Bristol Sonics blown away by Coventry Bears in second half
BRISTOL Sonics are still searching for their first points of the Conference League Three season after crashing to defeat in their latest outing against Coventry Bears.
The two sides contested a fairly even first half, in which the Sonics only trailed by six points at the interval, before Bears produced a devastating 12-minute display after the restart to touchdown four times – including a hat-trick for substitute Rhidian Booth – to helped the visitors claim a 42-12 victory.
Sonics led the game early on after winger Mike Norman and Luke Savage both touched down to build a 12-6 advantage, before the Bears finally found their rhythm in a scoreless second period for Karl Fearnley's side.
"It was one of those days," said a frustrated Fearnley afterwards. "In the first half, we were excellent and really should have converted more of our chances.
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"The tries they got in the first half were gifts, largely due to weak tackling. In the second half, we just couldn't compete – they hit us hard early on and we couldn't respond.
"The ease in which they broke us down is the most disappointing thing. It's something we'll be working hard on this week in training, ahead of our trip to Nottingham Outlaws on Saturday."
Bristol Sonics A, however, enjoyed better fortunes as a thrilling last-gasp 30-28 victory over Oxford Cavaliers lifted them to the top of the West of England League.
Winger Dan Stuart-Cummins was the star of the show with a try five minutes from time to win the game, to add to two earlier assists.
Dave Guest, Paul Vinicombe, Tristan Moore, Dean Brooker and Wijand Wormhoudt all also crossed over, while scrum-half James Bennett was in-form off the boot.
"I was really proud of the lads," said player/coach Arran Simm. "It was a hard game, but we hung in there and got a deserved win.
"I'd particularly like to praise Dan Stuart-Cummins. He was excellent. In the second half, he had a hand in three of our tries. Without his contribution, I don't think we would have won. I think he deserves a lot of credit."
The victory was tainted slightly following a bad injury to Stafford Lloyd, who had hoped to force his way into first-team contention this season. He now looks likely to miss the rest of the campaign.