A brace of tries from Alex Caviezel Cox and an outstanding display from Tommy Gray helped Bulls bounce back to victory in Saturday’s Wadworth 6X South West One East fixture at the DCS Stadium.
Bulls largely dominated possession and territory in the opening 15 minutes but had no points to show for their hard work. In fact, it was the visitors who opened the scoring. Bulls overthrew a line-out in their own 22 and a couple phases later after some slick hands Gareth Jenkins dived over under the posts with Marcus Raymond converting.
Some good heads-up play from Duncan Leese helped level the scores. Nick Pratt made a half break with Leese helping drive Pratt through a small gap in the opposition line before ripping the ball from team-mate, spinning out the breakdown and touching down under the posts before converting.
Old Patesians regained the lead through Matthew Dean after some poor defending from Bulls, the visitors finding far too many holes in the Banbury line and Raymond converted.
A fine show-and-go from Gray helped Bulls draw level again. Gray burst through the opposition defence before playing in Dan Kirwin who cut in from out wide to touch down under the posts and Leese converted.
Gray scored a fine solo try to give Bulls the lead at the half-time whistle after Leese made the initial break, getting Bulls on the front foot. Gray attacked the retreating back-line before throwing a dummy and touching down to the right of the posts and Leese converted.
Old Patesians kicked a penalty early on in the second half to reduce the deficit after Bulls were penalised for not releasing.
But Bulls picked up a try bonus point early in the second half. The Banbury pack pulled in the majority of the opposition players before Ed Phillips got the ball out to Gray who chipped behind for an easy catch and score for Joe Mills in the corner.
Joe Mills made a brilliant run from his own 22 to the oppositions to set up a try for Alex Caviezel Cox in the corner as Bulls began to turn it on.
Bulls finished the scoring with one of their tries of the season so far. Old Patesians were held up over the line and the resulting five metre scrum set up a good attacking platform for the visitors. Dean peeled off the back of the scrum but Phillips ripped the ball out before putting boot to ball. Some brilliant carries and support lines from Bulls ended with Caviezel Cox scoring his second try in the corner.