Queens rule while Bourne pay the penalty

Sam Thornburn in action for Bourne.  Photo by Alan Hancock.
Sam Thornburn in action for Bourne. Photo by Alan Hancock.
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MIDLANDS FOUR EAST (SOUTH): Bourne 0 Queens 33

There was no hard luck story for Bourne against Queens just six weeks after the “bad luck of the bounce” saw them exit the Midlands Junior Vase against the same side.

Five tries from four different Queens players, as well as a penalty try three minutes before half-time, rubbed salt into the home side’s wounds on a day when they never came close to scoring a point.

No tries, no conversions and no signs of a penalty spelt frustration for joint coaches Nigel Lindley and John Forbes who brought himself on with ten minutes to go.

Queens’ dangerous winger Neil Mills opened the try account on seven minutes after a lineout and John Fisell added another try on 28 minutes, almost direct from a five-metre scrum.

Stacey Yates and Steve Hoath both grabbed second-half tries on 44 minutes and 66 minutes respectively, while fly half Ashley Tapper converted four out of his five conversion attempts.

Queens just dominated all levels of play and they were clever with it as well

Bourne joint coach John Forbes

Lindley said: “I really thought we were going to do okay when we started the game, but it was just a very, very poor performance.

“We gave almost as many penalties away (20) as we did points and we were on the back foot all the time.

“Meanwhile, Queens were busy, industrious and we let them boss us around which you can’t do in rugby.

“It’s very, very frustrating and we’ve got plenty of work to do.”

There were no excuses either from Bourne centre Sam Thornburn, so often the source of Bourne’s best rugby this season.

Thornburn said: “Queens were awesome in the forwards’ division and everything went well for them.

“We just didn’t have any discipline, made stupid mistakes, missed tackles and lacked communication.

“The key for us is to get the numbers out for training because we can play brilliantly but still lose the game.

“It’s just the finishing touches we need to work on.”

Meanwhile in Midlands Two East (North), Spalding narrowly lost 22-19 at Stamford but Town stay out of the bottom two because of Mansfield’s 62-8 drubbing at West Bridgeford.

Bourne bounced out of the Vase by Queens