Brady brace boosts Bulls as they storm back to victory

Dan Brady breaks clear to score for Banbury Bulls at Beaconsfield. Photo: Simon Grieve
Dan Brady breaks clear to score for Banbury Bulls at Beaconsfield. Photo: Simon Grieve

Banbury Bulls overturned a 19-14 halftime deficit to beat newly-promoted Beaconsfield 38-19.

Two tries from Dan Brady and an impressive performance from Jimmy Manley helped secure all five Wadworth 6X South West One East points on Saturday.

Bulls got an early score when Jacob Mills made a good break and the ball was spun wide for Tommy Gray to dance his way out of a couple tackles before off-loading to Ed Phillips who touched down before adding the conversion.

Beaconsfield responded through the boot of Aled Lewis after Bulls were penalised for being off the feet at the breakdown. Beaconsfield went ahead when the ball was knocked on and a quick break ended with James Lambert touching down and Lewis converted.

Lewis extended the lead with two penalties after Bulls were twice penalised for holding on at the breakdown.

Bulls reduced the arrears following a fine move from the backs. Gray made the break before off-loading to Brady who stepped past the last man to score and Phillips converted.

Gray saw yellow shortly before halftime and Jones continued his fine form with the boot to kick the resulting penalty.

Bulls came out firing in the second half, winning a scrum ten metres into the Beaconsfield half. Jack Briggs burst through the Beaconsfield line and as the covering defence closed in passed out wide to Joe Mills who sprinted his way over in the corner to level.

Bulls regained the lead with a try from deep. Kallum Dixey turned the ball over at the breakdown and Bulls countered from deep. Gray kept the ball in play, Manley picked and went from the base of the ruck. A quick off-load to Briggs released Dan Kirwin who managed to dive over in the corner for his first Banbury try.

Joe Mills nailed a tricky conversion from out wide and Bulls got on top after the restart. Phase after phase followed with the Beaconsfield defence holding out before Pete Boulton picked the ball up from the base of a ruck and bullied his way through a couple tackles before spinning his way over. Joe Mills added the extras to increase the lead to 19-33.

Bulls sealed the win with another Brady try in added-time. Bulls used a scrum as a good base again and Sam Stoop played in Brady who sneaked over in the corner.