Buckingham out of bottom three

Euan Prime touches down for a try
Euan Prime touches down for a try

Buckingham hauled themselves out of the bottom three of South West One East for the first time since Christmas with a convincing 34-10 victory over Devizes on Saturday.

The hosts made an explosive start, running back the Devizes kick-off and swarming all over the visitors before going ahead within five minutes through Joe Collins’ try and Andy White’s conversion.

Five minutes later, Devizes were caught offside and White made it 10-0 with a successful penalty as the visitors struggled to get into the game.

Buckingham looked solid in the set piece and the rampaging back row of Laird Wright and Amos made huge inroads with two more penalties driving them into the corner as a trademark forward drive resulted in a try for Euan Prime.

With the home side continuing to dominate, their 17-0 half-time lead was a fair indication of their superiority.

Devizes came out in a more determined mood after the restart, launching a sustained period on the Buckingham line which was rewarded with a converted try, and though Buckingham briefly broke the siege, the visitors forced their way back to reach double figures with a penalty on 20 minutes. Just as Devizes looked to be getting on top, Buckingham upped the pace to wrestle control of the match with Prime scoring his second before a scintillating fourth try secured a precious bonus-point.

It all stemmed from Rush, who made good ground from deep inside his own half before James Hulston found Graham in space and the winger powered over to leave White with an easy conversion. Graham then bagged his second try late on to complete a thoroughly deserved Buckingham win.

Buckingham play twice this week, first at home to Swindon tomorrow, Saturday, and then Reading at Maids Moreton on Wednesday.