All Blacks battle to victory

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A TIGHTLY-CONTESTED league fixture saw Daventry emerged winners by 37-25.

Long Buckby took an early lead with a well-struck penalty after initial Daventry pressure.

Within 10 minutes, Daventry with a strong driving maul, took the game to the Long Buckby try line, releasing the ball for scrum-half Gareth Dudgeon to score an unconverted try.

From the restart Long Buckby maintained long periods of attacking pressure on the Daventry defence with their right wing making several surging runs.

Daventry soaked this up and winger Luke Jones then increased the All Blacks’ lead with a well-taken try which with a penalty kick took the Daventry lead to 13-5.

Long Buckby countered and narrowed the score line with a well-taken converted try on the stroke of half-time.

The second-half began with a surge from Daventry resulting in a try after only three minutes’ play.

Excellent loose play by Daventry open side forward Jason Mills inspired the Daventry pack who gradually gained dominance in both the set pieces and second phase play.

Despite this Long Buckby always looked dangerous and the game was played end-to-end with only a narrow difference in the score line between the two teams.

Eventually in the last quarter of the game, Daventry took a commanding lead from Luke Jones giving him a hat-trick, two tries from the impressive Jason Mills and one from number eight, James Heath.

Long Buckby replied with two converted tries.

For Daventry, man of the match was Jason Mills who, with a team effort, helped ensure Daventry’s first league win of the season.

Next week Daventry are away to Edwardians in Birmingham in the RFU Junior Vase.