The BB dominated field position and possession especially in the first half. The game kicked off in beautiful autumnal sunshine on an excellent playing surface. BB were straight on the attack, targeting the MH scrum, where their first choice props were suspended. In fact the MH front row were munched all afternoon, given an early scrum they were scooted backwards for Josh Slinn to open the scoring, Olly James con 0-7. BB then committed the cardinal sin, not gathering the ko for MH to reply immediately 5-7. Winning lots of ball the BB went from side to side without really looking dangerous, continually turning MH over at scrum time, when this did not work BB tried chip and chase, with most players having a go! MH, with their dangerous backs showing how it should be done, with two long breakouts, one resulting in a converted try from a maul. Remarkably BB went in at ht 12-7 down.
BB needed to be more direct, and attacked down their right, spinning the ball for David Abraham to level the score, 12-12. MH had looked dangerous in the backs all afternoon, but when a try came it was very soft, the MH 10 showed the ball and stepped between BB players to score and con 19-12. In a brief time of MH pressure they moved the ball for the winger to score a bonus point try 24-12. BB returned to the offensive using the scrum as a potent weapon, finally Kyle Dufty smashed over, James con 24-19 securing a losing bonus point. BB need to re-focus, sort their strengths from their weaknesses and play to them. Next week sees BB in cup action, with a home game against Kenilworth.
Written by Roger Allen