Battling Buckby book place in the Shield final

LONG Buckby booked their second appearance of the season at Franklin’s Gardens – thanks to the dominance in the set pieces and 17 points from the boot of Dan McNally.

Throughout the game, Buckby tore through the Scouts’ scrummages and took more than their share of the line-outs.

But a well-organised Scouts’ defence confined the home side to only two tries. Several times Buckby went close to scoring but costly turnovers at crucial points delayed the score until 25 minutes when captain, Matthew Gibbs, stretched over for a well-deserved try.

Scouts then came back with a penalty and a try in the corner when Buckby were sucked in and the ball spun out fast. The game then continued back and forth until, on the stroke of half-time, Phil Elliott dived over following another destructive scrum.

After the break, the game took on its familiar pattern but Buckby had to be content with two Dan McNally penalties.

Scouts had now raised their game a little and broke through the Buckby defence to score under the posts before McNally dropped a goal.

The visitors then scored a bizarre try when from the wreckage of their scrum their number eight stretched into his own front row, grabbed the ball and raced over to score even though the scrum had turned nearly 180 degrees.

But another McNally penalty calmed Buckby’s nerves and when the final whistle went their players enjoyed the moment and will conclude a very long season in the final against Bugbrooke on Thursday, May 19.

Man of the match was M White. Tries: M Gibbs, P Elliott. Conversions: D McNally. Penalties: D McNally (4). Drop goal: D McNally.