A Canterbury Tale of Woe
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.