1st xv Match Reports 2015 - 2016

1st xv v Salisbury 9th April 2016







Buzzards welcomed second-placed Salisbury for their final home league game of

the season but ended comprehensively defeated by a very efficient performance

from the visitors. Salisbury showed how to do the basic skills well – their set

piece was rock solid, their defence well organised and their kicking game

purposeful. Consistently, the visitors took the correct option so whilst Buzzards

showed enterprise and, indeed in the first half played most of the rugby, they

only briefly looked liked securing a home victory.

Salisbury kicked off and, whilst the first few minutes were played in midfield, it

was soon clear that Buzzard’s lineout was mis-firing. From an over-throw on a

Leighton lineout, possession was turned over and a clever grubber from the

Salisbury fly-half allowed an easy touch-down. With the conversion Buzzards

were 0-7 down after 5 minutes. Worse was to follow 10 minutes later – a

dropped ball in midfield was intercepted and whilst the initial attack was

stopped just short , quick recycling allowed the visItors to score their second try

to lead by 12 points.

However, the Buzzards showed real attacking intent – a great break from Darren

Braybrook split the Salisbury defence open but when the recycled ball was spun

wide the overlap was wasted. Further opportunities went begging and

Leighton’s pressure only told through a Lee Walker penalty in the last minute of

the half, to make the score 3-12 at the break.

The second half started well for Buzzards with a succession of driving mauls

allowing Michael Lynch to cross the line after 4 minutes. The conversion was

missed but with the score now 8-12 Leighton were back in the game. However

Salisbury were not rattled and continued to stick to their conservative but

efficient gameplan. Following a rolling maul from a lineout after 13 minutes, they

scored a converted try and a penalty six minutes later gave them a 8 -22 lead.

Any remaining hope of a Buzzard comeback ended with a yellow card for Tom

Byard for an offence at a scrum close to the Buzzard line. Unsurprisingly,

Salisbury chose a scrum from the resulting penalty and under pressure a penalty

try was awarded. With the score now 8 -29 with ten minutes left, the large, but

athletic, Salisbury pack were in control and it was no surprise when they added a

further try following a lineout to leave the final score 8-34.

Despite being well beaten, Leighton remained competitive throughout with Ryan

Fraser, Buzzard’s man of the match for the second week running, outstanding.

Buzzards remain eighth and next week travel to ninth-placed Windsor.

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