Long Buckby warmed up for Saturday’s RFU Junior Vase final with a thumping 68-0 win at Corby in Midlands Four East (South).
The victory means Buckby are 17 points clear of second-placed Oundle - who have a game in hand - and one more league win should secure the title for Duncan Frankland’s men.
Buckby now turn their attention to Saturday’s final date with Rugby Lions, which is being played at Station Road (ko 2.45pm).
At Corby, Buckby scored their first try after five minutes through Luke Foster, with Ryan Clark converting.
After 12 minutes it was 14-0, Clark converting again after Nathan Maddox scored in the corner.
On 18 minutes a Corby clearance kick fell into Gov Kolanda’s hands and he ran it back. He was hauled down by his opposite number but from the ruck the ball went through the hands for Ed Sitch to score in the right hand corner. Clark landed a great kick to make it 21-0.
Just before the break, and after Buckby had been forced to withstand some Corby pressure, Richard Ryan scored their fourth try, again converted by Clark,and unbelievably, Ryan scored a second try before the break.
He went in under the posts giving Clark a simple conversion and it was game over with Bucks 35-0 ahead at half-time.
It took Buckby 12 second-half minutes to increase their lead through a Maddox try, but then eight minutes later Foster scored his second and after 65 minutes Maddox completed his hat-trick to make it 54-0.
Corby pressed hard for a score of their own, but couldn’t manage it, and they were punished again when James Hare scored his first try of the afternoon.
The 10th try soon followed, with Maddox teeing up Hare for his second try, and Clark landed his ninth conversion of the afternoon to wrap things up at 68-0.
Team: Tim Lewis, Tom Haynes, John Paul Walters, Ross McPhillips, Fred Saunders, Ben Walton, Jake Toseland, Andrew Frankland, Richard Ryan, Ryan Clark, Nathan Maddox, Luke Foster, James Hare, Ed Sitch, Gov Kandola. Replacements: Doug Burroughs, Rob Huff, Oliver Sitch, Tim Dixon, Sam Evans.
Scorers: Tries - Maddox(3), Foster(2), Ryan(2), Hare(2), Sitch. Conversions - Clark(9).
Man of the match: Luke Foster
DAVENTRY All Blacks were made to work hard for their 14-12 Midlands Threee East (South) clash with Queens at Stefen Hill.
The victory ensures Daventry stay fifth in the table, with Queens now eight points behind them in sixth.
Daventry are without a league fixture this weekend.
The Daventry Development team were without a fixture last weekend.