Captains Hat Trick delivers win for the Bulls
A hat trick of tries for captain Ben Pugh sealed victory for Builth last Saturday in their final games of season away to Pencoed.
Builth, playing into bright sun and in front of their biggest travelling support all season started the better of the two teams, centre Stephen Boore back to his best regularly punching holes in the gain line and forcing Pencoed on to the back foot. An early penalty for Builth in the Pencoed 22 saw full back Seb Barrett opt for the line out and Pugh score the first points of the game touching down from the resultingdriving maul. The increasingly reliable Barrett adding the extras.
Builth nearly added to their points tally shortly after when winger Gethin Davies collected his chip ahead and sprinted for the line only to be tackled just short and bundled into touch.
A better period of play followed for the home team. A miss-kick from fly half Dale Jones sent the ball out on the full. With the line out in the Builth 22, Pencoed tried the driving maul tactic themselves and Builth judged guilty of bringing down the maul, Pencoed opted for the posts but kicked wide. Undaunted Pencoed were soon on the attack again and with the Bulls missing tackles in mid field it was only a sloppy forward pass forced from a try saving tackle by Kyle Baggott that saved Builth blushes and kept the score line at 7 nil to Builth at half time.
Pencoed rallied in the second half, their scrum which had been shaky for the first quarter was now functioning well, forcing errors from the Builth pack and earning another kick at goal which was slotted successfully. Invigorated by this, Pencoed took the lead minutes later, crossing for their first try 10 minutes later but missed the conversion.
Builth made changes shortly after, Joe Godley on for Baggott on the wing, Rhys Field on for Neil Jarman at tight head and Lucas Evans replacing Dan Oakley. Another infringement offered Pencoed another penalty just within the half way line. The kick drifted wide of the upright.
Builth rallied going into the last half hour with Pencoed penalised for not releasing, Barratt put boot to ball for a lineout, deep in the opposition 22. In a repeat of the first half, the referee blew for a penalty to Builth, Pencoed adjudged to have committed the same offence. Barrett put the Bulls back into the lead with a comfortable kick at posts. Moments later, Builth extended their lead when Pugh had his second try from another tried and tested driving maul. Barrett again adding the extras.
Undeterred, the home team hit back and capitalising from missed tackles, ran in an easy try under the posts a successful conversion narrowed the deficit to two points with 10 minutes to go.
With the sun now on their backs, Builth used it to their advantage kicking high and forcing mistakes from the hosts. Joe Godley challenging superbly in the air and winning a great take to put Builth on the front foot again and sending his captain in for his hat-trick. The conversion this time kicked wide spoiling a near perfect kicking performance from Barrett.
Final score 15-22. The Bulls will hope that the result will be enough to secure a Division One spot next season, with teams behind them having games in hand it may be out of their control.
1 Dave Bayliss
2 Phil Morgan
3 Neil Jarman
4 Wayne Morris
5 Dan Oakley
6 Tom Samuel
7 Alex Brown
8 Ben Duggan
9 Ben Pugh (c)
10 Dale Jones
11 Gethin Davies
12 Steven Bore
13 Gethin Lewis
14 Kyle Baggott
15 Seb Barrett
Coach : Nick Howells