Brackley notched their third win from four in Midlands Four East South this season with a 31-5 victory at Corby.
Having swept to an unanswered 31 point lead in the first half, Brackley fell away and posed no threat at all after the break, allowing Corby to restore some pride by outscoring their visitors 5-0 in a dire second half.
Brackley were on the scoreboard inside five minutes when right wing Danton Robinson, making his debut for the 1st XV, powered along the tramlines to touch down for an unconverted try.
Not to be outdone, Dean Murray, on the left wing, outpaced the defence for Brackley’s second unconverted try 10 minutes later. Number eight Will Cooper (pictured) was next over the line for try, converted by fly half Mike Lowdell.
Then came an irrepressible spell from centre Mario Vaiese. Shaking off two tackles in midfield, Vaiese bulldozed through two more before crossing for Brackley’s fourth try, with Lowdell adding the conversion.
Hardly had play restarted than Vaiese was back again, this time touching down between the posts. A successful kick from Lowdell brought the halftime score to 0-31.
With the change of ends, Brackley faced a stiffish breeze blowing at an angle across the pitch, but that factor was insufficient to explain what happened next.
Determination in attack was replaced by hesitation and as play became increasingly scrappy, things went from bad to worse. F
loating passes in a crosswind was never going to be a good idea, while basic handling errors were exploited by a Corby team growing in confidence by the minute.
With Brackley dithering, the home side came close to scoring midway through the half, crossing the visitors’ line only to be called back for a forward pass.
Nevertheless, Corby had their moment, latching onto a split ball, hacking ahead, and winning the chase to touch down. Brackley attempted to respond, but simply could not rekindle their first half fire.
Brackley’s league campaign continues this week when they are at home to Deepings.