Bucks 11 Heughers 22

By Chris Harrison - November 4 2008
Bucks 11 Heughers 22
Armstrong - try West Bucks entertained Rovers Heughers at a windy Brinkburn. Heavy overnight rain had abated but the ground conditions were heavy. West kicked off with the wind at their backs and the game was end to end for much of the first half.

Some tremendous play by the backs resulted in Rovers conceding a penalty and Full Back Luke Mallinson slotted the 3 points after 9 minutes.
Rovers got themselves much more in to the game and when home prop Pete Considine got himself sin binned they were able to camp in the West 22.
On 28 minutes they were to score the first try when some tremendous defence by the home team could not be maintained and the visitors crossed close to the posts (3 5).
Back to full strength West pressed again and just on half time Mallinson converted his 2nd penalty (6 5).

Disappointingly Rovers were able to score just after half time and then 2 more tries followed (1 of which was converted) as the half wore on. The home pack allowed the visitors to get on top and mistakes in the home backs let the Heughers gain field position which they did not waste. They generally kept the ball close to their large pack to ensure control of it and the home defence could not keep them out as they defended on their goal line.
West were however to finish the stronger and the last few minutes was all theirs. It was Rovers turn to have a man sin binned and this was to allow a tremendous score from Tom Armstrong after good work by Simon Cavey amongst others.
Final Score: Bucks 11 Heughers 22

So another Tees Valley defeat for the Bucks, but no shame in the result as once again they demonstrated they can compete at this level.
Again chances went begging which need to be taken and the defence needs to improve further upfield. Its all well and good having tremendous goal line defence but its difficult to maintain, especially against the better standard of opposition. Players need to focus on their defensive jobs in all areas of the field and this includes defending better against the kick.
But all in all another step forward with work at the breakdown having improved from last week