Saturday, 13 August 2022

Injuries take their toll as Cinderford take honours

Henley Bulls 8, Cinderford United 27

HENLEY BULLS suffered their first defeat since March against a well drilled pack from Cinderford who dominated the breakdown from start to finish at Dry Leas on Saturday.

The Bulls gained parity at the set piece and although they shared much of the possession during the first half it was a day when the accuracy of their attack and fluidity let them down.

Much of the problem in executing the game plan stemmed from a series of injuries to key players. Sam Steventon and Ben Ashmore were forced off in the opening 15 minutes and captain Tom Steindler and scrum-half Dan Wootton joined the casualty list in the second half.

Cinderford had built a 13-1 lead by the break and shortly after the Bulls scored their only try through wing Ross Lewis who had shown his pace since joining the game as a replacement for wing Matt Dickens who was then forced to play the remainder of the game at flanker in place of the injured Steindler.

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