Buckingham RUFC succummbed to a 39-10 defeat against a powerful Oxford Harlequins side in South East One East at the weekend.
Buckingham hosted the high-flying Harlequins at Maids Moreton looking to dent their 100 per cent start to the season, but despite playing some good rugby in a tight first half, the league leaders proved too strong.
Buckingham made a promising start with a long run by Sam Cook setting the tone followed by Ollie Payne almost breaching the Oxford defence. The home side looked the most likely to score, but from their first major foray into Buckingham territory, the Oxford backs swept through for an excellent try and conversion with 19 minutes played.
Oxford pressed again but a tremendous tackle and turnover by Rob Laird stemmed the tide only for the visitors to score again five minutes later to go 12-0 in front.
Buckingham then got on the scoreboard with a penalty by Andy White and kept up the pressure with a powerful run by Steve Datchler carried on through numerous phases before the forwards drove over and Phil Wright claiming the try. White’s conversion keeping them on the front foot until the interval.
Oxford came out in what was to be a much more purposeful mood for the second half, and aided by an unforced error by the home side who tried to run the ball from their own five metre line scored a converted try after only four minutes.
With their tails up, Oxford then scored two more quick tries to put them well clear at 29-10 10 minutes into the second half and from this position Buckingham were always playing catch-up rugby.
They did get themselves in several good attacking situations, but with their hooker having a poor game with his throwing in at the lineout, these opportunities came to nothing.
Oxford dealt comfortably with all Buckingham had to offer and found time to run in two more tries through a tired defence,the final score 39-10 .Another difficult game looms on Saturday when second from bottom Buckingham go to fifth-placed Reading