Kerr says Bulls make their point to keep pace with leaders

Banbury Bulls' Dan Tooth hands the ball off before being taken over the touch line by Pinley's Lee Cosgrove
Banbury Bulls' Dan Tooth hands the ball off before being taken over the touch line by Pinley's Lee Cosgrove

Head coach James Kerr will be warning against complacency when Banbury Bulls round off 2014 against Droitwich on Saturday.

Bulls entertain the Worcestershire side in Saturday’s Midlands Two West South fixture at Bodicote Park where Kerr will be looking for Bulls to keep the pressure on the top two, leaders Old Laurentians and Newbold-on-Avon.

Buls failed to get the extra point against Pinley and had Dan Tooth sent off near the end of a niggling affair. Bulls lost ground on the top two and Kerr will be looking for his side to complete the double on Saturday.

He said: “Droitwich pushed us all the way at their place earlier in the season and they’ve taken other teams close as well. They’re in a false position so they will not be pushovers.

“The top teams get that bonus point, week-in, week-out, and that could cost us. The boys are disappointed and know we dropped points this week and they will be determined to make up for that on Saturday.

“We had several missed opportunities to get the extra point but it was a tough game and Pinley made it very physical, we were the better team and played the better rugby.”

Reflecting on Dan Tooth’s red card and impending suspension, Kerr added: “The referee didn’t see the original offence and sent Dan [Tooth] off for retaliation.

“Dan isn’t that sort of player and he was only defending himself so we hope the referee’s report will help him and that the RFU disciplinary panel will be lenient. But the club will accept whatever suspension they hand out.”

Bulls should be strengthened by the return of second row forwards Nick Pratt and Matt Brock as well as Jed Boyle, following his suspension, against Droitwich.

But Chris Phillips’ season looks to be over after he sustained a broken bone in his foot and is expected to be out for six months.