A last minute fixture against a strong side in the East Midlands produced a fantastic game of rugby which BRFC shaded by the odd try. In great weather conditions both teams attacked from the start, and the quality of passing was excellent throughout. The scores were level at half-time, but BRFC produced 4 well worked tries to win the match in the second period.
Bourns competed well in the ruck, and tackled very well until fatigue sent in during the last quarter. Despite not having our usual hooker, both the scrum and the line-out were excellent, with Shaan Pankhania hooking one against the head to set up a try. The front row forwards scrummaged solidly as ever (Simeon Humphries, Sam Pentall, Jim Cullen, and Ethan Malcolm) and Sam Edwards put in a great performance in the 2nd row. The back row showed energy and commitment, although Haddy and Oli Anderson didn't quite match Sam Rouse's usual double figure tackle count. Riyaan Haroon was once again in a class of his own at number 8, but must channel his frustrations into playing rugby and avoid the now customary ticking off from the ref.
The backs also produced great performances in new positions. Joe Day stepped up to play fly-half and continued his excellent midfield partnership with Sion Watkins, as well as producing a 100% kicking performance. Nahum Huggins and Harry Irvine were unstoppable in space and shared 5 tries, and Dan Hindle produced a try and some heroic last-ditch defence at full back. Marcel Mutambudzi played in his 3rd different position in 3 games and showed that he is the most versatile player in the team.