Rovers 3 Bucks 48

By Chris Harrison - September 14 2009
Rovers 3 Bucks 48
13 points West Bucks travelled over to the other side of town to take on their Rovers counterparts in a friendly fixture. West were looking to build on last weeks hard fought victory over Mowden III.
The game did not start well and both teams struggled to put any meaningful rugby together. On 20 minutes the West pack put on their first sustained attack and recycled the ball several times before prop Karlos Graham barrelled over. Fly half Luke Mallinson converted (7-0).
The day was tremendously hot and the referee called a water break immediately after this.
2 minutes after the restart Rovers won themselves a penalty which was well converted (7-3).
On 25 minutes Mallinson put West back to a 7 point lead with a penalty (10-3).
Then just 3 minutes later Ben Glaister-Smith powered over after some good rucking by the West pack saw quick ball fed out to the wing where Mark Pearce broke to draw the last defenders and feed the flanker who was in support.
Half Time 17-3
The early part of the 2nd half was again scrappy but on 14 minutes West were able to exert some consistent pressure which allowed prop Mark Cholmondeley to charge over. Mallinson converted (24-3).
Straight from the kick off West won the ball and moved the ball wide to Pearce who showed his tremendous pace to score. Mallinson converted (31-3).
Half way through the half centre Phil Henderson made a great break but hung on to the ball too long and the moved seemed to have died. However the pack recycled the ball and it was moved wide to full back Scott Parker who scored wide out (36-3).
3 minutes later Graham grabbed his 2nd try when he broke from a ruck 10 metres out and bust through 2 tackles to touch down (41-3).
Finally on 40 minutes scrum half Scott Martin disrupted his opposite number and the ball went free for Glaister-Smith to grab his 2nd. Mallinson converted (48-3).

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