RUGBY: Long Buckby at Franklin’s Gardens

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Lewis Shield Final

Long Buckby 6 Bugbrooke 12

Buckby’s now familiar slow start eventually cost them the game in this fierce and fascinating contest at Franklin’s Gardens. Within the first minutes and without warning, the referee yellow carded Ian Tuckley for killing the ball near the Buckby line and Bugbrooke took full advantage a minute later by driving over for a try. At this stage, they looked much the sharper in all departments especially with ball in hand and at the breakdown, and it was no surprise when their speedy winger received an inside pass from a scrum on Buckby’s 22 to speed straight through the inside channel untouched for a try under the posts. At 12:0 the writing seemed to be on the wall for Buckby. However, from that moment onwards they began to respond better at the breakdowns, scrums and lineouts which created a penalty chance for Dan McNally which he kicked. The game was on.

After the break Buckby threw everything at Bugbrooke, but crucially still lost balls at some important breakdowns therefore giving Bugbrooke a life line which they somehow grimly hung onto. Buckby continued to exert tremendous pressure and from one quick ball Adrian Flynn’s break almost led to a score in the corner.

As the last quarter started Buckby fashioned a series of rucks and mauls and from one of these Timmy Dixon was driven over. Everyone knew it was a try except the man who matters. The referee said the ball was held up but Tim was spread all over it as the ruck unfolded. On such decisions a match is won or lost. Bugbrooke did manage to break out of their 22 a couple of times but Buckby forced them back to allow Dan McNally to drop a goal. Throughout the second half infringements abounded from Bugbrooke and after giving warnings at least seven times the referee belatedly gave a yellow card instead of just words; too little, too late. The final whistle went, much to the relief of Bugbrooke and great disappointment from Buckby.

Buckby can be very proud of their efforts in this game and will have learnt what to expect in the league above next season after games against ONs, Scouts and now Bugbrooke. Everyone at Buckby can’t wait for 2011/12 to begin but to get ready for this a good attendance is required at the AGM on Thursday 30th June at 7:30pm.