Defence is key to Bulls’ success says head coach

Banbury Bulls skipper Ed Phillips was amongst the points at Malvern
Banbury Bulls skipper Ed Phillips was amongst the points at Malvern

With his side’s final home fixture of the year fast approaching, Banbury Bulls head coach James Kerr is looking to retain top spot.

The Midlands Two West South leaders entertain Nuneaton Old Edwardians in Saturday’s fixture at Bodicote Park where Kerr will be looking for another bonus-point win from his side.

We’ve added a stronger defensive side to our game and all the players have bought into that philosophy

Head coach James Kerr

Bulls hold a four-point advantage over Spartans but Kerr knows just how tight the division is this time.

He said: “You have to be on your game every week or you will come unstuck because any team can beat any one this time.

“We’ve added a stronger defensive side to our game and all the players have bought into that philosophy. We will need that if we get promoted but that’s a long way off and we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”

Looking back on Saturday’s success at Malvern, Kerr added: “That was arguably our best performance so far because of the elements we faced in the second half.

“We didn’t know if the points we put on the board in the first half would be enough but the key moment was us scoring so soon after the restart. That sent out a message to Malvern that we could also score tries against the elements and our defence was so strong.”