Bulls write an un­likely script to keep hopes alive

The Rugby Paper - - British Rugby - ■ By DAN JONES

BARGOED per­formed their own ver­sion of the Great Es­cape as they over­turned a 19-point deficit to tri­umph at The Gnoll.

Hav­ing been hit with an open­ing salvo of 19 points, with hooker Ifan Phillips cross­ing twice and Gavin Evans get­ting a third, Bargoed must have feared they were in for another hid­ing fol­low­ing their 52-7 de­feat at Llanelli just six days ear­lier.

But they re­fused to buckle and hit back to turn the game on its head and put them­selves in with an out­side chance of reach­ing the play-off places with three home games to come.

The fight­back was led by out­side-half Calum Jones, who ended up with two tries and 19 points to shade home full-back Ed How­ley, who scored 14. Wing David Evans kick-started the re­vival with a try on 28 min­utes and lock Josh Ja­cas also crossed at the end of the first half.

Two tries in quick suc­ces­sion from Jones and cen­tre Ash­ley Nor­ton then levelled the scores at 26-26 be­fore How­ley and Jones swapped penal­ties to make it 29-29. Jones then came up with the cru­cial score as he crossed for his sec­ond try five min­utes from time and Matthew Lewis added the con­ver­sion.

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