Friday, 12 August 2022

Free-scoring Bulls go on rampage

HENLEY BULLS were boosted by the return of scrum half Mark Bruce as they got back to winning ways last

HENLEY BULLS were boosted by the return of scrum half Mark Bruce as they got back to winning ways last Saturday against local rivals Chinnor.

Bruce’s tireless performance ensured the dominant pack gifted the backs with enough possession to create eight tries whilst one was scored by flanker and captain Chris Emmett.

The introduction of tight-head prop Craig Platt also added to a scrum that proved too strong for Chinnor to create a platform. Any possession Chinnor enjoyed was snuffed out by a well organised defence where Rory Lillington pressured Chinnor into handling errors and at times desperate kicking which was returned by man-of-the-match Yarnton with success on the counterattack.

Rowan Fuller and Platt ensured the tight defence remained solid with several periods of Chinnor possession nullified by their aggressive tackling whilst lock pairing McGregor and Murison worked hard to fill the defensive barrier wider out. Mobile loose-head prop George Hayes proved an extra threat in exploiting the gaps around the breakdown and getting the Bulls in behind the defence on several occasions.

Yarnton enjoyed two tries of his own in a display of slick handling and close support throughout. Barty Carson, James Bloxham and Emmett won the physical battle of the breakdown allowing the backs time and space from quick ball to launch penetrative forays and Adam Lubbocks’ athleticism put him in position to score a well-earned trio of tries, the best of which involved him switching wings twice to come off the shoulder of Si Perry to score his third. Emmett broke up the backs’ dominance of the try-scoring picking a pass off his toes to score under the posts.

Jack Antoniou demonstrated why he has earned several international caps for Cyprus this year, showing his opposition a clean pair of heels and score out wide. Simon Perry was an attacking threat as he touched down two tries.

Guy Swadling missed only two of the conversions offered him, adding to his impressive points tally.

Henley Bulls: George Hayes, Rowan Fuller (Pet Browning, 70 mins), Craig Platt, Tom McGregor, Max Murison, Barty Carson, Chris Emmett, James Bloxham (Tom Huggins, 56 mins), Mark Bruce, Guy Swadling, Jack Antoniou (Patrick, 70 mins), Rory Lillington (James Percell-Lacey, 58 mins), Si Perry, Adam Lubbock, Ed Yarnton.

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