RUGBY: Long Buckby

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Beaten by Bugbrooke

First XV vs Bugbrooke (at home)

On Saturday, Long Buckby Firsts were at home to local rivals Bugbrooke. Long Buckby kicked off towards the clubhouse and got off to a good start by securing possession and setting up a driving maul which was to take them deep into enemy territory. Buckby held on too long, however, and lost their advantage by conceding a scrum.

At five minutes in, a Bugbrooke infringement gave Jonny Palmer the opportunity to kick Buckby three points ahead. Bugbrooke’s reply was to run a try into the corner to gain the lead at 3-5. More was to come when, after winning their lineout inside the Buckby 22, the visitors powered over the line, this time close enough to the posts to make the conversion routine. 3-12.

Buckby still looked very much in contention but then the floodgates suddenly opened, allowing Bugbrooke to hammer home no fewer than five further tries to bring the half time score to 3-39.

After the break, both teams come out on the attack with perhaps Buckby showing slightly more hunger and commitment. All to no good, though, because just a few minutes in, Bugbrooke once again peeled open the home team defences for yet another easy looking try.

Things came good for the home side towards the end of the third quarter when a ruck inside the Bugbrooke 22 produced Si Oakey at speed who, unable to quite make the line himself, presented good ball for Matthew Gibbs to gather and barge over.

Long Buckby won a consolation prize near the end when full back Johnny Nixon had the vision to take a quick tap penalty and then fling the ball out wide to where good hands, and an exceptionally slick pass by Adrian Flynn, gave Sam Thomas the space to run in unopposed. Final score 13-46.

Man-of-the-match: Craig Mason.

Colts vs Boys Brigade Old Boys (away)

A spirited, yet laboured, performance against a youthful but very strong opposition. Barnaby Houston scored for Buckby after 35 minutes but too many opportunities went un-taken so the game eventually went to BBOB 18-15.

Man-of-the-match: Fergus Murray.