Buckingham are through to the Bucks Cup final after a 33-11 victory over Amersham & Chiltern at Floyd Field.
Amersham, as a Level 5 club, had to play their second XV as per the competition’s regulations, while injuries had weakened Buckingham as they were forced to field a young side and were only able to name one replacement player.
Nevertheless, the hosts took the initiative from the outset with the pack seizing control of the game and the forwards’ pressure was rewarded after 15 minutes with a try from Joe Collins.
Calum Gillie kicked the conversion before Amersham came back with a penalty to reduce the margin, but the home side’s defence remained solid throughout the contest.
Buckingham then increased their advantage thanks to a try from Josh Graham, who powered across the whitewash from 25-yard burst following good work from hooker Seth Williams.
Again Gillie added the extras before a second Amersham penalty cut the deficit to 14-6 at the half-time break.
A yellow card to a visiting player early in the second half allowed Buckingham to regain the upperhand and a second converted try from Graham, who dotted down after fine footwork from James Hulston, put the home side into a commanding 21-6 lead.
Amersham then enjoyed a rare spell of pressure but they wasted several opportunities to get themselves back in the game as the Buckingham defence remained resolute. Midway through the half, Graham punished the visitors once more when he waltzed through the defence from almost the halfway line for his hat-trick try.
Although Gillie missed the conversion, Buckingham were now in total command as Theo Mettenheimer, on as replacement, bagged the fifth try of the afternoon after some good running and an unselfish pass from Hulston. Gillie added the conversion for a 33-6 lead.
Amersham had the final say when they scored from a scrum, but Buckingham had done more than enough to seal their place in the final, where they will take on Marlow.
It’s back to league rugby this week for Buckingham as they face a tough challenge away to local rivals and second-placed Towcestrians in South West One East.