ON a softening surface at Regatta Meadow the Bulls forced a penalty 25 metres out which Guy Swadling stroked
ON a softening surface at Regatta Meadow the Bulls forced a penalty 25 metres out which Guy Swadling stroked home to put the hosts three points ahead on Saturday.
Before the break the referee had brandished and then relinquished a yellow card towards Jersey for slowing possession but James Gaunt, the Henley scrum-half, was not afforded the same leniency and spent time either side of the break in the sin-bin.
In the second half the Bulls held out defiantly but an attacking line-out from Jersey was the platform to form a driving maul from short distance and despite a major effort the Bulls line was breached wide on the right by the rolling Jersey pack. The try went unconverted as a tight first half ended 5-3 to the visitors.
From this point on the Bulls’ luck seemed to run out with several decisions costing them scoring opportunities. One interception from wing three-quarter Jordan Ethelston was a clear run in but was called back for an offside decision. The Bulls failed to gain enough possession back to relieve pressure and a second rolling maul resulted in Jersey’s winning points after the break.
The Bulls forced a penalty with 20 minutes remaining to bring the scores closer at 10-6 but then were punished a second time with Steindler sent to the sin bin.