09:00AM, Thursday 16 January 2014
Hungerford 40, Phoenix 19
Phoenix were able to field a strong side at Hungerford, but they failed to gel initially and were unable to make up the deficit in the second half on Saturday.
A slow start by the visitors enabled Hungerford to score three unanswered tries in the first 20 minutes.
They then added a further penalty to lead 20-0 before Phoenix found some momentum which ended with fullback Brad Coomber touching down just before the interval.
That made it 20-5 to Hungerford at half-time.
Early in the second half Simon Kalafusz scored near the posts, and although Hung-erford countered this with a try of their own, Phoenix snatched a third try through James Richardson to make it 27-19.
Hungerford added a further penalty and then exploited the gaps in Phoenix’s defence, as they strived for a bonus point, to touch down twice more in the final minutes.
Phoenix director of rugby Tim Schofield said: “We did not defend well, we did not particularly gel as a side and this I think was as a result of four weeks without a match and also the lack of training in the corresponding period.”
Phoenix: Tom Porter, Gill, Dibb, Wincomb, Bird, Watkinson, Tony Porter, Maundrill; Lander, Roche,Kilby, Simon Kalafusz, Varey, Pell, Coomber. Subs: Richardson, Lloyd, Harris.
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