BOURNS NOT ABLE TO HOLD OUT IN A 93 POINT CONTEST
NUNEATON 53 BOURNVILLE 40
A crisp, autumnal day greeted both teams as conditions were just about perfect for rugby with a steady breeze aiding the side playing right to left from the clubhouse end. Bourns made some positional changes to cater for returning players in the backs, with Henry Hughes available at centre and other centre John Hargreaves returning for a starting birth after injury. Mark Coulson moved to full back and Jordy Hop out to the right wing. In the forwards Jamie White, on loan from Birmingham Moseley started at hooker and Sam Brown returned at tight head. Captain Steve Handy returned to the row and Ben Shimwell got the nod at 6. The bench consisted of Tex Sigley, Matt McKeown, and Ollie Leigh making his debut.
Bourns got the score board ticking over after 4 minutes when Jordy Hop pounced on a loose ball in his 22 and commenced a pacey run that the home defence couldn't get near to and with footwork akin to a ball room dancer, scored an excellent individual try converted by Rhys Harrhy for an early 7-0 lead. Despite working on kick off returns in training, Bourns were unable to secure possession which resulted in immediate pressure and a penalty to Nuns for mid field offside. Bourns had the breeze but chose to run the ball from deep, but a turnover occurred and the hooker went in under the posts after an offload from former Bournville player Moses Liwaliwa giving Nuns the lead at 10 -7. On 13 minutes, the Nuns second row was late on a tackle that involved head contact and the red card was produced. Rhys kicked the penalty to tie up the scores.
Both sides wanted to run the ball, but both sides lacked a controlled structure and several passes went loose. Nuns reacted the better from the red card and scored a well worked try under the posts to regain the lead. Bourns pressured the 22 and were rewarded with a break down penalty to reduce the arrears to 4. Then on 24 minutes, Bourns once again broke out of their 22 with Jordy showing great pace, he chipped the full back and won the race to retrieve the ball and fed the supporting Mark Coulson for a converted try. Bourns extended their lead to 6 from another Rhys penalty, but kick off return gremlins returned and some poor tackling saw Moses crash over. However, right on half time, a speculative pass in mid field was intercepted by Ethan Walker who sprinted in 50 meters, so Bourns held a half time lead of 30-24.
The second half started poorly for Bourns as a loose off load went straight to their number 8 who almost walked into the scoring zone. Bourns were exerting pressure at the break down and a long range kick from Rhys regained the lead at 33-31. On 55 minutes, Bourns best passage of phased play really stretched the home defence and Ethan bagged a second score in the corner expertly converted by Rhys to open up a 9 point lead. A couple of injuries meant a re-shuffle in the pack, and all of a sudden Nuns found a second wind and the pressure mounted resulting in a driven line out score. Bourns were loose and playing into Nuns hands as they kept the tempo up. On 73 minutes Bourns flanker Angus Low saw yellow for a team penalty offence and Nuns converted the penalty to make Bourns lead just 1 point at 40-39.
Bourns visibly tired and a series of missed tackles saw Nuns drive to half way. A kick was put to the corner which the winger caught and scored from, 46-40. With the last play of the game, further missed tackles on the 8 saw his second score and the final whistle saw Bourns early work undone with a 53-40 defeat having played almost 70 minutes against 14 men. Disappointing, but we lose and win as a team and nothing two good training sessions can't put right.
Star man was Jordy Hop for some exciting and elusive running.
Sandbach are the visitors to Averyfields next week, a game now taking on some significance...
Team: 15, Mark Coulson, 14, Jordy Hop, 13, Henry Hughes, 12, John Hargreaves, 11, Ethan Walker, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Rhys Harrhy, 8, Ejike Uzoigwe, 7, Angus Low, 6, Ben Shimwell, 5, Tom Holliday, 4, Steve Handy, (capt), 3, Sam Rowe, 2, Jamie White, 1, James Burgoyne, 16, Terry Sigley, 17, Matt McKeown, 18, Ollie Leigh.