Top two face each other as Bulls look to take big step

Joe MIlls heads for the line during Banbury Bulls' victory at Dunlop. Photo: Simon Grieve
Joe MIlls heads for the line during Banbury Bulls' victory at Dunlop. Photo: Simon Grieve

Head coach James Kerr knows this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash will have a big say in the outcome of the race for the Midlands Two West South title.

Leaders Banbury Bulls entertain second-placed Earlson who are now the only team realistically that can pip Kerr’s boys to the title and automatic promotion. The pressure is on Earlson to go for the win at Bodicote Park as they trail Bulls by four points with six games remaining.

If we beat Earlsdon it will be a massive advantage for us

Head coach James Kerr

Kerr said: “Even if we lose, there will be five games to go so we will still be in a strong position and there will be hard games coming up for both teams. But if we beat Earlson it will be a massive advantage for us.

“There is no reason why we can’t beat them, we won at their place and that will give us confidence for Saturday. But we will play the rugby that we have been playing all season and approach the game the same we have every one.”

Looking back on Saturday’s victory at in-form Dunlop, Kerr added: “It was important we bounced back from the cup defeat and retain our four-point advantage.

“Dunlop had been on a good run, they held us up in the first half. But we showed great intensity and the desire to get another bonus-point win in the second half.”