Long Buckby overcame a battling Cannock side 26-10 to book their place in the final of the prestigious RFU Midlands Junior Vase.
Bucks ran in tries through Ed Sitch, Luke Foster, Jake Toseland and Ben Walton to seal their place in the final, but they don’t as yet know their opponents. The other semi-final between Rugby Lions and Cleethrorpes was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and the pair will try again on February 22.
Despite the wetness of the Station Road pitch and the windy conditions, there was some great rugby played.
Cannock got off to a good start and after 15 minsutes they led 3-0. However Buckby were quickly coming to terms with the oppositions plan to send their inside centre on the crash ball with Luke Foster, Nick Dixon and Sam Evans all putting in some tidy tackles.
On 20 minutes Buckby kicked a penalty to the corner.
From the line out won by Andrew Tarplee, Cannock came in at the side and Buckby called for the scrum only 10 metres out. When Cannock infringed, back row Toseland took a quick tap and went over for the try.
Another penalty meant another kick to the corner.
Cannock again tackled well in mid field but after a couple of phases scrum half Richard Ryan fed Foster who was well supported by Tim Dixon.He put the ball wide to Sitch who was in for Buckby’s second try and a 10-3 lead.
Just before half-time prop Tim Lewis made a great charge and fed Sam Evans who was held up inches short. However Buckby went through a series of phases, and when Toseland was also held up short this tied in enough Cannock defenders for Foster to crash through and score to make it 15-3.
Buckby were playing with the wind at their backs in the second half, and they scored a fourth try through Walton before Andrew Frankland banged over a penalty. Buckby were 23-3 ahead and coasting.
Cannock responded well though and went on to enjoy their best spell of the match, which resulted in a converted try to make the score 23-10.
The visitors kept pushing, but couldn’t manage another score and another Frankland penalty near the end sealed the win.
The final is scheduled to be played on March 15, with opponents and venue to be confirmed.
Team: Tim Lewis, Tim Dixon, Tom Haynes, Andrew Tarplee, Sam Evans, Ben Walton, Andrew Frankland, Jake Toseland, Richard Ryan, Ryan Clark, Luke Foster, Nick Dixon, James Hare, Ed Sitch, Jonny Nixon. Reps: Fred Saunders, John-Paul Walters, Ross McPhillips, Ollie Sitch, Govinder Kandola
Scorers: Tries: Ed Sitch, Luke Foster, Jake Toseland, Ben Walton. Pens: Andrew Frankland (2. Man of the match: Jake Toseland
DAVENTRY DEVELOPMENT XV
Daventry Development XV had a change of opposition on Saturday when Casuals dropped out, so instead they travelled to face Southam IIs.
Arriving early they found Southam short on players so three Daventry players, Ryan Compston, Harry Dudgeon and Kelsey Myton swapped shirts.
Although played in very wet and cold conditions, both teams really tried to run the ball and attacked at every opportunity.
The Southam centre bustled over the line for the first score which was converted and Daventry knew they were in for a tough game.
It was some time before Daventry got their first score which was supplied by the increasingly reliable Ollie Haynes who gathered a cross field kick to score out wide.
Although the conversion was missed the score encouraged the Daventry attack and Perry Davis fought off several defenders and one or two of his own players , for a deserved score. Luke Essex scored the conversion.
Before the break Southam defended their line stoutly before finally succumbing to a Jared Quinn try. The half time score was 17-7.
At the break Daventry swapped back their players and instead Russ Welch, Harry Heathcock, Ollie Haynes and Billy Markham all played for the opposition.
Straight away they made some strong attacks.
In the end Southam could not fashion a score and it was left to Jared Quinn to barge over for his second which was again converted by Essex for a final score of 24-7.
It was a great display of sportsmanship to make the game playable and very enjoyable for all. Man of the match was Ryan Compston who played very well for both teams.
This week Daventry play host to Bugbrooke.