Goode proud of his players despite seeing Bulls exit cup

Head coach Matt Goode paid tribute to his players despite seeing Banbury Bulls bow out of the Oxon RFU County Cup.

Dan Brady keeps his eyes on the ball for Banbury Bulls against Oxford Harlequins. Photo: Simon Grieve
Dan Brady keeps his eyes on the ball for Banbury Bulls against Oxford Harlequins. Photo: Simon Grieve

Bulls were unable to get over the early setback of having Justin Parker red-carded against Oxford Harlequins in Saturday’ semi-final at the DCS Stadium.

Goode said: “It was a tough old battle, it always is against Quins. To play that long with 14 men was a tough ask but I thought we played well.

“Our young boys are playing some great rugby but discipline from both teams was poor. We’re disappointed at the result but we showed tremendous pride and that’s what I want more than anything at the moment.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow. We wanted to win the cup again but we’ll focus elsewhere.”

Goode was also full of praise for the club’s supporters who did their best to get Bulls over the line despite the numerical disadvantage. It almost paid off and Goode knew how they had helped his side.

He said: “Our crowd is always amazing. They’re always behind us, I’m just a bit gutted we couldn’t get over the finishing line for them. The support we get it amazing.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s windy, raining or other horrible conditions, we always manage to get a good crowd.”