Bulls warm up for cup tie on back of another try bonanza

Simon Brand is tackled by Leamington's Ed Boxall during Banbury Bulls' derby victory at Bodicote Park
Simon Brand is tackled by Leamington's Ed Boxall during Banbury Bulls' derby victory at Bodicote Park

Head coach James Kerr will be looking for Banbury Bulls to take their league form into Saturday’s RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup clash with Camp Hill.

Bulls going into the second round tie on the back of another bonus-point success as they consolidated top spot in Midlands Two West South with a comprehensive derby demolition of Leamington on Saturday.

Bulls ran in nine tries in Saturday’s 55-12 victory at Bodicote Park where Leamington suffered their sixth straight defeat following a positive start to the season.

The elements forced Bulls to play out of their own half and, after several good opportunities went begging, they opened the scoring with a well worked blind-side move at the scrum which saw Josh Deegan dive over in the corner. Bulls continued to run from deep and increased their lead when Phillips picked the ball from a scrum deep in his own half, finding Deegan who combined with Simon Brand to put fullback Joe Mills over in the corner.

The third try of the half came from a loose clearance kick, Mills collected the ball and passed infield to Adam Walsh who spun through one tackle and then side-stepped two more defenders and dotted down under the posts, giving Phillips an easy conversion to Bulls 17-0 up at the break.

Leamington missed three penalties in the first half and soon fell further behind after the restart when Walsh went over in the corner. Ian Isham scored a great solo try from the kick-off, gathering the high ball, he shrugged of a tackler and beat the next defender to the line with Phillips adding the extras.

The tries kept coming for Bulls with Sam Stoop, Will Goode, replacement Alex Stevenson and Mills all going over. Stevenson resumed kicking duties after he came off the bench and slotted three out of four attempts.

Leamington rallied towards the end of the match, to show they are a better side than their league position illustrates, and added two tries of their own, but they came too late to prevent Bulls from picking up another bonus-point victory.