Win and a loss for Bourne before big kick off

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Bourne warmed up for the new Midlands Four East South season with a comfortable 26-7 friendly win at Horncastle.

New coach John Forbes took a squad of 17 players to Coronation Walk, including 14 forwards which led to a number of unusual selection decisions.

Tom Mellor and Patty Danielewski found themselves on the wings, while Jake Appleby made his first start for Bourne at centres.

In a match played over four 20-minute periods, Bourne were first to score when Drew Castle broke the opposition’s defensive line and ran in from 30 yards to score before converting his own try to make it 0-7.

However, Bourne were showing signs of rustiness with a number of stray passes and silly penalties mixed in with individual forwards having good runs with the ball.

On top of this, sloppy defence, handling errors and penalties also proved a problem - with John Hume alone conceding six in the first half-hour.

It was through some bad passing by debutant scrum-half Harley Giuliari to Castle that led to the Horncastle try to make it 7-7 and it stayed that way till the end of the second Quarter.

Then Giuliari showed his speed down the wing and raced 40 yards into the corner for an unconverted try to make it 7-12 before Castle scored again to make out 19-7 and Hume ran another converted try to put Bourne 26-7 ahead.

On Saturday, an under-strength Bourne XV visited Bingham in the NLD Plate and lost 32-5 after tries by Oscar Ciarro (two), Jonathan Thomas, Paul Linney and Toby Billingham.