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Birmingham Bulls
Caledonian Thebans
Full time
B Smith (3), N Smith (3), J Cockayne (3)
N Fox (2)
Sat 23 Feb 13:00 - Friendly

Thebans Thunder to Victory in Birmingham

This weekend saw the Caledonian Thebans secure a convincing away win against a brutal Birmingham Bulls side.

 

In a performance reminiscent of England’s 6 nation’s victory over Scotland the Thebans overpowered the Birmingham Bulls by a thrilling 49-0.

Blair Smith, Jonathan Cockayne and Nick Smith dominated the try count getting a hat trick apiece. Neil Fox added four points from the boot putting the cherry on top of a dominant Thebans display.

The game started open and intense with both sides looking to put the ball through hands and breakthrough the defence. After a brief opening exchange it was the Thebans who struck first with the mobile forwards thundering through the Bulls defenders, the ball was then quickly shipped out to the backs, with Nick Smith making it over in the corner.

Birmingham Bulls vs. Caledonian Thebans
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Two more tries came before the break of the half; the first from a fierce forward assault up the pitch by Robert Doyle, Jonathan Cockayne picked the ball from the base of the ruck and crashed over the line. The second came from Blair Smith, who taking a dominant run down the left touch line, saw off half a dozen English defenders (much like Fofana did in the later international match) and scored in the corner.

After a dominant first half performance the Thebans showed no signs of taking their foot off the pedal and entered the second half thundering scoring a further six tries. The first saw Robert Forrester take a short pass from Alex McGarry, drive through a tackle, sucking in defenders, and then lurking Blair Smith took McGarry’s pass at pace to crash between the defenders and score the try.

Another well worked try came from some quick ball and incisive drives by the forwards to set up possession deep in the Bulls 22, a sweeping backs move followed and saw Nick Smith crash through in the left hand corner. Two further tries came from the ever tenacious Jonathan Cockayne, one driving through the Bulls defence from a quick tap penalty five metres out and the other again from some strong forward drives.

The Bulls rallied and pushed the Thebans hard but could do little to break down the well organised defence allowing the Thebans to return to Scotland with a clean sheet.

The game saw two new Thebans making their debut, full respect to Chris Mcgirr and Ciaran Sharpe for putting in strong performances and contributing to a dominant victory. A convincing display by Robert Forrester, combining some strong rucking, ball carrying & scrummaging work in a well rounded display saw him take the Man of the Match award.

Tries: B. Smith (3), N. Smith (3), Cockayne (3)
Conversions: Fox (2)

Please note some of the report may not be factually correct, the reporter suffered memory loss from the following evenings entertainment.

 

Key moments

7:00
Try Nick Smith scores for Caledonian Thebans
18:00
Try Johnny Cockayne scores for Caledonian Thebans
19:00
Conversion Neil Fox kicks a conversion for Caledonian Thebans
34:00
Try Blair Smith scores for Caledonian Thebans
44:00
Try Blair Smith scores for Caledonian Thebans
52:00
Try Nick Smith scores for Caledonian Thebans
61:00
Try Johnny Cockayne scores for Caledonian Thebans
65:00
Try Johnny Cockayne scores for Caledonian Thebans
70:00
Try Nick Smith scores for Caledonian Thebans
77:00
Try Blair Smith scores for Caledonian Thebans
78:00
Conversion Neil Fox kicks a conversion for Caledonian Thebans

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Birmingham Bulls vs. Caledonian Thebans
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  • Birmingham Bulls
  • Caledonian Thebans
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  • Alex McGarry Try Assist 7:00'
  • Nick Smith Try 7:00'
  • Robert Doyle Try Assist 18:00'
  • Johnny Cockayne Try 18:00'
  • Neil Fox Conversion 19:00'
  • Blair Smith Try 34:00'
  • Luke Morris Try Assist 34:00'
  • Alex McGarry Try Assist 44:00'
  • Blair Smith Try 44:00'
  • Nick Smith Try 52:00'
  • Alex McGarry Try Assist 52:00'
  • Alex McGarry Try Assist 61:00'
  • Johnny Cockayne Try 61:00'
  • Luke Morris Try Assist 65:00'
  • Johnny Cockayne Try 65:00'
  • Nick Smith Try 70:00'
  • Johnny Cockayne Try Assist 70:00'
  • Blair Smith Try 77:00'
  • Alex McGarry Try Assist 77:00'
  • Neil Fox Conversion 78:00'
  • Robert Forrester Player of the Match 80:00'

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