HENLEY BULLS fielded a side which included seven new signings in its starting line-up and four amongst its replacements as
HENLEY BULLS fielded a side which included seven new signings in its starting line-up and four amongst its replacements as they ran in 16 tries, 11 of which were converted against Chester 2nds.
Hat-tricks of tries were scored by Alan Awcock and Simon Perry while Will Jones, Adam Lubbock and Adi Gillespie helped themselves to two each. Rory Lillington, Jordan Ethelstone, Ross Gilbert and Tom McGregor were the other scorers while Elliot Markham added the 11 conversions.
All of the tries except the last two were scored by backs as from the start they played the fast moving open game favoured by Henley teams over the years.
Half backs Mark Bruce and Markham set the three quarters moving at every opportunity and the speed of fullback Jones in combination with wings Gillespie and Perry coupled with the strong running centres Awcock and Lubbock was too much for the defence of the young Chester backs.
l A much changed Henley Bulls side were rocked by a Grove side which took advantage of some poor handling to take a 21-5 lead at Dry Leas on Tuesday.
The Bulls struck back as they dominated the set scrums.
Matt Reeves and Hugo Milford Scott scored unconverted tries to reduce the deficit before a strong run by wing Simon Perry, converted by James Comben, gave the Bulls 24-21 lead at half-time.
The Bulls added three second half tries without reply by Tommy Haynes, Rory Lillington and Jordan Ethelston, all of which were converted by Guy Swadling, to wrap up a 38-21 victory.