HENLEY BULLS lost their grip on a slender lead just eight minutes from the end of Saturday’s match at The Beavis Memorial Ground.
Although assisted by a driving gale throughout the first half the Bulls found the gusting wind to be their undoing as they attempted to move the ball to their experienced centre pairing of Baggett and Perry. Instead the Bulls and Cinderford alike were forced to play a less attractive style of rugby in order to gain territory apart from the trusty boot of Adam Lubbock who pressed for several attacking line-outs by peppering the Cinderford 22.
During this opening period of sustained possession the Henley tight-head Ruairi McLeod and hooker Warren Higgins carried effectively and George Hayes cleaned up much of the loose ball, but attempts to move the ball to the wider pace men ended in frustration due to the worsening conditions.
Cinderford, suffering similar handling problems themselves, defended valiantly and eventually a loose pass fell to their fly-half who put the right wing away against the run of play for the opening score. This try was converted skilfully into the wind.
The Bulls lost lock Max Murison after 17 minutes with a knee injury and James Bloxham took to the field as the driving wind was compounded by heavy rain and hail.