Monday, 30 November 2020

Bulls have no answer to Ealing

HENLEY BULLS went down to defeat in a game of two halves.

HENLEY BULLS went down to defeat in a game of two halves.

The Bulls were put to the sword by this full time squad of Ealing players in the first 40 minutes when, after having nearly all of the possession in the first 10 minutes of the game, they conceded six tries, two converted, and a penalty goal to be 37 points in arrears.

The Bulls could not engineer scoring opportunities at the start of the game against a strong defence.

In contrast a fit Ealing side turned dominance in all aspects of forward play to create scores through driving mauls or incisive running by their backs which made good use of the ball when the Bulls lost control of their possession. This resulted in the Bulls having a high tackle count of which Ant Brennan was prominent.

The second half was in complete contrast as the Bulls changed their front row and introduced the experience of James Hadfield and the burgeoning talent of Sam Steventon at prop, and took control of their scrums driving forward in the loose with the lively Ed Church on as hooker.

For a period of 15 minutes they pinned the Ealing pack back on their heels on their line and were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions. When Ealing broke the siege they went to the other end to score when the Bulls lost possession in a scrum.

Henley Bulls: 15 Adam Lubbock, 14 Rory Lillington, 13 Neil Baggett, 12 Guy Swadling, 11 Adi Gillespie, 10 Elliott Markham, 9 Mark Bruce, 1 Hugo Milford Scott, 2 Ant Brennan, 3 Matt Weller, 4 Rupert Crossland, 5 Tom McGregor, 6 Tommy Haynes, 7 Matt Reeves, 8 Conor Stapley. Replacements (all used): James Hadfield, Sam Steventon, Ed Church, Sam Middleton, Tom Steiner, Duncan Bennett, Sam Perris, George Strang.

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