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This afternoon the Ayrshire Bulls fell to a 34-23 defeat on the road to Sprint Series Champions Watsonians. It was a game that was well within the Bulls grasp – with a 3-13 lead at the break illustrating the control Pat MacArthur’s men had. The hosts came out an entirely different side after the interval, and a flurry of scores in quick succession put them out of reach.

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The Ayrshire Bulls drew first blood after a handful of minutes. The visitors worked well into the 22 before ill-discipline from the hosts gifted Eli Caven an easy three points from the tee.


Watsonians worked their way back into the game, but after 20 minutes their over-eagerness gifted the Bulls a first score. From deep in their 22, Bobby Beattie shot out of the line and intercepted a Watsonians pass to scorch home unchallenged. Will Hunt’s conversion made it 0-10.


Both sides exchanged penalties to close out the half 3-13 to the Bulls.


Half-time: Watsonians 3-13 Ayrshire Bulls


Despite an early penalty after the break the bulls were swarmed to start the second half. An energetic Watsonians fired out of the traps and tallied up 17 points within the first ten minutes, putting them ahead for the first time.


More frustration followed on the hour mark when Blair Macpherson was marched to the bin and Jason Baggott strolled over to extend their lead.


The final score of the game fell in favour of the Bulls, with Macpherson marking his return to the field with a trademark carry through contact and to the line. Debutant Richie Simpson added the extras but it wasn’t enough to salvage any points.


Full-time: Watsonians 34-23 Ayrshire Bulls


Next week the Bulls will return home when they host Boroughmuir Bears at Millbrae. The action gets underway at 14.00.