BUCKINGHAM Rugby Club started their first season back in Southern Counties North in the best possible way as they completely outclassed a poor Tadley side 74-10.
They were ahead as early as the second minute when Steve Miller made one of his trade-mark breaks to score the first try.
Tadley responded strongly and five minutes later Buckingham were caught offside to give their hosts three points.
Andy White returned the compliment before play finally settled down and the floodgates opened as Andrew Jackson put Adam Clarke over for a try converted by White.
Buckingham then turned their much heavier opponents at a scrum to win the put-in and excellent ball retention enabled Jamie Hulston room to feed Phil Wright, who stood up in the tackle to give skipper Tom Amos the scoring pass, again converted by White.
Five minutes before half-time a mistake in defence saw Tadley score a converted try, against the run of play, but Buckingham’s response was immediate through Miller, who had been played in by Jackson for the bonus-point try that secured Buckingham a 27-10 lead at half time.
Buckingham continued where they left off after the interval scoring two tries in the first 10 minutes.
Good work by forwards Jack Sawbridge, Seth Williams and Pat Ockenden ended with the latter crashing over after a driving maul.
Moments later, from another scrum, Joe Chalmers sent Miller on his way for his third try.
Tadley had no answer to the pace and movement of the Buckingham 15 and, as the heat took its toll on their fitness, the visitors continued to enjoy the acres of space left by the home side.
Hulston coasted through for another try, followed by Jackson with both converted by White.
With the ball being recycled all over the pitch, Hulston galloped over for his second try before Tadley conceded another penalty and Clarke and Wright combined to put Jorden Bishop over for try number 10.
A fitting climax to the afternoon came when the ever present Wright powered his way down field, supported by Sam Cook to give Hulston his hat trick.
White’s conversion made it 74-10 to begin the season in emphatic style.
Newly promoted Thatcham are the visitors to Buckingham this Saturday.