A BRACE of tries from captain Louis Flynn helped to defeat Witney and edge
A BRACE of tries from captain Louis Flynn helped to defeat Witney and edge the Bulls into the Oxfordshire Cup final.
Witney appeared to have a telling weight advantage at the scrum but the Bulls were able to build phases of momentum by quickening the tempo and looked dangerous in attack.
Ed Church’s return added to the accuracy at the line-outs where Charlie Nixon and 18-year-old lock Huw Evans helped launch the Bulls attack quicker than from the scrum.
This was certainly the case when Tommy Haynes, who cleaned up the untidy set piece ball at the scrum, capitalised on a defensive lapse and slipped through from 15 metres to open Henley’s account.
Witney responded quickly with a try but Henley hit back before the half-time break through Flynn who made a smart-angled run to touch down under the sticks, and Luke Govier converted.
Straight after the break Witney used the wind advantage to gain territory and soon grabbed a 13-12 lead with their second try.
This seemed to spark a response from the Bulls and a sublime floated pass from Jack Bradford saw Daley Aremu go over on the opposite flank to restore their lead before Flynn grabbed his second and Henley’s fourth after some superb carrying play.
With 20 minutes remaining Toby Howe was sin-binned for a shoulder charge and Witney made the most of the advantage with a score and conversion to bring them within two points at 20-22.
As their manpower was fully restored with 10 minutes to go, the Bulls held on. With the clock running out Witney were given a penalty from wide on the left and opted to kick for goal but it sailed wide and over the dead ball line.