RUGBY: Long Buckby Colts v Rugby St Andrews

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Opening win for Buckby

Long Buckby Colts 52 v 0 Rugby St Andrews Colts

With all the Olympic hype about getting kids involved in Sport, the first Saturday of the season is always a tense one not knowing if all the yeses will turn out and that those who haven’t been to preseason training will not be too rusty to play. The coaches should have had more faith as 16 colts turned up for the game against Rugby St Andrews and we lent three other players to the 1st team.

The game started well for Buckby with Mickey Kemp scoring the first try of the match within the first 2 minutes of the game after some very strong play from the kick off to drive the ball within 3 metres of the Saints’ line. Buckby had a big pack on display and soon took complete control of all scrums starving Saints of any platform in this area. The next over the line was Flanker Fergie. The forward dominance grew stronger and Buckby’s line out became as dominant as the scrum and starved Saints of line out ball as well. From a line out 40 metre out from Saints’ line Michael Van Milligen caught the ball and the pack drove up field for 20 metres before Flanker Joe Russell broke off the back and flew up the blind side to score under the posts. Near to the end of the first half centre Sam Goodall burst out of nowhere to run fifty metres to score under the posts.

After half time Saints couldn’t field a front row and the game went to uncontested scrums. Although this gave back a platform for the Saints to work from, the rustiness was starting to come out of the backs who took over the scoring as James Hare scored a hat trick and Captain Charlie Cooper Mcdermott scored as well. To Saints’ credit they never once gave up playing rugby and kept on until the end. Not all good news for Buckby though as they picked up two injuries.

There were a number of colts up for man of the match especially their ‘Hat Trick Winger’ but it had to go to one of the back row forwards who ran all day in the heat so it goes to Joe Russell for a peach of a try.

With a successful run in the East Midland League last year, this year Long Buckby Colts hope to do as well in the Warwickshire league and are keen to offer opportunities to old and new members to strengthen their squad which is made up of U19, U18 and U17 players. If you are keen to play colts rugby this season please come along to a training session on a Tuesday or Thursday at 7:00pm. If you’re new to the area you may be interested to know our base at Station Road is only 100 metres up from Long Buckby Station.