Daventry Development faced a stern test against a strong Bugbrooke IIs side at Stefen Hill at the weekend, and slipped to a 30-0 defeat.
The scoreline suggests the All Blacks were outclassed, but the Daventry team can be pleased with their performance.
Although it was a very windy day, it did remain dry and after winning the toss Daventry elected to play against the elements.
Bugbrooke made full use of the wind, kicking to the corners and forcing the Development team to counter from almost their own try line on occasion.
Despite a lot of effort, particularly from the returning Ricky Shortland and Perry Davis, Daventry could not make headway and eventually conceded three almost identical tries in the corner when they were unable to stop the powerful Bugbrooke rolling maul.
All three scores went unconverted.
It was Daventry who then had control of the ball for long spells with no.8 Tom Haynes charging up field from a number of scrums and often supported by locks Quinn and Keating.
At one point a try was disallowed by an unsighted referee, and that was the closest Daventry came to scoring.
In the second half, and with the wind at their backs, Daventry tried to kick downfield but found they were unable to regain possession of the ball, and once again the opposition forwards steamrolled forwards.
Excellent defensive work by forwards Russ Welch, Anthony Brash and Jack Gwilliam kept Daventry within sight, but in the end Daventry succumbed to more of the same and the game finished 30-0.
This was an excellent experience for the young Development side who will travel to face Olney IIs in a league matchthis Saturday.
Man of the match, on his return from injury, was Reiss Keating”.
Daventry All Blacks first team are back in Midlands Three East (South) action on Saturday when they host Casuals.
LONG BUCKBY can take a massive step towards securing the Midlands East Four (South) title this Saturday with a win at rivals Bedford Swifts.
Buckby are top of the pile, and a huge 14 points ahead of second-placed Swifts, although the Bedford team do also have a game in hand.
So, a win for Buckby this weekend will surely see them open up an unassailable lead.