15 TRY BONANZA AS BOURNS AND LIONS SERVE UP A FEAST OF RUNNING RUGBY
BOURNVILLE 36 PETERBOROUGH LIONS 55
The sun was out and with a fast track at the Bournbrook AGP, the scene was set for some running rugby and both teams didn't disappoint.
Bourns secured their Midlands Premier League status last week, whilst the Lions need to win their last two games with 5 point wins to secure a play off spot. Bourns had to make one enforced change in the pack as Alex Willis moved across the front row to hooker due to James Weaver being on a jolly, so veteran prop Tex Sigley moved from the bench to starting, allowing fellow veteran prop Paul Coles to fill a bench spot. The backs remained unchanged with James Hussey and Matt Dickerson filling the bench.
From the kick off, things looked ominous. Bourns kicked really long to the corner flag, which signalled the charge of light brigade as the Lions scored a fantastic team try, through running straight into space and off loading in the tackle. Bourns did nothing wrong as first the 12, then the 15 cut great lines and the support play went through at least 6 pairs of hands before the touch down. No rucks or mauls just running, passing and offloading with barely a minute gone on the clock.
However Bourns didn't wilt against the huge opposition with a lot of South Sea Islander faces running flat out against them. Bourns got possession and Mark Coulson almost scored in the corner from the re-start, but the line out wasn't going well allowing the Lions to counter.
After 6 minutes a deliberate knock on by the Lions stand off saw him see a yellow card. Bourns turned down the 3 points and opted to scrum. A quick heel and pick up at the base got the backs moving and space was created for Woz Oliver to score out wide to level things up. Both sides ran the ball at every opportunity but the defences were strong. After 14 minutes, Bourns over threw at the line out deep in the Lions 22 and it was run back with interest with the 12 once again causing havoc in the home defence feeding the monster full back to score. The 12 got injured in the attack and was replaced by an equally rapid and twinkle toed individual who was also a menace, but Bourns were matching their opponents attacking intent. Mark Coulson had to leave the fray for Hussey to replace him in the centre who soon exchanged pleasantry's with his opposition mid field. A pivotal moment on 27 mins as Hussey was half tackled in midfield and was taken out by the 15 with a no arm head tackle. Should have been red but the official was not fully sighted and awarded just the penalty. Unfortunately the 15 had a heavy influence on the rest of game as you will see.
Bourns were really giving things a go with some great scrambling defence, and when they got the ball from a scrum in the 22 on 37 minutes, a great miss pass by Mitch McGahan fed Henry Hughes, who aided by a good Jarvo decoy run, did the rest with a great hand off to score under the posts for a 12-10 home lead. However the remaining time in the first half saw the Lions score 3 converted tries and saw Bourns one light with Tex deliberately knocking on as the Lions just had too much movement and pace to deal with. (The 15 heavily involved), so half time 31-12 adrift which wasn't a reflection of the Bourns effort.
The first 10 minutes of the second half were dreadful from a Bourns point of view as they gifted the Lions 2 tries to interceptions in very promising positions, so the lead increased to 45-12. However Bourns stuck to their guns and new scrum half Will Hardwick scored his second try in his 2nd appearance with a typical scrum half tap and go from a penalty on 50 minutes. As the final quarter started Bourns scored another own goal after once again attacking well, but a miss communication saw a knock on and the flanker sprinted in from 60 minutes. Another interception and the Lions were now well ahead 55-17. However the rest of the game belonged to Bourns as they scored 3 tries securing a try bonus point including a well worked effort in our 22, where Mitch spotted the the defence was narrow and punted for the corner for Paul Sumner who caught it well and fixed the last defender for Jarvo to run in. Paul and Woz also scored tries with width being put on the ball, so the final score was 36-55. A breathtaking game, which was so much better in skill level from the week before. Take the interceptions out and it would have been close, but we wish the Lions well as they will surely secure a play off spot.
Star man, adjudicated by Midlands Rugby stalwart Steve Chinn was flanker Steve Handy for his tenacious defence during the game.
Next Saturday sees the final game of the season at home to our good friends Sandbach who have had a cracking season and can boast beating the league champions Birmingham Bees twice this season. It's also VP day including a tour of the new ground at Avery Fields on Sandon Road at 12.30. All welcome to see how things are going. Check out the website on www.averyfields,co.uk
15, Tom Jarvis, 14, Paul Sumner, 13, Henry Hughes, 12, Mark Coulson, 11, Warren Oliver, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Will Harding, 8, Drew Harper, 7, Ejike Uzoigwe, 6, Steve Handy, 5, Tom Holliday (capt), 4, Steve Smith, 3, Sam Rowe, 2, Alex Willis, 1, Terry Sigley, 16, Paul Coles, 17, James Hussey, 18, Matt Dickerson.
The photo man
Slightly later than usual but I had places to go.
Without further ado take a look HERE for a few photos of the game
Couldn't make the last game of the season, but maybe out paths will cross again next season if my contract is renewed (ho ho)