Bucks 15 South Park Rangers 13

By Chris Harrison - February 2 2009
Bucks 15 South Park Rangers 13
Winning Kick The Bucks welcomed South Park Rangers to Brinkburn. Rangers had given the Bucks a torrid time upfront in the first game so a tough game was expected.
The visitors went a try ahead after 7 minutes when from a lineout close to the Bucks line they showed good patience through several controlled phases by their forwards to drive over (0-5).
Over the next half hour West got themselves more and more into the game as a realisation grew that they could compete with the visitors.
A minute before half time 2nd row Andy Robson went over under the posts. Robson completed a tremendous series of plays which worked the team downfield. A quickly taken tap pen by scrum half Luke Mallinson took them even closer and when the ball was moved out to the fly half Mixie Parker the 2nd row looped round him to finish the move off.
Mallinson converted (7-5).
At the beginning of the 2nd half West lost control of the ball when they apparently had it secured. Rangers forwards did the rest as they rumbled themselves over the line (7-10).
Wests next score came when the visitors dropped the ball on half way and Mixie Parker kicked through.Winger Mark Pearce was first to the ball and had the simple task of falling on the ball (12-10).
With only a couple of minutes remaining South Park pressurised West into a series of mistakes which took them to within penalty range (12-13).
The Bucks now showed tremendous character when from the kick off they forced a mistake from Rangers and with the last kick of the game Luke Mallinson stroked the penalty over (15-13).
A victory for perseverance. West were under tremendous pressure for much of the 1st half but played themselves into the game with their usual efforts at a more open game.
Special mention to front row Karlos, Col Douglas (hooker) and Morgan Hamillton (tight head) who stuck to their task and secured enough quality scrum ball for the team to play with.
It was also good to see Neil Howe and Gary Jackson back on the pitch after some time away.