Stylish Bicester rout Drifters for back-to-back wins

Tom Miles
Tom Miles

Bicester recorded back-to-back victories when easily overwhelming Drifters 47-3 in the Southern Counties North.

Ten home line-outs were stolen and four of their scrums were heeled against the head, and though Drifters won the penalty count 11-7, their backs made little headway against the visitors’ ferocious tackling.

Bicester, however, scored only twice in the first half, and it was not until 12 minutes after the break when the floodgates opened as visiting backs and forwards combined brilliantly in unison, staging a five-try spectacular of running rugby.

Industrious winger Peter Tarrega scored both the first and last of Bicester’s seven tries and centre Tom Miles converted six times.

Twenty-five minutes had passed when Bicester edged in front for the first time as Tarrega intercepted a loose ball in centre field and sprinted clear of covering defenders to touch down and give Miles an easy early conversion.

That rather set the tone as slick handling from the forwards culminated in Francois Wiese plunging across for another try, again converted by Miles, before a Alex Canon put Drifters on the board with a penalty.

It was in the second half when Bicester really put their hosts to the sword as Dan Spencer went on a jinking solo run past several defenders for a third try, quickly followed by a bonus-point fourth when Weise, Spencer and Christian Mann combined to send Matt Dye across.

Spencer was again instrumental in the away side’s next well-worked try as he caught a line-out to allow prop Tom Horwood stretch over the line.

Miles this time failed to convert but Bicester were now rampant and they were not to be denied further points as replacement Wesley Westaway, a former Exeter Chiefs forward, and Tarrega dotted down.

Bicester are at Wallingford this week for a rearranged fixture.

Elsewhere, Dave Ahu-Gooch scored a hat-trick as Bicester IIs beat Maidenhead IIIs 45-26.