Mills goes nap as Bulls make the perfect start

Joe Mills scored five tries at Bedworth for Banbury Bulls
Joe Mills scored five tries at Bedworth for Banbury Bulls

Banbury Bulls made it three wins out of three with a resounding 73-26 victory in Saturday’s Midlands Two West South fixture at newly-promoted Bedworth.

James Kerr’s boys produced 11 tries with some great running rugby from all areas of the pitch to remain the only unbeaten side and move four points clear at the top of the table.

Bedworth got off to a poor start when their kick off didn’t go ten metres and from the resulting scrum Bulls broke free and full-back Joe Mills opened the scoring. That set the tone for the match as skipper Ed Phillips quickly scored their second try which he converted.

Bedworth managed to get some possession and were relatively effective with a straight forward game plan, getting on the score sheet with a converted try. Both sides exchanged tries with Mills going over for his second score before Banbury’s dominance started to show through and they added three more through Mills, Carl Daniels and Simon Brand to go in at the break 40-14 ahead.

Bulls received some stern words from the coaching staff regarding their defence at the break. Taking that on board, at least initially, they added five more tries through Joe Mills (2), Sam Mills, Josh Deegan, a simple finish in the corner but only after a superb backs move spreading the ball from the one touchline to the other, and Adam Walsh with Alex Stephenson adding eight conversions while starving the home side of possession.

Bedworth finally saw some more of the ball they got points on the board and fully deserved their four try bonus point lifting them from the foot of the table. But Bulls ran out deserved winners and looked very dangerous with the ball in hand.

For the second week in a row, Bulls enjoyed a solid platform from the pack who were superb all afternoon, particularly at the set-piece. But Kerr’s boys will need to work on improving their defence before they host Berkswell & Balsall at Bodicote Park later this month.