All Blacks win derby showdown

The battle to win possession for the All Blacks and Long Buckby
The battle to win possession for the All Blacks and Long Buckby

DAVENTRY started the game well with Bradley Wardell making early inroads into the Buckby midfield. Wardell slotted an early penalty to put the Blacks 3-0 up.

Long Buckby then slowly begun to show why they have occupied a place in the top two for the majority of the season. Their offloading game began to click into place and they were rewarded with two well-taken tries which were both converted to take them into a 14-3 lead.

The Blacks then slowly crept back into the game. Adam Whitehead looked a threat and Jake Sanderson began to run the ball back at Buckby. Sanderson created Daventry’s best opportunity putting winger Nick Berry into space down the left.

Berry stormed his way through three tackles before a fine cover tackle put him into touch just 10 metres out.

The Blacks were also gaining the edge at the breakdown, with sub Hin Dip making a massive impact as was Daventry being willing to throw numbers in at the ruck to create quick ball.

Daventry got their just reward on the stroke of half-time when a turnover created space for fly-half Whitehead who stepped his way through the defence before touching down under the posts. Wardell added the extras to take the score to 14-10.

The Blacks made a storming start to the second-half when Luke Jones picked up a loose ball 20 metres out and blasted his way through three tackles for a fine solo try.

This gave the home side a precious one point lead but it was soon relinquished as Buckby won a penalty from the kick off and converted it to take the score to 17-15.

A solid foundation upfront allowed half backs Gareth Dudgeon and Whitehead to control territory and with Buckby’s discpline at the breakdown letting them down the home side were starting to boss the game. Their pressure was rewarded when Wardell added a simple penalty to put the Blacks 18-17 up.

The intensity and discipline of Daventry’s defence was superb with Lokken Wong and Danny Collett both securing vital turn overs. This meant the Blacks were able to dominate the last 10 minutes and were rarely threatened.

This was a deserved victory for the Blacks especially when taking into account they have played three games in seven days. It would be unfair to single out names as it was was a squad effort with all three subs making huge impacts in the second-half.

Next Daventry are at home to Northampton Casuals.