RUGBY: Seven-up Buckby hit try trail as they power past poor Queens

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Johnny Nixon and John Paul Watters both scored two tries as Long Buckby hammered a weakened Bedford Queens side 42-0 at Station Road.

In all, Buckby scored seven tries in this romp in Midlands East Three East South.

Bucks only led 15-0 at half-time, but powered away to secure a huge win after the break.

Buckby dominated the early phases and after five Watters went over to make it 5-0.

Playing into the wind, Bucks were being made to work hard, and it wasn’t until the 28th minutes that they made it 10-0 when Watters powered over for his second try.

Queens were trying to get back in the game, but spilt the ball in a good position which allowed Buckby to send a long kick upfield.

This was knocked on by the Queens receiver, and from the scrum No. 8 Ben Walton picked up and got over the gain line before interplay from Ed Sitch, Andy Oliver and Luke Foster set up Nixon for the try and a 15-0 lead.

The second half started really well for Bucks.

The Queens kick-off fell short of the 10m line but as others hesitated Sam Evans seized the ball and charged into the opposition half. He was well supported by Alex Tarplee and Tobias Gooney and eventually the ball found it’s way to Andrew Frankland who scored the home side’s bonus point try.

Jonny Palmer then added a penalty to make it 23-0, before Sam Evans went over for the team’s fifth try, with Palmer’s conversion making it 30-0.

Queens deserve great credit for never giving up and their No 5 opitimised this as time and again he drove at Buckby.

Likewise Buckby’s defence was also determined not to let their opponents score as players such as Chris Page, Fergus Murray and Luke Foster put in some telling tackles.

The clock was starting to run down but with 10 minutes remaining Tom Evans got Buckby’s sixth try and the conversion made it 37 v 0 .

Then, with the final play of the afternoon, Josh Burton turned over the Queens defence and the ball was swung out to Nixon who scored his second and Buckby’s seventh try to make it 42-0.

Match facts

Team: Tobias Gooney, John Paul Watters, Josh Buckby, Sam Evans, Andrew Tarplee, Chris Page, Andrew Frankland, Ben Walton, Nick Denman, Jonny Palmer, Luke Foster, Ed Sitch, Sam Goodall, Jonny Nixon. Andy Oliver Replacements: James Hare. Fergus Murray, Fred Saunders, Tom Evans

Scorers: Tries: Jonny Nixon (2), John Paul Watters (2) Andrew Frankland, Sam Evans, Tom Evans. Cons: Jonny Palmer (2). Pens: Jonny Palmer

MOM: Luke Foster