Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Vikings prove too strong

HENLEY BULLS suffered a heavy home defeat against The Zoo Shield top division side Richmond Vikings last Saturday.

HENLEY BULLS suffered a heavy home defeat against The Zoo Shield top division side Richmond Vikings last Saturday.

The Bulls, captained by Tommy Haynes, included colts Ross Gilbert and Dan Hawkins in their starting line up.

Although giving away several stone in the scrum the Bulls’ front row put in a good performance. George Hayes and Ed Church contributed in pressuring Richmond’s attack into making mistakes and tight-head Sam Steventon appeared to dominate the front row.

The only points for the Bulls came from the boot of Adam Lubbock although Tom Steindler was denied a try when he appeared to cross the line with a pair of Richmond defenders clinging to his back and unsighting the referee.

Throughout a first half that ended at 12-3 in Richmond’s favour Barty Carson, Tommy Haynes and Rupert Crossland made several bursts through the Richmond defence which scrambled well to recover.

Carson stood out as the main attacking threat for the Bulls but his afternoon was ended on 61 minutes with an ankle injury. Rupert Crossland did much to win a share of possession at the line-out against an obvious height advantage as Haynes and Drake marshalled a tireless defensive effort.

Good Bulls defence from Perry and Lillington in midfield and fleet-footed escapes from fullback Charlie Gordon kept the hosts in the game and forced several turn-overs.

The Bulls tried hard to turn this possession into points only to be denied by a well organised Richmond defence.

Richmond scored two tries from driving mauls and an interception try against the run of play to put the hosts to the sword.

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