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Brackley 2nds
Long Buckby RFC
Full time
C Eales, A Valentine (2), B Walton, S Dudgeon
A Valentine (4)
A Valentine
Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - League

Bucks do battle for maximum points again!

The Bucks traveled to their second league match of the season, hoping to match the performance they put together against Heathens in round 1.

Supported by Ricky, fresh from his success at the Great North Run, the Bucks were keen to get going.

The teams were evenly matched in the first quarter of the game, with Alex Valentine slotting a penalty, however Bucks were growing in confidence as their scrummaging seemed to get stronger and stronger. Bucks were awarded a penalty just inside Brackley's half and Alex Valentine put a beautiful touch finder in to give Bucks a line-out 15 metres from Brackley's line. Bucks caught the ball cleanly and drove towards the line. Then, 5 meters from the line, the back row peeled off the maul to the blind side for Craig Eales to score the first try of the
game. Shortly after, saw Alex Valentine turn on the afterburners to score and convert the second try of the match.

At half time the Bucks were 15 - 0 up, but Brackley were a long way from being finished.

Brackley 2nds v Bucks
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Eight minutes into the second half Ben Walton, returning from a long lay off, came up with the first try of the second half, with 'metronome' Alex Valentine converting the try. No more than 4 minutes later Alex Valentine came up with his 2nd try, and the 4th of the match, after an explosive break by jake toseland led to him passing the ball to Alex Valentine to score and convert the try. The game started to get untidy and the Bucks saw themselves being walked backwards by the referee after silly infringements around the ruck area. However Brackley kicked the ball to the Bucks which was picked up by Jacob Draper, he ran the ball back and then followed a passage of play which ended up with Alex Valentine reversing a pass (thereby avoiding paying for a round of drinks for the team!) to Sam Dudgeon to score the 5th try of the Match, converted by Alex Valentine. The Referee still was penalizing Bucks and walking them backwards. Finally he lost his patience and showed captain Andrew Tarplee the yellow card for repeat transgressions whatever they were. Bucks by this stage though were in control and continued to put up a sterling defense for the last 5 minutes thus preventing Brackley from getting any points on the board.

Overall the game was rather staccato with patches of brilliance. There's more to do but this is a promising start to the season with more players returning from injury over the next few weeks. Great to see so much support at a 2nd's away game - the more in the mix the merrier!

Man of the Match: Ben Walton

Tries: Craig Eales, Alex Valentine`(2), Ben Walton, Sam Dudgeon
Conversions: Alex Valentine (4)
Penalty: Alex Valentine

Team: Tom Haynes, Tim Dixon, Oliver Sitch, Andrew Tarplee, Jamie Clarke, Scott Bayes, Craig Eales, Ben Walton, Sam Dudgeon, Alex Valentine, Jacob Draper, Thomas Westwood, jake toseland, Jack Collins, Nick Twigg, Josh Brown, Michael Kemp, Robin Ungemuth, Ross Chester

Ben Walton

Player of the Match

Ben Walton

Key moments

13:00
Penalty Alex Valentine kicks a penalty for Long Buckby RFC
27:00
Try Craig Eales scores for Long Buckby RFC
32:00
Try Alex Valentine scores for Long Buckby RFC
32:00
Conversion Alex Valentine kicks a conversion for Long Buckby RFC
48:00
Try Ben Walton scores for Long Buckby RFC
48:00
Conversion Alex Valentine kicks a conversion for Long Buckby RFC
52:00
Try Alex Valentine scores for Long Buckby RFC
52:00
Conversion Alex Valentine kicks a conversion for Long Buckby RFC
61:00
Try Sam Dudgeon scores for Long Buckby RFC
61:00
Conversion Alex Valentine kicks a conversion for Long Buckby RFC

Videos and photos

Brackley 2nds v Bucks
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Brackley 2nds v Bucks

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Walton is awarded player of the match for Long Buckby RFC
76:00 Sub On
Jack Collins is substituted on for Long Buckby RFC
76:00 Sub Off
Substitution off for Long Buckby RFC
75:00 Yellow Card
Andrew Tarplee is yellow carded for Long Buckby RFC
68:00 Sub On
Robin Ungemuth is substituted on for Long Buckby RFC
68:00 Sub Off
Thomas Westwood is substituted off for Long Buckby RFC
61:00 Conversion 0 - 36
Alex Valentine kicks a conversion for Long Buckby RFC
61:00 Try 0 - 34
Sam Dudgeon scores for Long Buckby RFC
52:00 Try 0 - 27
Alex Valentine scores for Long Buckby RFC
52:00 Conversion 0 - 29
Alex Valentine kicks a conversion for Long Buckby RFC
51:00 Sub On
Sam Dudgeon is substituted on for Long Buckby RFC
51:00 Sub Off
Jack Collins is substituted off for Long Buckby RFC
48:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Alex Valentine kicks a conversion for Long Buckby RFC
48:00 Try 0 - 20
Ben Walton scores for Long Buckby RFC
45:00 Sub Off
Substitution off for Long Buckby RFC
45:00 Sub On
Ben Walton is substituted on for Long Buckby RFC
40:00 Sub On
Jacob Draper is substituted on for Long Buckby RFC
40:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Long Buckby RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Sam Dudgeon is substituted off for Long Buckby RFC
40:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Long Buckby RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Ben Walton is substituted off for Long Buckby RFC
40:00 Sub Off
Nick Twigg is substituted off for Long Buckby RFC
End of period 1
32:00 Try 0 - 13
Alex Valentine scores for Long Buckby RFC
32:00 Conversion 0 - 15
Alex Valentine kicks a conversion for Long Buckby RFC
30:00 Sub Off
Substitution off for Long Buckby RFC
30:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Long Buckby RFC
27:00 Try 0 - 8
Craig Eales scores for Long Buckby RFC
20:00 Sub Off
Jacob Draper is substituted off for Long Buckby RFC
20:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Long Buckby RFC
13:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Alex Valentine kicks a penalty for Long Buckby RFC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Brackley 2nds
  • Long Buckby RFC
  • 0
  • Alex Valentine Penalty 13:00'
  • Jacob Draper Sub Off 20:00'
  • Sub On 20:00'
  • Craig Eales Try 27:00'
  • Sub Off 30:00'
  • Sub On 30:00'
  • Alex Valentine Try 32:00'
  • Alex Valentine Conversion 32:00'
  • Nick Twigg Sub Off 40:00'
  • Jacob Draper Sub On 40:00'
  • Ben Walton Sub Off 40:00'
  • Sub On 40:00'
  • Sam Dudgeon Sub Off 40:00'
  • Sub On 40:00'
  • Sub Off 45:00'
  • Ben Walton Sub On 45:00'
  • Ben Walton Try 48:00'
  • Alex Valentine Conversion 48:00'
  • Jack Collins Sub Off 51:00'
  • Sam Dudgeon Sub On 51:00'
  • Alex Valentine Try 52:00'
  • Alex Valentine Conversion 52:00'
  • Sam Dudgeon Try 61:00'
  • Alex Valentine Conversion 61:00'
  • Thomas Westwood Sub Off 68:00'
  • Robin Ungemuth Sub On 68:00'
  • Andrew Tarplee Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jack Collins Sub On 76:00'

Team selection

Twigg, Nick Twigg, Nick
Collins, Jack Collins, Jack
toseland, jake toseland, jake
Westwood, Thomas Westwood, Thomas
Draper, Jacob Draper, Jacob
Valentine, Alex Valentine, Alex
Dudgeon, Sam Dudgeon, Sam
Walton, Ben Walton, Ben
Eales, Craig Eales, Craig
Bayes, Scott Bayes, Scott
Tarplee, Andrew Tarplee, Andrew
Sitch, Oliver Sitch, Oliver
Dixon, Tim Dixon, Tim
Haynes, Tom Haynes, Tom

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