The opening Midlands Premier League fixture saw Bourns entertain South Leicester who after several years playing at a higher level, were relegated from National 2 last season and are currently in the midst of a re-building exercise which was evident in the result. Several people made their full first team debuts including Zane Raimondi at hooker, Sam Herrington at second row, Ash Scrivens at blind side, Umraan Jadwat at number 8, Ben Tibbetts at scrum half, Mickey Ho at right wing and Owen Williams at full back. A strong looking bench was available with former Moseley hooker Adam Caves to call upon his vast experience at the higher level, flanker Matt McKeown and backs cover Paul Sumner making up the three replacements. The team now has experience in key positions to blend in with the younger members of the squad and the summer's training schedule was more than evident in how the team went about business in this game.
A sunny if chilly September afternoon greeted the players and from the kick off, Bourns were clinical in their approach against an always gallant South Leicester who never stopped trying. The try bonus point was secured within 10 minutes of the match with tries being scored from all areas of play from sweeping backs moves to pick up at the scrum and forwards and backs combining in the loose with assured handling, pace and straight line running. The score at the end of the first quarter was 36 -0 with a penalty try being awarded as South could not contain a dynamic driving maul. Tries were flying in from everywhere and half time saw Bourns 62-0 ahead.
Quite rightly the bench was emptied at half time and Bourns continued to dominate playing at the same tempo and skill level which was a massive positive as it would have been easy to sit back and see the game out. Another 57 points were added making the final score a huge 119-0. South were outclassed but they never dropped their heads. When Bourns didn't have the ball, which wasn't often, the defence was aggressive and structured showing the influence of former Scottish International centre Alex Groves and his work with the squad in pre-season. Sterner tests will follow starting next week when Bridgnorth visit Avery Fields smarting from a surprising home defeat.
Loads of positives to take into next week as Bourns were professional in sticking to the game plan and displayed high execution skills of the plans. The whole team of 18 are star players this week.
For the record here are the try scorers:
There were hat tricks for winger Ethan Walker, scrum half Ben Tibbetts and second row Sam Herrington. There was a brace for hooker Zane Raimondi and other try scorers were full back Owen Williams, centre Mark Coulson, number 8 Umraan Jadwat, both props Kurtis Payne and James Burgoyne, and from the bench Matt McKeown and Paul Sumner together with a penalty try. 11 tries were converted 9 by Mitch McGahan and 2 by Owen Williams.
Team: 15, Owen Williams, 14, Mickey Ho, 13, Mark Coulson, 12, Ollie Neill, 11, Ethan Walker, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Ben Tibbetts, 8, Umraan Jadwat, 7, Angus Low, 6, Ash Scrivens, 5, Steve Handy (capt), 4, Sam Herrington, 3, Kurtis Payne, 2, Zane Raimondi, 1, James Burgoyne, 16, Adam Caves, 17, Matt McKeown, 18, Paul Sumner.
Well that's the season sorted.
HERE are the photos.
Sully - Bournville's always friendly (and free) amateur photographer.