Brave Bourne battered by high-flying Oundle Eagles

Bourne RURC v Oundle RFC. Photo: Simon Perkins EMN-140324-141226001 1
Bourne RURC v Oundle RFC. Photo: Simon Perkins EMN-140324-141226001 1
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Oundle ran in 11 tries in a dominant display at home to Bourne on Saturday, winning 57-0.

Oundle, remembering the close game at Bourne, knew only a top grade performance would give them the bonus point they required.

Bourne certainly play better than their league position shows, and it was obvious they had come to compete.

The Eagles however at full flow are a handful for any opposition, and the support play was excellent.

Oundle opened the scoring with a try on eight minutes from James Sheridan, with cover all sucked in and simple hands saw him cross the line untouched.

The next score came six minutes later with again good interplay between forwards and backs getting them behind the Bourne defence and Eddie King crossed under the posts.,

King added a second a few minutes later, this time after several phases, as Oundle broke blind and good hands in a small space saw the second row score in the corner.

Sheridan scored his second in a similar vein to the first, the penetration through the midfield creating a good platform and he was on hand to finish off the move.

The last try of the half was scored by Snelling, his power finishing off another excellent piece of support play.

Bourne never gave up the chase and gave a brave account of themselves. At half time Oundle knew that the Bourne side were far from out of the game, as they kept breaking through with a lapse in the defensive focus.

Two more tries came after a significant amount of pressure from the Oundle pack. The first completed the hat trick for Eddie King from a catch and drive from a lineout.

Oundle now dominated the Bourne 22, and the game hit a sour patch, as under pressure the visitors gave away a string of penalties. Oundle chose to scrummage and the pack, driving over the line, allowed Chris Sheldon to snipe over on the blind side.

Nick Cobley drove over the line for another try. Still then scored the final from a supporting position.

Bourne are a side who never give up and they gave everything in the last 10 minutes to try to get on the scoresheet. However, the Eagles were as determined in defence and held them out.