Kerr praises players for a top display

Banbury Bulls winger Jimmy Manley ran in a hat-trick of tries at Old Yardleians
Banbury Bulls winger Jimmy Manley ran in a hat-trick of tries at Old Yardleians

Head coach James Kerr faces a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s Midlands Two West South fixture with Pinley at Bodicote Park.

Banbury Bulls maintained the pressure on the top with an emphatic 50-14 victory at Old Yardleains where Jimmy Manley ran in a hat-trick of tries. But leaders Old Laurentians and second placed Newbold-on-Avon also produced big wins and Bulls are still three points off top spot.

Kerr was full of praise for his players after their victory but faces a selection poser to get the right balance for this weekend’s clash with mid-table Pinley with several players now available following injuries and Jed Boyle set to return from suspension the following weekend.

Kerr said: “It shows the strength in depth we’ve now got in the squad that players like Chris Phillips and Joe Mills, who were first team regulars last season, are having to bide their time to get back into the starting line-up.

“We’ve got selection problems in getting the right balance to the squad, especially in the pack. We haven’t changed how we want to play our rugby but we have to be able to adapt against different opposition.

“I don’t know much about Pinley as they’ve only come up this season but I’m expecting a similar game to the one at Old Yardleians.”

Looking back on Saturday’s success at Old Yardleians, Kerr added: “We knew what we had to do win the game, Old Yardleians were always going to be strong through the middle and in the set-pieces, so we had to get the ball out wide. I think only one of our tries came from under the posts.

“From one to 15, the players were excellent, I couldn’t pick out a man-of-the-match but obviously Jimmy Manley’s hat-trick was a highlight.

“We played some of our best rugby of the season but our pack also faced up well to a stiff test and we were strong again defensively despite conceding a couple of tries.”