MEN’S RUGBY: Daventry deliver as Men’s Own are beaten

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Daventry Development XV bounced back from the previous week’s disappointing result in great style as they beat Men’s Own IIs 32-0 at Stefen Hill.

With a strong wind across the pitch neither side gained much advantage, so there was a lot of ball kept in hand and in play for long periods of the first half.

Both packs seemed fairly well matched, but Daventry did have an advantage at the lineout with promising young talent Trev Hewitt soaring through the air and taking a lot of opposition ball as well.

By half time the only score was from Daventry scrum-half Mark Williams making his home debut.

After the break something clicked with the Daventry forwards and led by the front row of Russ Welsh, Shaun Dobbs and Anthony Brash they started to dominate their opposite numbers and provided some quality possession for the back line. Dan McCallion marked his first game as a winger with a try which was soon followed by another from Williams and then second row Reiss Keating finished a flowing counter attack up the right flank.

The best two scores were saved until almost the end of the game where in both it seemed all 15 had a hand in tries scored by youngsters Dave Brown and Jamie Collins to make it 32-0.

Will Robb scored one conversion, with the man of the match being Anthony Brash.

Daventry’s first team were in Midlands Three East (South) action, but were beaten 24-12 at St Ives.

The All Blacks are without a game this weekend.

LONG BUCKBY

Long Buckby claimed a win without kicking a ball in anger at the weekend.

Their scheduled date with Westwood was cancelled, as Westwood couldn’t raise a team.

A statement on Buckby’s website read: “Sadly Westwood, who were to be the opposition at today’s special luncheon and match for our club’s Vice Presidents, informed us on Thursday they cannot put up a team to travel.

“It’s always sad to see a club struggle and we surely wish them better for the new year.”

Being handed the win means Buckby will go into 2014 as leaders of Midlands Four East (South).

They are currently seven points clear of second-placed Olney - who they are scheduled to play on December 28 - and 10 clear of third-placed Bedford Swifts.

Buckby now turn their attentions to reaching the semi-final of the Midlands Junior Vase competition.

The Bucks will travel to Harbury for their quarter-final on Saturday.

“This is a fixture to relish and look forward to with both teams currently leading their representative leagues,” read a statement on the club website.