Buckingham suffer heavy defeat in opener

James Bernard
James Bernard
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Buckingham RUFC travelled to Windsor for their first game of the South West One East season and found their hosts in tremendous form as they coasted to a 66-12 thrashing.

Although the visitors didn’t play badly, they were kept on the back foot for most of the game by a stronger and faster Windsor side that dominated.

The home backs scored an excellent converted try within two minutes of the kick-off and continued to do so throughout the first half to be out of sight by the interval, leading 38-0.

Windsor were at it again straight from the restart, scoring within 60 seconds and thenagain five minutes later as Buckingham struggled to put any attacking phases together.

To their credit, the visitors refused to let their head drops and with the score at 59-0 and Windsor again on offensive, a smart interception by Josh Graham allowed him to out-run all the chasers and score under the posts. James Hulston converted as Buckingham finally got on the scoreboard with 20 minutes of the second half played.

After Windsor had scored again for another seven points, Buckingham, who had had a much better time of it in the second half, broke free with a long break by Hulston taking him deep into home territory.

When he was finally hauled down, James Bernard gathered the loose ball and crossed in the corner in the final minutes and that was as good as it got.

Buckingham host newly-promoted Bletchley in their first home game on Saturday.