MEN’S RUGBY: Leaders humbled as Buckby claim seventh straight win

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Long Buckby moved up to third in the Midlands Three East South table with an emphatic 37-10 win over leaders Rushden & Higham at Station Road.

Jonny Nixon scored two of Buckby’s seven tries, as they made it seven straight victories.

Rushden went into the game needing just a point for promotion, and they were in confident mood when they scored an early try.

But Bucks hit back and on 25 minutes they levelled at 5-5 through Tom Haynes.

Rushden suffered two yellow cards to be reduced to 13, and just before the break, Noxin scored his first try, which was converted by Jonny Palmer and made it 12-7.

The second half started well for Buckby as Luke Foster dotted down to see the home side go 17-7 ahead.

Rushden & Higham could sense the game slipping away and pressed hard, but Buckby were proving too strong and Sam Evans and Josh Burton combined to set up Ben Walton for a try to see them 22-5 ahead.

It was 27-5 after 55 minutes, with Andrew Tarplee stealing a line out. Luke Foster then made a half break and Palmer supported and passed to Jake Toseland who scored in the corner.

With 10 minutes to go Andy Oliver went to over the lobe to stretch Buckby’s lead to 32-5.

Rushden did briefly rally to score a try and make the score 32-10, but it was to be Buckby who had the final say.

With five minutes left they scored their seventh try through Nixon, who scored his second try of the day.

Rushden’s disappointment will have been tempered by the fact that, with other results going their way, they did still seal promotion.

On Saturday, Buckby travel to St Ives.

Buckby: Josh Burton, Tom Haynes, Tim Lewis, Andrew Tarplee, Sam Evans, Andrew Frankland, Fergus Murray, Ben Walton, Richard Ryan, Jonny Palmer, Ed Sitch, Jake Toseland, Luke Foster, Jonny Nixon, Andy Oliver. Replacements: Dave Wardle, Tobias Gooney, Doug Burroughs

Scorers: Tries - Andrew Frankland, Andy Oliver, Luke Foster, Ben Walton, Jake Toseland, Jonny Nixon (2). Con: Jonny Palmer

Daventry

Daventry battled their way to bonus point victory as they saw off St Ives 26-21 on Ladies Day at Stefen Hill on

The visitors started well and their strong running caused the home side problems throughout.

They were soon ahead scoring under the posts to take a 7-0 lead.

Daventry slowly began to edge their way back into the game and Jake Sanderson and Kev Moore looked dangerous in the back three however they were often starved of counter attacking opportunities as the away side kept the ball in the hand. Crucially Daventry got back into the game before the break.

Firstly Lee Cresswell was driven over from a powerful maul and then Danny Collett finished of a fine score after good link play between Russ Robinson and Adam Whitehead.

The Blacks went into the break 12-7 up and further increased their lead early in the second half when Robinson powered over following a huge scrum with Toby Johnson to the fore.

Daventry then switched off and began to slip off tackles which proved costly as St Ives scored two quickfire converted tries to give them a narrow lead.

Needing to up their physicality and intensity, the Blacks did that.

A patient and probing attack resulted in Luke Jones putting Jake Sanderson in and Bradley Wardell added the extras.

With a five point lead they held on for a narrow victory but know that there is much more to come in terms of performance.