Brave Bourne claim nothing despite plucky away display

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Bourne were denied a losing bonus point late in the day after they failed to capitalise on a strong first half display away at Westwood, losing 22-12.

Things looked ominous for Bourne when Ant Cooke knocked on from the kick off giving Westwood a scrum on the 10m line.

The Bourne pack were pushed back a good 20m before conceding a penalty, fortunately it was missed.

After the sides had exchanged attacks in the centre of the park Bourne had the chance to go ahead when Westwood were penalised but Tom Dixon also didn’t have his kicking boots on.

From the restart Hume caught the ball and passed out to the backs, a good run for Dan Bonham led to Rossi getting the ball but unfortunately he was forced into touch 5m out.

Bourne turned over the lineout with good work from Tom Douglas and Mark Thomas and were awarded a penalty.

Harry Thornburn quickly took it, feeding Rhys Powell and then on to Jack Berry who ran straight across all his backs to score in the opposite corner. A great kick from the touchline from Dixon made the score 7-0.

Play was again stuck in the midfield for a while with conditions taking their toll. The deadlock was broken by Westwood who muscled their way upfield with the forwards, and then a break from the back row led to a try under the posts, 7-7.

Bourne through flankers Thomas and Thornburn were putting a lot of pressure on the Westwood backs and eventually Thomas turned over the ball. The recycled ball made its way to Bonham who ran in an unconverted try from the 22.

Bourne finished the half well with a flurry of attacks and deserved their lead.

However after the break Bourne conceded first when the Westwood number eight picked up and ran 40m through weak Bourne tackles to level the score and subsequently take the lead with the conversion. 14-12.

Despite the best efforts of the Bourne defence, with some good tackles in midfield from Ewan Jones and Payne , Westwood scored a third try, this time in the corner.

The game was stopped for lightning with 11 minutes left.

However play resumed and in soaking conditions Bourne were penalised under their own posts, which Westwood kicked to deny Bourne the bonus point.

Man of the Match Dan Bonham