Scrappy encounter still reaps bonus point
By Buckingham Rugby
with tries from Wright, Payne, Nagy and Lee.
Buckingham hosted Wallingford on Saturday in the return leg of the 2017/18 league campaign. With Wallingford having won both home and away last season, and Buckingham having already won the away fixture 17-35 at the beginning of this season, the home side were keen to settle an old score.
Four tries and a bonus point later and the score was settled, however, it’s fair to say this was a scrappy encounter fraught with penalties and handling errors from both sides and despite Buckingham’s superior league position the Oxfordshire side never looked like being the underdogs.
The game started with Buckingham on the front foot when two minutes in a penalty offence by Wallingford was kicked deep into the in their home corner. Wallingford defended the line-out well however the ensuing scrum 10 m from the try line saw Buckingham number eight, Phil Wright, pick-and-go to score the opening try of the day. Conversion missed score 5-0.
The following 25 minutes saw Buckingham throw as much as they could at their visitors only for the offensive moves to be thwarted by some tight defence. Finally the persistency worked in Buckingham’s favour as Matt Payne barrelled his way over the whitewash. Kinman kicked the conversion to make it 12 points to Buckingham.
From the restart Buckingham proceed to give away a series of penalties which Wallingford kick for touch with the intention of making the most of their well-tuned line-outs. Eventually the visitors creep well within the home side 25m line and the applied pressure sees the big Wallingford Second Row go over the line for their first points of the day. A successful conversion taking the halftime score to Buckingham 12, Wallingford 7.
Buckingham’s indiscretions continue when ten minutes into the second-half an infringement by Jamie Lee sees that player sinbinned for ten minutes and the goal kicked to close the gap further to 12-10.
The visitors then appear to lose concentration when an errant kick results in a Buckingham scrum on the halfway line. Wright picks and powers forward for the defence to over commit leaving a massive gap for Max Nagy to sprint out of his own half the score in the corner. Conversion missed, score 17-10. Kinman soon increases that lead with a well struck penalty, now 20-10.
Kinman again helps Buckingham increase their lead with a clever down-field kick that is scooped up by Dan Rolfe who takes it to within 2m of the try line. A quick ruck and pop from Chalmers sees Jamie Lee dive over. A conversion from the touchline from Kinman stretches the score further to 27-10.
Full time Buckingham 27-Wallingford 10. Four tries for Buckingham give them another valuable bonus point in the league keeping them hot on the heels of league leaders, Beaconsfield, with just one point in it. Man of the Match - Ollie Toone.
Next week the 1st XV travel to Reading Abbey.