Bicester trounced by league winners in final encounter

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Drifters 48

Bicester 0

This Bicester side, lacking the passion, drive and urgency which they have displayed so well throughout the season, was outplayed by league champions Drifters.

Drifters dominated both territory and possession and kicked well, while the visitors were outgunned at both the scrums and line-outs and were unable to work the ball through the phases.

Drifters went ahead after 17 minutes. As their forwards drove on from a line-out, Bicester were penalised for offside and outside half Mark Bannister slotted over the 15 metre kick.

Soon afterwards Drifters heeled a Bicester scrum against the head on the right and number 8 George Mogoligott drove across for a try which Bannister also converted.

A short period of Bicester pressure ensued after lock Tim Phipps charged down a clearance kick but the home side then took advantage of a Bicester handling error in the centre and Alex Rankin crossed on the right for another converted try. Straightaway Drifters won quick ball from a scrum and Rankin gathered a chip ahead to race through unchallenged for his second try.

Bannister again converted to give his side a 24-point lead seven minutes from half-time.

Just before the break Bannister struck the upright with a 35 metre penalty attempt.

Bicester then lost centre Jak Cluness to a back injury 19 miutes into the second half and five minutes later Bicester increased their advantage.

From another good line-out take on the left, Mogoligott touched down for an unconverted try. Immediately Bicester were turned over as they drove off a scrum and Mogoligott completed his hat-trick.

Bannister added the conversion points and moments later he was doing the same after Rankin sprinted to the try line to record his hat-trick, form a scrum.

Drifters seventh and final try was scored by replacement flanker Alan Morgan following a slick handling movement on the left.

The first team have finished in fourth place in the Premier Division while Bicester 2nds have won the Division Three Championship and will play in Division Two next season.

There is no rugby this weekend except for the Bicester Colts league game at Bracknell on Sunday.

>> Bicester 2nds beat Phoenix 2nds 34-10 last Saturday. Their tries were scored by Freddie Everett (2), Chris Nash, Chad Ward, Ali Atashgah. Conversions were by James Blake (3) and a penalty by Blake.