Retaining a piece of silverware came at a high cost for St Ives last Saturday.

St Ives captain Ollie Bartlett (right) receives the cup from Percy Walker. Picture: PAUL COXSt Ives captain Ollie Bartlett (right) receives the cup from Percy Walker. Picture: PAUL COX

The Bulls stepped up their preparations for the new Midlands Division Two East (South) season when lifting the Percy Walker Cup after beating Ely in a traditional summer fixture.

But the 38-7 victory against lower-level opposition was marred by the loss of influential Ollie Raine to two major injuries. He suffered a broken wrist and a fractured arm in a freak fall early in the second half.

That incident took the gloss off an encouraging outing for St Ives with Warwick Brittany touching down in their first attack.

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Two Alex Henly tries sandwiched an effort from player-coach John Naylor during a dominant first-half display with Max Dominy successfully converting on three occasions.

Brittany and Naylor followed the lead of Henly by adding their second scores after the break before a converted try provided a late consolation for Ely.

Naylor said: "We produced a lot of good things in both attack and defence, but there is also a need to tighten up in some areas. Overall, we're in a good place, though."

Ely did gain some revenge in the second-team clash with a 43-24 victory.

The St Ives tries were provided by Brandon McDonald, Bradley Robinson, Joe Cox and Freddie Clark with Cox also kicking two conversions.