Buckingham suffered their heaviest defeat of the season at Windsor on Saturday with the home side running eight tries in a 51-17 romp.
The Windsor backs were arguably the best that Buckingham have faced this season with their excellent midfield and pacy wingers well-served by an exciting young scrum half.
For Buckingham, there were positives as the forwards caused problems and dominated the broken play, but they were always facing devastating counter-attacks from the home side’s threequarters.
Windsor showed their intent when their scrum half scampered over for the first try after only four minutes, but Andy White put Buckingham on the board with a penalty six minutes later.
The visitors were struggling to keep hold of the Windsor backs with only a try-saving tackle by Andrew Jackson thwarting another attack, but eventually the pressure told and Windsor ran in three tries to take a commanding 26-3 lead into the interval.
The home side kicked off after the restart and regained possession on the follow up to score their fifth try within two minutes, then the Buckingham pack had an excellent period of play, driving down field to pen Windsor on their five metre line. With the home side unable to repel the Buckingham barrage, the referee finally lost patience and awarded a penalty try, which was converted by White to give the visitors hope.
Back came the home side, though, and another sweeping move resulted in a drop goal, but Buckingham responded when the forwards again had their opponents on the back foot with successive driving mauls and a final scrum ending with Sam Clapham forcing his way over before White converted, making it 34-17.
That was as good as it got, however, as the impressive Windsor backs scored a further three tries through a tired Buckingham defence to confirm their dominance.
Buckingham will now seek to improve their current league position of 10th with a winnable run of upcoming fixtures, starting with a trip to 13th-placed Cheltenham this weekend.