Skipper Will Ford hailed a “stunning performance” against local rivals Southampton Solent in the opening game of the season at Bournemouth Sports ground. The BURFC raced to a 43-17 victory, scoring seven tries in the process, including a brace from returning fly half Chris Yates.
Bournemouth started in confident fashion and after twenty minutes, captain Will Ford touched down to open the scoring. It didn’t take Solent long to reply though and after a well worked move from a lineout they drew level and with a successful conversion took the lead.
Bournemouth continued to dominate however and after a long period of pressure in the Solent twenty-two, outside centre Chris Baker weaved his way through the defense to once again put Bournemouth in front. Solent responded with a penalty after indiscipline at the scrum but Bournemouth looked the stronger side, especially at the breakdown.
And just five minutes later, winger Rupert Wood crossed after a good off load from his wing partner Will Jay in the mid-field to make the score 17-10.
By now, the Solent defense was beginning to struggle and just before half time Yates got his first of two tries, completing a flowing breakaway move to put Bournemouth fourteen points up at the break.
After impressing in the first half, scrum half Kevin Ellis continued to pull the strings and after some good work at the base of the scrum, he fed Yates to grab his second of the game after breaking through a hole in the defensive line and score under the posts.
As Solent became more and more frustrated, tempers frayed but the referee quickly got control and Bournemouth went on to score two more tries. The first came after the prop pairing of Louis Bartlett and Rhys Edwards combined well with Bartlett diving over eventually. The second, a special effort from debutant Andy Brown as he switched to the blind side and rounded the winger to cross in the corner.
Solent regrouped to score a consolation try but it wasn’t enough to prevent the BURFC celebrating their first victory of the season.
Ford said “It was great to get the ball rolling and I hope things can stay at the same intensity” while coach Jim Kelly praised the new comers to the team, “There were outstanding performances from Kev and Louis Bartlett. Congratulations to the new boys and its nice to welcome them to the first team with a win. I’m really really pleased”.
Secher, Wood, Baker, Brown, Jay, Yates, Ellis, Ford, Smith, Fair, Swaffield, Fuljaves, Edwards, Singleton, Bartlett
Martin for Swaffield (half-time), Marshall for Brown (48), Taylor for Singleton (59), Fernando for Wood (59), Cree for Fuljaves (59), Glynn Davis for Baker (67), Brown for Ellis (70) – Rolling subs