2nd xv Match Reports 2015 - 2016

2nd xv v Bugbrooke 27th February 2016

Leighton Buzzard 2nd Xv 48 pts – Bugbrooke 2nd XV 5 pts

To copy a well used phrase this was a game of two halves where LB playing up the slope and against the wind absorbed and tired Bugbrooke’s power players. Then in the second half LB tightened up and ran in 37 points to have a comfortable score line at the end of 48-5.

Leighton started the first half well putting early pressure on Bugbrooke, but just as in England v Ireland on Sunday this pressure was not converted into points and some loose play by LB allowed Bugbrooke to counter attack into LB’s half. Now the roles were reversed and it was Bugbrooke applying the pressure and this time successfully as their centre opened the scoring for the day with an unconverted try. If Bugbrooke’s try had been due to some poor play by Leighton they soon had Bugbrooke under pressure and after a series of attacking scrums Ash Walsh scored in the corner from a 5 metre scrum to level the scores. There then followed a period of attack and counter attack as first Leighton would drive Bugbrooke back before some loose play by LB would allow Bugbrooke back into LB’s half. After some good defensive work LB were able to finish the half with a converted try by older Harris-Smith, the conversion being by Bowen.

12-5 up at half time and probably justifiably so LB tightened up for the second half and soon had Bugbrooke under pressure resulting in a try for Fripp to take the score to 17-5. This was followed by a second try for older Harris-Smith and a second for Fripp which was converted. With the score now at 29-5 LB were firmly in control and although Bugbrooke defended well and continued to counter attack it was clear that Leighton would get further points. This they duly did when Roberts scored close to the posts before in possibly the try of the match Walsh mad a powerful break from the half way before passing down the line for younger Harris-Smith in his debut senior game for the club finished off a well executed try. Leighton’s eighth try of the day and Bowen’s fourth conversion came when Tift, playing at full back, continued in his fine form to end the day for Leighton on a high.

Next week Leighton 2’s are at home to Northampton Old Scouts whilst the 1s are away to High Wycombe. Support for either of these games would be welcome and training for everyone is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.00pm at the Stanbridge Rd ground.



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