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Rugby: Bad spell bites Bournemouth in Canterbury crushing
BOURNEMOUTH'S failure to resist a barrage of Canterbury pressure either side of the interval cost them dearly in their 36-6 National Two South reverse in Kent.
Dan Pollard's pair of penalties had handed Lions a slender advantage during the opening 10 minutes but it was one-way traffic after Martyn Beaumont had run in the hosts' opening try.
Including that effort, Canterbury racked up no fewer than 31 points in a 22-minute spell punctuated by the interval.
Beaumont added his second before Charlie Harding scored another within two minutes to put Bournemouth on the back foot.
Aiden Moss ensured a bonus point for Canterbury two minutes after the restart before Beaumont completed his hat-trick minutes later. Moss's second completed the scoring 10 minutes from time.
Director of rugby Budge Pountney admitted Lions' mistakes had offered them no opportunity to fight back but said he had been pleased with the overall display from a side which featured a smattering of second XV players.
Pountney told the Daily Echo: “We struggled with set-plays and down the outside. It was not a good day for us.
“There were a couple of 10-minute spells either side of half-time where we leaked most of our points and you just don't get away with that in this league.
“But managing to give different players game time was good. It was a big jump in terms of pace and quality but the boys played well for large spells.
“We still need to work on a few things which have become more apparent during our away games but we always felt the players would be stronger for this experience and nothing has changed that.”
Lions: Pollard, Westcott, McGowan, Chislett, Roberts (Ellis, 30), Metters (Veneroso, 70), Hardcastle, Burns (Firetto, 52), Wilford, Manning, Graesser, Fuller (Bovett, 52), Hart, Rees, Booth. Unused replacement: R Lynch.
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