IN PICTURES: Buckingham’s Academy beat rivals Tows in cup

Scrum half Hamish Bassett gets the ball away for Buckingham.  Pictures by Jake McNulty
Scrum half Hamish Bassett gets the ball away for Buckingham. Pictures by Jake McNulty

Buckingham Rugby Club’s Academy continue to impress this season with their latest success coming in the form of a 46-12 win over rivals Towcester to reach the semi-finals of the Oceanic Cup.

The team have lost just one game all season and having already beaten Tows 47-0 this year, they were firm favourites to progress in this cup tie.

Towcester were straight on the back foot as Buckingham attacked through Mike Taylor, Elliot Pittwood and Archie James, ending up five metres from the Towcester line within the first few minutes.

Driving Towcester off their put in, Ollie Toone broke from the back of the scrum and fed Thom Foster for the first of eight Buckingham tries.

Aggressive Buckingham defending thwarted a promising Tows attack before Will Ellis cut through the defence and fired a long pass to Craig Coxon on the wing for his first.

Buckingham again attacked from the restart and quick ball from the breakdown saw Hamish Bassett ghost past the defenders to make it 17-0 inside just 10 minutes.

The Buckingham bombardment continued in what was left of the half as the hosts hammered Tows’ line with Toone and Tom Silman both going close but a fourth try was inevitable as Taylor dotted down under the psts to give Matt Glendinning an easy conversion for 24-0.

Tows had their moments but sloppy passing cost them dear with this time an overthrow allowing Foster to superbly scoop the ball up up and release Coxon whose outrageous offload in the tackle saw Alex Gibson drive forward before the ball was worked back to Coxon to go over.

Foster then added a second of his own, taking Buckingham’s lead up to 34-0 at half-time before Glendinning got in on the act with a try that added to his two conversions.

From this point onwards, Tows began to fight themselves back to parity and a combination of their competitive spirit and Buckingham’s increasingly poor discipline saw the home side concede only their second try of 2016 when staunch defence in the final metres finally failed.

Charlie Wheeler replied for the hosts but Tows had the final say when driving over a scrum in the final minute.

Buckingham’s 1st XV are back in action this weekend when they host Bletchley.