Bucks 45 City 18

By Chris Harrison - February 2 2009
Bucks 45 City 18
Wallis West Bucks entertained last years 3rd Team Cup runners up in the 3rd teams cup first round. West secured Citys kick off and within the first minute were to score a converted try as the ball was moved wide for Adam Larkin to come into the back line from full back cut through the defence and score.
Phil Wallis converted (7-0).
This was to prove something of a false dawn, and possibly the worse thing that could have happened as it affected Wests mental state. Over the next few minutes West squandered chances to go more than 20 points clear.
It was the visitors who were able to score next when their livewire scrum half took a quick tap and made the line through some distinctly average defence (7-5).
City then took the lead when they converted a penalty (7-8).
West were eventually able to put together several phases of play and scored a terrific try when flying winger Mark Pearce went over wide out (12-8).
Pearce then scored Wests next try when the forwards put together a couple of pick and goes and as the ball was moved wide 2nd row Michael Robson looped round to create an extra man in the backs. Pearce showed his new found pace to score comfortably.
Wallis converted (19-8).
Half Time (19-8).
City were always in the game and their robust forwards often got them into scoring positions. This happened just after ½ time when they crashed over (19-13).
For the next 20 minutes the game was nip and tuck.
West scored next when Larkin kicked through when he came into the back line and won the race to the ball. Wallis converted (26-13).
City responded when they caught from a line out close to the West line and maintained composure to drive over (26-18).
So the game was now very close, but the important thing to remember is that ht e Bucks are based on youth and speed and this was to prove vital for the rest of the game.
West scored next when No8 Phil Henderson was able to crash over after the ball was moved around the park to weaken the visitors defence. Wallis converted (33-18).
As City tired the ball was moved wide for Larkin to complete his hat-trick. Wallis converted (40-18).
Finally substitute scrum half Barry Corbett put up a high ball which the City full back fielded well. However he did not account for the tremendous chase by several home players and the ball was secured by hooker Ryan O’Connor who made several yards before putting No8 Henderson in for a stroll over (45-18).
So West secured a very good result against a good 3rd team and were able to win comfortably in the end. However the home team did not meet the standards they have set themselves in recent weeks.
Rugby is not always about being physically better or technically better than your opponents, there is also a mental requirement. So lo behold the team that does not have the required streak of steel running through their team!