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RUGBY UNION: Bicester into third after five-try blitz
10:00am Thursday 30th January 2014 in Sport
Bicester staged a spectacular exhibition of clinical finishing as they stormed to a 46-8 victory at Phoenix on Saturday.
The result saw the visitors, move up to third in BB&O Premier Division ahead of this weekend’s visit of second-placed Hungerford.
A five-try second-half blitz was the key to their triumph.
Bicester went ahead on 13 minutes when scrum half Dickie Walsh’s pass sent Dan Spencer careering across the line to the right of the posts, Steve Miller converting.
Miller landed a 38-metre penalty after Phoenix’s No 8 Luke Maundrill was yellow-cared for infringing at a ruck.
Bicester made it 17-0 when flanker Matt Dye charged in under the posts for their second try after being set up by Spencer’s pass, Miller converting.
Phoenix reduced the deficit with a Nigel Coltman penalty as Bicester led 17-3 at the break.
But nine minutes into the second half, Bicester increased their lead.
A poor Phoenix clearance was snapped up by Bicester, and centre Chris Harle broke through two tackles to cross for another try, Miller adding the extra points for 24-3.
Miller brilliantly gathered a high ball before his pass allowed winger Matt Duncalf over on the right, which the former converted.
Phoenix pegged Bicester back when Simon Kalufsz went over for a converted try.
But Bicester again cranked up the pressure, with prop Dave Behan plunging over the line following a tap-penalty move after Duncalf’s charge was halted close to the line.
Five minutes from time, superb Bicester handling saw flanker Mike Harris increase the lead with an unconverted score.
Bicester wrapped it up when Miller released lock Jamie Stevens, who ploughed across in the corner for an unconverted try.
Meanwhile, Alchester's relegation fears increased as they were beaten 15-0 at home by High Wycombe in Southern Coun-ties North.