Buoyed by two victories, St Albans faced unbeaten league leaders, Taffs Well after a three day turnaround. This paled into insignificance against the Well who crammed 8 games plus a Cup Final into a three week period. The visitors had a big squad – but they were being carefully managed as Coaches tried their best to get a result out of tired legs. In contrast, the Buns were again short on the bench, but the team were eager to back up their two recent successes.
In an entertaining game, both sides moved the ball with early success. With the Buns’s pack starting well – the game was stretched and open – not what the Taffs Well Coaches & physio’s necessarily wanted. Taffs Well kept taking the lead but St Albans kept hitting back and midway through the second half the scores were 20 each – an upset on the cards. However by making good use of their bench – and by tightening up their approach – the Taffs Well Coaches got the desired results as the away team pulled away to a merited, if hard fought, bonus point victory. Again, despite changes, and inevitable absentees for a midweek game, the Buns played with style, cohesion and pushed the League Leaders all the way. Buns try scorers were George Pain and the permitting James Bain with Mike Thomas adding the kicking points, including a well taken drop goal. A 34-20 score line was a fair reflection of the game but St Albans’ play merited a Bonus Point.
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