Early setback sets the tone as Bourne battle for the ball

Dan Bonham breaking the line for Bourne RUFC EMN-140915-173235001
Dan Bonham breaking the line for Bourne RUFC EMN-140915-173235001
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An opening league match of the season away to Thorney was always going to be a tough call for Bourne, especially with four regular players missing on cricket duties.

But after a good pre-season friendly result, the squad’s spirits were still quite positive.

It was far from a good start though when at the kick off, confusion reigned with Thorney chasing up their kick, collecting the ball and scoring within 10 seconds, their kicker converting from the touchline.

Bourne then had the chance to chase their own kick and a determined chase by Hume, Douglas and Faversham put pressure on the Thorney pack, causing them to make a mistake and give a scrum.

Despite great pressure from the Thorney pack, the new front row contingent of Wood, Sleight and Wilcox managed to hold things steady enough for Thornburn to get the pass away to Smith.

The back line were up fast though and things got held up in midfield when Bonham took the crash ball into contact.

The resulting scrum was won by Thorney who passed along the line and scored in the corner again despite a cover tackle by Rossi. The try was again converted.

For the rest of the half Bourne battled hard, with the best chance coming when 
a kickable penalty was awarded but they kicked for the corner.

Faversham got up highest, but the forwards’ drive was halted and cleared by a determined Thorney pack.

Thorney scored two further converted tries for a half-time lead of 28-0.

The half-time team talk rejuvenated the Bourne team and they were now on the front foot, Wood and Appleby securing good ball at the breakdown and Thornburn feeding the backs.

A good kick through from Croker would have given Bourne a two-man overlap but the referee played no advantage and awarded a penalty.

Croker kicked for touch and Bourne had a lineout from 15m out. The ball was secured cleanly by Hume and Thornburn fed man-of-the-match Korobulileka who had run a great line to score in the corner, the conversion being missed.

Bourne continued to attack and a break from Hume found its way to Bonham who gave to Korobulileka to score out wide, again unconverted.

Bourne should have scored again when Rossi was released after good work from Jorden-Boddey.

He got the ball on halfway, but was stopped just short 
of the line and Thorney cleared.

Thorney themselves scored three further tries, two converted for a final score of 47-10, but they had not had it all their own way.

Bourne have a home match next week at Milking Nook Drove against Bedford Swifts, 3pm kick off.

They train Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6.45 to 8.30pm and are always looking for new players.