Banbury Bulls travel to Bedworth this weekend looking to extend their 100 per cent start to their Midlands Two West South campaign.
Banbury secured their second bonus point win with a 41-14 victory over Barkers Butts on Saturday at Bodicote Park where new Argentinian prop Manuel Paniagua boosted the pack which played a big part in the success.
Bulls opened the scoring through scrum half Josh Deegan, who took a quick penalty after Barkers infringed at a scrum, he wormed his way over the line between two defenders with a good finish and Alex Stevenson adding the extra points.
Banbury’s field position and strength up front was rewarded with two more penalties, both slotted by Stevenson, before the best move of the match led to Banbury’s second try.
Bulls built possession and field position through the forwards before Jed Boyle made a break down the right and picked out hooker Stevie Nutt in centre field with a pin-point long pass. Nutt raced clear to finish under the posts, giving Stevenson an easy conversion and a 20-0 halftime lead.
After the restart, Banbury’s intensity in defence dropped slightly and Butts punished them with a converted try. The second half was a relatively scrappy affair with neither team controlling possession but Banbury created more chances when they had the ball.
Veteran second row Matt Brock failed to ground the ball over the line but from the resulting scrum a crossfield kick from Stevenson was collected by Boyle and passed to Joe Mills for a neat finish, and Stevenson was on target again.
Bulls lost concentration again in their own 22 and conceded a penalty, a tap and go led to Butts crashing over for their second converted score. The game opened up with Bulls pushing for the bonus point try and Butts pushing hard to get back in to the game.
But it was Bulls who got what they were looking for when the ball broke loose and Boyle hacked through to score with Stevenson adding the extras.
Bulls’ domination of the scrum continued and provided a platform for the backs to attack for a final time. Stevenson was fed by returning club captain Ed Phillips and was hauled down just metres short but Sean Bannister was on hand to receive and run through unchallenged under the posts and Stevenson rounded it off.