Bulls put in spirited display against experienced opponents
THE rain at Dry Leas did little to dampen the fighting spirit of a young Bulls team on Saturday that faced an experienced Jersey outfit that included former Henley Hawks fly-half Tommy Turner.
Bulls skipper Tom Steindler, 21, led his team to within a whisker of a memorable victory for the second time in eight days against an Athletic side whose club compete in the English Championship.
The Bulls had faced Oxford University on the previous Tuesday night and included prospective Blues in scrum-half Henry De Berker and prop James Scaife for their first outing in Henley colours and both impressed with industrious performances.
The Bulls showed no evidence of their comparable lack of experience, taking the game by the horns and asking much of Jersey’s defence from the whistle with Shek Sheriff and Jake O’Leary, the lock pairing, carrying hard on several occasions only to be thwarted by a good counter rucking effort from Jersey.
The Bulls failed to turn territory into points in their opening 10 minutes and a fumble allowed Jersey to clear their lines.