Bucks 50 Stockton 5

By Chris Harrison - September 22 2009
Bucks 50 Stockton 5
20 points West Bucks entertained Stockton II in the Tees Merit League on an excellent day for running rugby. Stockton had beaten West twice in last seasons 3 encounters so the hosts expected a stiff test.
They were also, however, looking to build on their 2 games so far this season which although victories had seen lacklustre displays.
The Bucks certainly did this as they produced a tremendous performance to blow Stockton away.
On 5 minutes fly half Luke Mallinson broke outside his opposite number to race over wide out (5-0).
On 16 minutes Wests powerful pack drove the visitors off their own ball close to their line. The ball was moved wide and outside centre Phil Henderson cut inside and shrugged off several would be tacklers to dive over with others hanging on his back. Mallinson converted (12-0).
On 25 minutes winger Nige Bulmer scored out wide after the backs had attacked from distance, the forwards took it on before the backs were released once again.(17-0).
On 30 minutes No 8 Mike Charlton powered over after one of several barnstorming runs. Mallinson converted (24-0).
On 36 minutes fellow back row Ben Glaister-Smith supported a break to take the ball and beat the full back to score. Mallinson converted (31-0).
Half Time
5 minutes into the 2nd half Mallinson added to his tally with a well taken try. As Stockton rushed up in defence the fly half delayed his pass and a hole opened in front of him which he exploited to the full sprinting over wide out and converting his own effort (38-0).
On 60 minutes Stockton got themselves on the score sheet when they retained the ball for several phases and were able to punish a disjointed defence (38-5).
At this point West were trying to get themselves back on track as a couple of injuries had meant a reshuffle and the influential Charlton had left the field. They did however manage to reorganise and on 70 minutes Jonny Cole burst into the line from full back to chip over his opposite number and win the race to the ball to dot down (43-5).
Just 3 minutes later the Bucks reached the half century when they turned defence into attack.
Stocktons backs dropped the ball and winger Scott Parker unselfishly picked it up and popped it off to the onrushing Pete Considine who capped an excellent display by sidestepping the full back to score. Mallinson converted. (50-5).
Last week a similar scoreline against Rovers was met with disappointment by the players but this was not the case on Saturday as all 17 players can be proud of their efforts.
The 4 front row forwards are performing admirably at the moment and becoming an efficient, powerful unit. The back 5 of the scrum combined mobility with power, particularly Charlton and the rapidly improving flanker Glaister-Smith.
In the backs a very fit Pete Considine in the centre ran powerfully and put in some trademark big hits. Scott Martin at scrum half is providing a steady stream of quality ball and playing himself into adult rugby.