EALING TRAILFINDERS avenged their defeat by the Bulls earlier this season with an impressive display of close support and angled
EALING TRAILFINDERS avenged their defeat by the Bulls earlier this season with an impressive display of close support and angled running lines which proved too much to handle for the Bulls defence.
In a turnaround performance from last week the Bulls dominated the scrum with front row Hayes, Strachan and Steventon providing a fine platform for the Bulls to launch their attack. However, too often their runners became isolated by the Ealing back row, stripping possession from the Bulls and launching damaging counters of their own throughout the game.
Early on the Bulls’ defensive line speed proved a match for the Ealing backs as they attempted several wide forays.
The Bulls took an early lead as they formed a tight maul close to the Ealing line and Mark Bruce at scrum-half fed Adam Lubbock who switched his run to the blind-side, took the ball at pace and fed 18-year-old lock Max Murison who dived over in the corner. The strong facing wind prevented fly-half Swadling from adding the two points.
Having first been thwarted by the Bulls’ line-speed Ealing seemed to focus on a narrower attacking strategy before patiently launching their wider attack.
The Bulls line-out failed to function adequately and inaccuracy at the restarts proved costly for the Bulls and Ealing benefited from these areas of the game in particular to dominate the remainder of the first half, scoring five tries to take a comfortable first half lead.
The work of the Ealing locks and back row was worthy of note as their effort to support the ball carrier forced the Bulls to defend much more narrowly than they wished to and resulted in mismatches of pace and balance that penetrated the hosts’ defence with damaging effect.
Ealing added a further three tries in the early part of the second half but the Bulls did find it within themselves to rally for the last 20 minutes of the match where wing Si Perry seemed to be the driving factor behind their late insurgence. Perry left his wing position several times to threaten the Ealing line showing both pace and strength in occupying the Ealing defence.
Two late tries resulted from his individual work and that of Tom Huggins and Chris Emmett who was eventually shown a gap large enough to break and race to the line for the Bulls’ second try.
Mark Bruce was as industrious as ever and he managed to feed the ball wide to George Strang who entered the attack from fullback to restore some pride and respectability for the Bulls by touching down on the right flank.