RUGBY: Second-half powerplay sees Buckby send Own packing

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A storming second-half performance saw Long Buckby overpower Mens Own and claim a 49-7 Midlands Three East South victory

With the score just 12-7 in Buckby’s favour at the interval, it looked like the Station Road men were in for a tough battle to claim the win.

But a try 10 minutes into the second half set the tone, and Bucks went on to cruise home.

Buckby got the match off to a flying start when Luke Foster fed Tom Evans who went in for the opening try after just five minutes.

But the next half hour saw Buckby sucked into a forward game which, despite the efforts of the likes of Josh Burton, Andrew Tarplee and Tom Haynes was never going to be the route to success.

That said, it was Buckby who struck again, this time through Foster, and with Jonny Palmer adding the conversion it was 12-0.

Own hit back straight away with a converted try of their own, and at the halfway point it was 12-7 and game on.

The first five minutes of the second half saw Own switch their forward game to a running game, and they pressed hard, but couldn’t score.

On 50 minutes, Fergus Murray popped up with the ball after a lineout and darted 20 metres for a try that took Bucks into a 17-7 lead.

Three minutes later a Palmer penalty increased the gap to 13 points, and five minutes later a great box kick by scrum half Richard Ryan forced Own to concede a line out on their own 22. The ball was won by Andew Tarplee and Bucks finally saw the benefit of spreading the ball wide as winger Ed Sitch went over in the corner to make it 25-7.

Buckby were now firmly in the ascendancy and spent the remainder of the game in Own territory.

Replacements Sam Evans and John Paul Watters were excerting their influence. Doug Burroughs picked the ball up 40 metres out and fed Jake Toseland.

He delayed his pass long enough to suck in the defenders before passing to Foster who in turn off loaded to Sitch to finish in the corner.

Five minutes later, with Own struggling to clear, full back Andy Oliver ran in his first try. and three minutes later Palmer picked the ball up off his toes to feed prop forward Tim Lewis who burst through two tackles before passing to Andrew Frankland who rumbled over. Palmer added two points to stretch the lead to 42-7.

The final say went to Andy Oliver, who dotted down to make the final score 49-7.

The win lifts Buckby up to seventh in the league table, and they are now just one place and two points behind local rivals Daventry.

Buckby: Josn Burton, Tom Haynes, Tim Lewis, Dave Wardle, Andrew Tarplee, Doug Burroughs, Fergus Murray, Ben Walton, Richard Ryan, Jonny Palmer, jake toseland, Luke Foster, Andy Oliver. Replacements: Sam Evans, Andrew Frankland, John Paul Watters.

Scorers: Tries - Tom Evans (2), Andy Oliver (2), Luke Foster, Fergus Murray, Ed Sitch, Andrew Frankland. Cons - Jonny Palmer (3). Pens - Jonny Palmer. Man of the Match - Tim Lewis

DAVENTRY were involved in another tight encounter in Midlands Three East South, but this time they ended up on the losing side.

Having squeezed past Mens Own 10-7 the previous Saturday, the All Blacks were this time pipped 11-10 at home in their match with Olney.

The defeat ended a run of six straight wins stretching back to early December for the Stefen Hill side.