After cruising to the win last week, the BURFC came up against a much sterner test, not least because of injuries to last weeks winning squad. Captain Will Ford was ruled out with a thigh injury, and after impressing last week, new-boy Andy Brown limped out of training with an ankle problem and to make matters worse, returning star Cameron Cree dislocated his knee while training for his club.
The forward pack was boasted however with the return of crowd favorite Patrick O’Reilly and Chris Holden. It was good work from the half-backs that created the first try though as scrum half Kev Ellis linked well with Chris Yates and the fly half calmly rounded the full back to touch down under the posts.
It wasn’t long until the BURFC scored again and this time it was fancy footwork from the forwards that extended Bournemouth’s lead. Mike Fair left the Southampton full back for dead with an outrageous side step and then fed second row Ollie Fuljaves who dived over. After exchanging penalties the teams went into the break with Bournemouth 17-6 up.
Just ten minutes into the second half Southampton scored after a period of pressure inside the BURFC’s twenty two. Missed tackles on the blindside of a ruck created a hole for Southampton to exploit.
But just as Southampton looked like getting back into the game, scrum half Ellis stepped his way through several tackles to score in the corner after a solid scrum. Southampton refused to give in though as they quickly responded with a try of their own, bring them to within a converted try of Bournemouth.
After a change in referee at half time, the game was becoming more and more disjointed, especially at the breakdown but Bournemouth were awarded a penalty and Yates held his nerve to knock over an important three points to make the score 25-21.
And it was just as well, as slick hands from the Southampton backs produced a try in the dying minutes but the BURFC held on to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Stand-in skipper Rupert Wood said “Things got messy in the second half, but I’m very proud of the boys for digging deep and grounding out a win. Onwards and upwards!”
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