Goode enthuses over a top display

Banbury Bulls' Tommy Gray finds a gap in the Swindon defence. Photo: Simon Grieve NNL-190325-095246002
Banbury Bulls' Tommy Gray finds a gap in the Swindon defence. Photo: Simon Grieve NNL-190325-095246002

Player-coach Matt Goode was full of praise after seeing Banbury Bulls enjoy a try bonanza at Swindon.

Goode felt it was one his side’s best ever displays, not only in terms of the 13 tries they scored but also that they denied Swindon a single point. Bulls still trail second-placed Old Centralians in Wadworth 6X South West One East by four points after they comfortably beat Witney as expected.

I think technically we were very astute, we were really firing

Bulls player-coach Matt Goode

Goode said: “I think technically we were very astute, we were really firing. The first five minutes they took it to us a bit and we saw what their game plan was going to be. But once we had the ball, we controlled possession, played our phases and at times were unstoppable.”

Bulls were forced into positional changes with usual pairing of Ed Phillips and Sam Stoop unavailabl, so Justin Parker started at nine and Tommy Gray took over at ten for the first time this season. Gray looked totally at ease playing ten, pulling defenders left and right, creating the gaps for others to run through, and controlled the game for 80 minutes.

Goode added: “We moved the ball really well, I thought Tommy Gray at ten was outstanding, the communication from the boys around him helped too. We know we can score tries, we know we can usually get those bonus points.

“But to nil a team at their place is always amazing. I thought the whole team were fantastic. A couple guys game in, some played out of position but they really impressed.”