A FLURRY of tries either side of the interval gave Bournemouth an impossible task as Budge Pountney’s strugglers suffered a 41-21 defeat at Cambridge.

Will Allard’s 16th-minute opener handed the hosts a slender lead but Lions had a mountain to climb when Paul Diggin and James Wigglesworth both crossed the line within five minutes of the half-time whistle.

James Ayrton then secured Cambridge a bonus point within eight minutes of the restart.

Ben Brownlie’s converted effort made it 29-0 after 54 minutes but Alex Sutherland’s converted effort finally got the Chapel Gate outfit on the scoresheet. However, that was quickly followed by Brownlie’s second.

With 10 minutes to play, Thomas Vaughan-Edwards got Bourne- mouth’s second try before Ayrton and Sutherland exchanged efforts to complete their respective braces.

Yesterday's defeat leaves second-bottom Lions 15 points adrift of National Two South safety with five matches to play.