Bucks 39 Boro 25

By Chris Harrison - September 12 2011
Bucks 39 Boro 25
Jordan Baggs A stiff breeze blew into the faces of West Bucks as they entertained Boro III in their second Tees Merit League fixture of the new season. There were several changes to the team from last week due to injuries and call ups to the Stags with three 17 year olds in the pack and two more in the rest of the squad ...

Boro started as if they meant business and immediately put the Bucks under pressure and were awarded a penalty which they converted after 2 minutes.
After 12 minutes the visitors scored a try to take an 8 – 0 lead.
However on 16 minutes West were at last able to secure some decent attacking ball and scrum half Ryan Painter got 5 points back. Luke Mallinson was able to make it the full 7 points. (7 – 8).
Unfortunately the come back was short lived and the visitors took a 15 – 7 lead before adding a penalty to make it 18 – 7.
The Bucks needed something before half-time and it was provided by fly-half Brendan Baggs who took a quick tap after a penalty was awarded close to the visitors line and drove over. Mallinson converted (14 – 18).

As last week scrum half Painter had to leave the field at half time and full-back Mallinson moved up to fill the berth.

The second half was to prove a ding dong affair. Initially neither side converted any chances, although an early highlight was a Tim Blades steal at a ruck as Boro pressurised the home line.
But on 11 minutes Skipper Pete Considine, in the centre, was able to dart over after a concerted period of pressure. (19 – 18).
6 minutes later Boro regained the lead. (19 – 25).
This lead was only temporary as Baggs intercepted 30 metres out from the Boro line and, after looking for some support, which was sadly lacking, set off for the posts. Although the old bones creaked and groaned he was able to make it to the line. Mallinson converted. (26 – 25).
From this point the Bucks did not look back.
A Mallinson penalty extended the lead 34 minutes into the half. (29 – 25).
Soon after winger Matty Tyers fielded a Boro clearance kick and ran it back into the visitors heart. He offloaded just short of the line and Mixie Parker was able to crash over under the posts. Mallinson converted. (36 – 25).
As the clock ticked down Mallinson converted a penalty and the final whistle blew. (39 – 25).

This was still far from the calibre of performances that the Bucks were putting in toward the end of last season but improvements will come as the team settles. (Amazingly, after 2 games 29 players have played for the Bucks already this season).
Decision making was somewhat odd at times and too many players looked for the kick as an option when keeping the ball in hand would have been the better choice.
It was good to see Jordan Baggs back on the park and he was probably the pick of the pack at openside. The 3 17 year olds (Wales, Blades and the giant Cookland) all performed well.
Special mention to the referee from Sunderland, Nick Jones I think!. New guy, excellent game, he was clear, in control and consistent – other refs please note!

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Bucks 39 Boro 25
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12/09/2011 09:27
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Re: Bucks 39 Boro 25
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12/09/2011 13:31
The Bucks fitness eventually won the game against a good Boro side.

As reported by my reconning a good half a dozen of the normal Bucks were abscent and well done the 4th teams who filled the slots. Two wins against Mowden & Boro is not a bad start for a club who live in portacabins and their supporters have pay to stand on a windy school field.

PS - Props should not kick :-)

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