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Banbury Bulls' John Fox is tackled by Old Yardleians' James Hendrick at Bodicote Park
Banbury Bulls' John Fox is tackled by Old Yardleians' James Hendrick at Bodicote Park

Twickenham wasn’t the only place where the points were being racked up on Saturday.

In an exhilarating brand of running rugby at Bodicote Park, Banbury Bulls ran in ten tries in demolishing Old Yardleians 60-7 in their Midlands Two West South fixture.

Alex Caviezel Cox led the way with a well-taken hat-trick while the evergreen Simon Brand weighed in with a brace.

It did not take long for Bulls to open the scoring when skipper Eddie Phillips fielded a clearing kick and running the ball back evaded would be tacklers to put Brand in for the try.

With Bulls looking dangerous with ball in hand and exerting pressure when not in possession the lead was increased when an Old Yardleians’ kick was charged down and good handling allowed Caviezel Cox to score in the corner.

Creating numerous line breaks, Bulls, despite playing into the wind, were well in control and the alert John Fox was next to score when he was first to a loose ball over the visitors try line after Carl Daniels had been stopped just short.

Caviezel Cox, showing exceptional pace in a run from his own half, and Sam Ridgway added to the tally, and although the Old Yardleians did manage to get on the scoreboard with a try from James Hendrick, converted by Carl Bucknall, Bulls held a commanding 29-7 lead at the break.

Banbury continued to exert near total control and, although errors began to creep in due mainly to over ambition, tries continued to flow. Caviezel Cox completed his hat-trick, again showing good pace, while Andy Collett, Joe Mills, Phillips and Brand all crossed with Phillips adding three conversions.

The game meandered in the closing stages, not helped by a rash of yellow cards which disrupted the flow of the game.