Bucks maintain run

By Chris Harrison - October 24 2010
Bucks maintain run
Back Playing West Bucks entertained Westoe 3rds on Brinkburn. They were able to kick off with the elements.
On 10 minutes a good move in the backs freed Peter Considine who fed Luke Mallinson who cut inside from the left wing to score near the posts. Mallinson converted his own try - 7-0.
On 17 mins a great break out from a Bucks scrum led to the scrumhalf giving a simple pop to feed winger Scott Parker for a try. 12-0.
The Bucks were now playing some tremendous stuff and on 23 mins left winger Mallinson went over after several passages of play. He then converted with a fantastic touch line effort. 19-0.
To be fair Westoe were a good team who came to play rugby and they put a couple of tremendous passages of play together. However, the conditions plus the patient Bucks defence ensured no points were conceded.
On 36 mins Scotty Parker & Tinker managed to butcher a certain try.
However a minute later a great set move in the backs set Full Back Marty Todd away in a sprint to the corner which he won.
Again Mallinson converted with a tremendous effort - 26-0.
As the half closed out a Bucks scrum from 5 yards out resulted in a score for No 8 Luke Mills as he dummied his way over from a 5 yard pick up to stroll over. Half Time - 31-0.
So with the wind at their backs Westoe attacked from the outset of the 2nd half and only a couple of handling mistakes prevented certain trys.
However on 5 minutes the visitors powered over from a 5m scrum - 31-5.
Westoe kept attacking but the Bucks kept playing themselves in to the game putting several attacks together.
This resulted in a period of Bucks dominance which they were just not able to score.
However the visitors scored again after some lacklustre defence allowed a score from a scrum plus the conversion - 31-12.
As the game entered the final quarter the Bucks kept attacking however an interception allowed the visitors a final score with an excellent conversion - 31-19.
So, all in all a good result. The Bucks only had 14 men and uncontested scrums ruled from the start. The visitors may well have benefitted from contested scrums but they did not complain.
It was great to see a couple of players who have not played for some time back on the pitch - Marty & Phil.
But to see Ryan Painter back on the pitch was a great bonus after his recent disillusionment with the sport. Lets hope this was not a one off and he will go on to display his undoubted talent with whichever team/club he so decides.
As to the game - the Bucks tried too hard at times and simple play particularly in the second half would of played dividends. The back line should have moved the ball wide to allow the outside backs to make decisions rather than some rather ineffectual kicking in to a strong wind from the inside backs.
But their winning streak continues and long may it be so!