36 6 Bournemouth Att. 220
Ampthill & District 21 11 Chinnor Att. 200
London Irish WG 10 43 Cambridge Att. 400

League Table

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SSE RFU National League » SSE National League 2 South

12 Dings Crusaders 29 63
13 Cornish All Blacks 29 62
14 Chinnor 29 60
15 Bournemouth 29 48
16 Exmouth 29 34