JT returns to the fold
But fortunes fail the favourites
Windsor 17- Buckingham7
Played at Windsor this was the proverbial game of two halves ,played in constant rain, conditions that Buckingham have overcome well in the past month but proved too much for once.
The first half opened with the home side dominating possession and from a lost scrum Windsor kicked to the 22 but from the resulting lineout Max Nagy cleared the danger with a fine kick .Windsor continued to attack and seemed to cope better with the adverse conditions. After some fine handling and poor Buckingham tackling Windsor scored the opening try near the right touchline to go 5-0 up after 15 minutes.
The next 15 minutes were marked by Windsor dominance resulting in two further tries to put the home side 17-0 ahead. Max Nagy, on whose shoulders much of the season’s success has rested ,found the wet conditions difficult to adjust to and his half back partner ,Joe Chalmers, fought valiantly to take some pressure off his three quarters.
At this stage ,with ten minutes of the first half to go ,Buckingham forwards began to assert themselves and collectively orchestrated a series of rucks and mauls on the Windsor line . In past games this has been a productive area for Buckingham but,alas, not today,
The second half continued with steady pressure by the visitors on the Windsor line with Harry Scarr continuing his fist half lineout dominance, ably supported by the whole pack, including the recently returned skipper, Jamie Temple. This forward effort was contained well by Windsor until ,10 minutes from time, the domination paid dividends when Harry Scarr was driven over by his forwards for a try converted by Nagy-7-17- giving Buckingham hopes for an unlikely win but it was not to be.
Despite continuous pressure Windsor comfortably held out and the game ended in a deserved win 17-7 for the home side.