Saturday March 14th was a great day for English rugby, with Wales beating Ireland and England beating Scotland to leave the final weekend of the Six Nations championship wide open...
But who really cares about all that, when the mighty Bulls 2nd XV can lay claim to their victory of the season, having turned over Wendens Ambo in a thrilling 13-try thumping. In the end, it was a 70-point difference between the two sides, though such a margin looked unlikely at half time.
Indeed, it was very much a game of two halves. The first 40 minutes were led by the Ives pack, with a bigger than average turnout of forwards (in both bulk and quantity) meaning the Bulls could put some serious weight into their scrums. And it showed - not once did the Ives pack lose possession, and in many cases stole it from Wendens in a convincingly powerful display.
Ives opened their account in the third minute, with Tim Lumley-Good making the most of his momentum to scramble the ball across the opposition try line, his determination to get the ball down only matched by his determination to tell us all about it in the changing room afterwards. Another hard-worked forwards try in the eight minute, this time courtesy of Chris Morton, put Ives in a strong position of command by the end of the half's first quarter, even though neither was converted.
But the plucky Wendens side battled hard to make the rest of the first half a much more brutal encounter. Using some clearly well-rehearsed drills among the backs, they broke through a sloppy gap in the Ives defence to score a well-deserved try, duly converted, to put them just three points behind - a situation they held onto until just before the break.
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