MEN’S RUGBY: Ton-up Buckby return to the top of the league

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Jonny Nixon, Ed Sitch and Ben Walton all scored hat-tricks as Long Buckby demolished Corby in Midlands Four East (South).

Buckby returned to the top of the table as they dismantled the east Northants sice 114-7, scoring an incredible 17 tries in the process.

Nixon and Sitch got Buckby moving with early tries, and although Corby battled hard, they had no answer.

It was 57-0 by half-time, with Sitch completing his hat-trick, and Andrew Tarplee scoring twice.

There were also tries for Doug Burroughs and Walton, while Ryan Clark was on fron with the boot as he kicked seven conversions and a penalty .

It was more of the same in the second half once Simon Dixon had dotted down.

Walton and Nixon completed their hat-tricks, Hare scored a second, and there were also scores for Nathan Maddox, James Hare and Luke Foster.

Clark added six more conversions to end up with a 29-point haul.

For Buckby it was great to see younger players like Fergus Murray and Dave Wardle making a positive impact.

Buckby’s afternoon was completed by Oundle’s thrashing of league leaders Bedford Swifts.

This Saturday Buckby are on the road as they travel to mid-table Kempston.

Buckby team v Corby: Tim Lewis, Tim Dixon, Tom Haynes, Andrew Tarplee, Sam Evans, Jake Toseland, Ben Walton, Andrew Frankland, Doug Burroughs, Ryan Clark, Simon Dixon, Nick Dixon, Ed Sitch, Luke Foster, Jonny Nixon. Reps: Dave Wardle, Fergus Murray, Ollie Sitch, James Hare.

MOM: Nick Dixon

Scorers: Tries: Jonny Nixon (3) Ed Sitch (3) Ben Walton (3) Andrew Tarplee (2) James Hare (2) Doug Burroughs, Simon Dixon, Nathan Maddox, Luke Foster. Conversions: Ryan Clark (13). Penalty: Ryan Clark

DAVENTRY All Blacks suffered only their second defeat in the past seven matches in Midlands Three East (South) as they went down 27-21 to Bedford Queens.

This Saturday the fifth-placed All Blacks take on the team just one place below them in the league table when they entertain Rugby St Andrews at Stefen Hill (ko 2.15pm).