Old Cents lost their seventh game on the trott but once again they put in another brave performance that should have at least given them a bonus point.
Old Redingensians were a powerful and skilful team that Cents think should be in the melting pot for the promotion places at the end of the season.They have a big experienced pack and a useful set of backs who appeared to want to run from everywhere just like Cents.The Cents forwards held their own for most of the game but in the last quarter were up against it after their efforts in containing the away sides forwards.Cents backs tried to use what ball they had but like the Bulls side were unable to make any headway because of a strong defence and the appalling weather conditions at the end of the first half.
The Bulls started strongly and had Cents on the back foot but strong defence kept them out.However against the run of play Joel James intercepted a loose pass from the Bulls and sped up the field and fed to Rich Pinkney who in turn fed to Lewis may to finish the move off.The try was converted by Connor Gwilliam for a score line of 7-0 to the home side.However the lead was short lived as soon after The Bulls levelled the scores when their centre took advantage of a lose pass to score under the posts.The score was 7-7 after 18 mins and it was to stay that way until five minutes before half time when the Bulls converted a penalty for a half time lead of 7-10 to the away side.
The score at half time reflected the Bulls dominance of the first half possession and territory which had Cents defending well for most of the time.The Bulls had first use of the slope and with the appalling weather conditions and use of their slope Cents might have thought they were in with a shout at their first win.However it was not to be because The Bulls played a perfect defence for the first twenty minutes of the second half when It was Cents turn to dominate possession and territory.The away side tackled well and fielded the high ball extremely well considering the weather conditions.
Once the Bulls had weathered Cents attacking threats they themselves began to assert their own tight game plan aided by a strong kicking game.They went on to peg Cents back and forced two errors which brought two converted penalties to take the game and a bonus point away from the home side.
The matched finished 7-16 to the Bulls who deserved their victory and the home side were left to reflect on another brave performance that just fell short.The home sides efforts showed once again that we might have lost all our matches so far,but we have not been out played by any team and that we can compete at this level.