Bicester IIs fightback to notch thrilling win

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An outstanding individual performance from Simon Poole helped Bicester IIs to a high-scoring 48-32 victory at Newbury Blues IIs.

Poole, whose total of 23 points included a hat-trick and four conversions, was the highlight of a fine Bicester second half comeback.

Having turned around at 20-12 in arrears, the Bicester forward pack then proceeded to dominate as they scored a further six tries to achieve a superb victory that keeps them 11th in BBO Two.

Newbury controlled the early stages, taking a 15-point lead after just 25 minutes of play with Mike Linth, Gavin Hardman and Phil Simmons all scoring.

Bicester hit back through Simon Poole, who soared across on the right, but James Goracy stretched over to restore Newbury’s 15-point lead.

However, Bicester then roared back with Poole at heart of a superb fightback as he ran in a second try on the stroke of half time to bring Bicester back into the game.

From the restart, Bicester centre Dan Spencer sent lock Ali Antash Gah across to further reduce the deficit and although Hardman added his second for Newbury, the visitors raced away with victory thanks to second half tries from Spencer, Alex McDonald, Niall Morrow, Jamie Stevens and Poole.