MEN’S RUGBY: Buckby made to work hard for Vase victory

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Long Buckby were made to work for their 27-12 Junior Vase win over Harborne.

For the first 10 minutes all Buckby could do was defend and soak up the Harborne pressure - but they did it well.

Bucks then took an undeserved lead on 10 minutes when scrum-half Doug Burroughs scored a try to make it 5-0.

Harborne hit back immediately though, and a converted try saw them edge 7-5 ahead.

On the stroke of half time, Buckby came back again. Jake Toseland was unlucky to be adjudged held up over the line, but from the 5m scrum Andrew Fankland broke from the base and popped the ball off to Tom Haynes who went over. The conversion from Ryan Clarke made the half time score 12-7 to Buckby.

The second half was end-to-end stuff, but both defences held firm until 65 minutes in when the attacking pressure told on the Harborne defence and their prop was sent to the sin bin.

This was a big loss to them, and from the line out that followed the penalty Buckby won the ball and drove over for second row Andrew Tarplee to score. Andrew Frankland took over the kicking duties to stretch Buckby’s lead to 19-7.

With eight minutes remaining Nick Dixon pounced on an opposition knock on to make it 24-7, and Toseland drop goal then sealed the game.

Harborne didn’t give up though, and on the stroke of full time struck back to score in the corner and make the final score 27-12.

Buckby team: Tom Haynes, Tim Dixon, Tim Lewis, Andrew Tarplee, Sam Evans, Fred Saunders, Ben Walton, Andrew Frankland, Doug Burroughs, Ryan Clarke, Nick Dixon, Jake Toseland, James Hare, Luke Foster, Jonny Nixon. Replacements: Tom Illingworth, Ed Sitch

Man of the match: Tom Haynes

Scorers: Tries: Doug Burroughs, Tom Haynes, Andrew Tarplee, Nick Dixon. Cons: Ryan Clarke, Andrew Frankland. Drop goals: Jake Toseland

This weekend Buckby return to Midlands Four East (South) action when they travel to second-from-bottom Bourne.

Buckby are second in the table, following their first league defeat of the season a fortnight ago.

Daventry were without a game last weekend, but will be hoping to maintain their upturn in form in the Midlands Three East (South) this weekend when they entertain Mens Own at Stefen Hill.

The All Blacks have won four of their past five games to move up to fifth, 11 points off the top.