Buckingham a class above Gosford
By Buckingham Rugby
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High flying Buckingham travelled to lowly Gosford All Blacks and achieved a result commensurate with their respective league positions on a blustery November afternoon. In fairness to Gosford however, it must be said that the final scoreline was not a reflection of the typical statistics of possession and territory, but of temporary lapses in concentration by Gosford coupled with shorts bursts of fine support play and individual brilliance by Buckingham , none more so than from Buckingham outside centre Max Nagy whose electric pace and skills proved too much for Gosford to handle. He will have made his sponsors Pip and Sally Hodges proud.
Gosford kicked off with the wind behind them and almost immediately were awarded a penalty which their fly half tried to kick right into the corner ,only being thwarted by an acrobatic save by the Buckingham winger Callum Gillie who kept the ball in play and allowed Buckingham to gather and clear their line. From the first piece of real possession for Buckingham , Nagy made a textbook outside break and scorched 40 metres before setting up the ball in the Gosford 22 where from the ensuing ruck Buckingham were awarded a penalty. This was easily converted by Fly Half Ed Kinman whose powerful boot enabled him to manage the game well and keep the score board ticking along. Gosford 0 – Buckingham 3 after 4 mins.
Gosford responded with some hard straight running at the Buckingham midfield where they were met with resolute defence with Vice Captain Jamie Lee putting in some telling hits. Gosford then tried to spin the ball wide and managed to enter the Buckingham 22, only to be see Buckingham winger Craig Coxon pick off the last pass and race clear to score between the Gosford posts.Try converted by Kinman.Score Gosford 0 – Buckingham 10 after ten mins.
Gosford once more responded with their forwards trying to take control , but unable to do so due to some spirited defence and counters by Buckingham. A rib rearranging hit by Prop Craig Dunbarton standing out together with runs by No.8 Phil Wright from the base of the scrum including one 45 metre dash which would have led to a score if the pass could have been held. Buckingham were able to exert their own pressure and after 25 mins were awarded a penalty after infringement at a ruck following another secure lineout ball and darting run by scrum half Joe Chalmers. Kinman duly converted .Score Gosford 0 – Buckingham 13 .
The final score of the first half came when Nagy burst out of his own 22, handed off one Gosford defender , raced away, and with another approaching, kicked the ball and set off in hot pursuit, only to be poleaxed off the ball by the Gosford number 13 whom he had tormented all game and who cynically had decided this may be the only way to stop Nagy and end his own nightmare. Penalty where the ball landed in the Gosford 22 . Converted by Kinman. Gosford 13 having seen red, lucky to not have seen a card of the same colour , shown yellow. Score at half time Gosford 0- Buckingham 16.
Buckingham with the wind behind them contested the teasing Kinman kick off and forced a Gosford knock on, to be awarded a scrum. Whilst unable to capitalise on the error and with Gosford able to work their way out of their own half it was not long before Buckingham returned and following a lineout the ball was passed out to Lee who jinked his way past his opposite number and then set up a ruck where Gosford transgressed once more, allowing Kinman to step up to make the score Gosford 0 – Buckingham 19 after ten mins.
Buckingham’s next score came shortly after when Prop Mat Payne ran a great line off a midfield ruck outside of the Gosford 22 to get to within five yards of the line . Fine support from second row Jim Barker saw him force his way over.Try unconverted to make the score Gosford 0- Buckingham 24 . after 14 mins.
Gosford rallied from the restart as a result of Buckingham blocking and were awarded a penalty. With three points being of little use at this stage they opted to keep the pressure on and eventually achieved a deserved converted score under the posts.Score Gosford 7 – Buckingham 24.
Buckingham were offended to lose their clean sheet and upped the gears to rule the last minutes of the game. Good work from winger Joel Coxon which resulted in a chip through to within 5 metres of the line allowed Buckingham time in the Gosford half and from a scrum the ball was fed out to Nagy who again tormented the Gosford outside centre and winger to slip through the gap between them and lay up the pass for the other Coxon winger to cross the line and run round between the posts .Kinman converted. Score Gosford 7 – Buckingham 31.
Captain Jamie Temple was next to score when he bulldozed over adorned with two despairing defenders following a good break by Wright from a scrum and inside link with Chalmers. Try unconverted.Score Gosford 7 - Buckingham 36.
33mins gone and following an interception Nagy sprinted up the left wing fed the ball to Coxon who got to within 10 metres of the line before forcing an off load to Lee in support, who slipped it away to the other brother Coxon to cross the line and run behind the posts . Converted by Kinman. Score Gosford 7 – Buckingham 43.
With the game having broken up it was not long before good work by Toby Smith who had come on with the required impact, and a telling run and pass by Lee saw that man Nagy this time score beneath the posts.Kinman converted to make it Gosford 7 – Buckingham 50. The final nail was delivered by Lee to power over and make the final score Gosford 7 – Buckingham 55.
Man of the Match ,( and perhaps a rack of Lamb!!) Max Nagy.