Brackley overhwelm Deepings to go second

Fly half Mike Lowdell goes over for Brackley's fifth try
Fly half Mike Lowdell goes over for Brackley's fifth try

Brackley put on a cracking display of attacking rugby to overwhelm Deepings 55-8 and go second in Midlands Four East South.

Despite a couple of early alarms, Brackley soon had the upper hand with Seb Johnson first to cross the Deepings try line on 10 minutes.

Mike Lowdell increased the lead with two penalties and a converted try before Johnson rounded off a sweeping move for his second, followed by second row Sam Barth powering across from short range.

Two conversions by Lowdell took the score at the interval to 29-0.

Continuing in a similar vein in the second half, Brackley cut loose within minutes for Lowdell to grab his second try and add the conversion.

The tempo slowed as Deepings landed a penalty goal, but was quickly restored when second row Joe Staniforth tunnelled beneath the visitors’ defence for a try converted by Lowdell before Johnson touched down for his hat-trick.

As the match entered the final quarter, Deepings briefly rallied and demonstrated the attacking flair of their back division glimpsed earlier on.

Catching Brackley off guard, they were across the line in a flash for a consolation try, only to see that negated almost immediately by replacement Tyrone Smith streaking down the wing and touching down Brackley’s eighth try of the afternoon.

The conversion from the in-form Lowdell took his personal tally for the match to 25 points.

Brackley are involved in cup competition this week when they travel to Coventry Welsh in round two of the Midlands Junior Vase.