Manley completes hat-trick for rampaging Bulls

Matt Brock was in top form as Banbury Bulls enjoyed a big success at Old Yardleians
Matt Brock was in top form as Banbury Bulls enjoyed a big success at Old Yardleians

In an exhilarating exhibition of running rugby, Banbury Bulls cruised to a 50-14 victory at Old Yardleians in Saturday’s Midlands Two West South fixture.

Bulls ran in eight tries to maintain their title challenge ahead of this weekend’s fixture with Pinley at Bodicote Park.

Bulls were soon on the scoreboard when fullback Dan Tooth created an overlap for Josh Deegan to cross in the corner. Next to score was Jimmy Manley who shrugged of a number of attempted tackles to force his way over.

Old Yardleians put Bulls defence to the test but repeated close range charges were resisted until a loose pass was intercepted by fly half Jake White who cantered to the line unopposed for the try which he converted.

Bulls continued to run the ball and extended their lead when Eddie Phillips fed Tooth who crossed in the corner. Phillips added the extras with an excellent conversion.

The bonus point was wrapped up before halftime when hard working second row forward Matt Brock, who supplied a stream of possession from the line-out, was on hand to gather a loose ball after Deegan was tackled just short of the line.

Bulls continued to dominate in the second half. Deegan scored his second try after Bulls retained possession going through a number of phases and Phillips was on target with another conversion from the touchline.

With Old Yardleians losing their discipline Bulls enjoyed plenty of possession and a flowing move from deep in their own half saw Tooth cross for his second try. Next it was the turn of Manley, who capped a fine performance to run a good supporting line to cross.

Manley quickly followed up to complete his hat-trick after another powerful run. Both tries were converted by Phillips before Carl Bucknell scored a late consolation which was converted by White.