Buckingham 62 - 0 Bugbrooke
Final game of regular season brings comfortable win.
It was unfortunate for Bugbrooke to only be able to field 13 players for this U15 fixture played on the Main Pitch at Buckingham. They came across a Buckingham side brimming with confidence.
After barely one minute of play, Buckingham opened the scoring when centre Charlie Gulliver outpaced the defence on the outside to score in the corner. The difficult conversion sailed between the posts by Dan Soanes to give Buckingham an early 7-0 lead. Soon after, fast tidy ruck ball was won by the pack in the centre of the field and spun out wide by James Grierson to Ed Hussey for Gulliver again to score his second try in the left hand corner. Soanes unlucky this time with the conversion. A tidy line out by Bugbrooke allowed their backs to make a rare foray into the Buckingham half, only to see Soanes intercept a pass and sprint away to score a try and add the conversion points as well.
Buckingham were now 19- 0 up and looking strong against a team who never gave up despite the clear disadvantage of being two players down. Chance after chance came Buckinghams’ way. Jack Moors unfortunately dropped the ball when crossing the try line, Soanes was held up just short, and Max Steele collected a long line out throw over the top but sadly knocked on with the line begging.
With minutes of the first half remaining, a fine passing movement involving forwards and backs resulted in Jonny Hayter passing to Toby Owen who cut inside to score under the posts, giving Soanes an easy conversion to see Buckingham lead 26-0 at the break.
The second half started very much the same as the first with Gulliver scoring after good work by Hamish Maclellan, Roshan Rai and Billy Davis. This gave the side a 31-0 lead.
Paul Booth was next on the score sheet when latching onto the end of a fine passing movement involving Sean Stutchbury, Sam Pierce, Fraser Singleton and Christopher Hann to score. Buckingham now 38-0 up after the conversion by Soanes
An excellent dummy by Pierce was bought by the whole Bugbrooke defence allowing him to gallop away to score under the posts for a simple conversion.
Soanes scored his second try of the afternoon soon after but was unsuccessful with the conversion. This was closely followed by a second try for Booth to give Buckingham a convincing 55-0 lead.
The last score of the game came on the stroke of full time when Gulliver chipped ahead and gathered his own kick to race away and score near the posts giving Soanes an easy conversion to end the game 62-0 to Buckingham.
Although the score suggests an easy one sided affair, credit must go to Bugbrooke who never gave up and even opted to play out the whole 80 minutes despite being 50 points down midway through the second half.
Finally man of the match was awarded to Sam Pierce. Not only did he deceive the whole of the opposition to score through his outstanding dummy, but playing out of position he put in yet another excellent all round performance.
Finally, finally, many thanks to George and Rebecca for producing the report.