Buckingham Colts 27 - 7 Bletchley Colts
By Tony Rice
1st Round defeat for Bletchley in Oceanic Cup
If ever there was a game of two halves....then this was it!!
Buckingham exploded out of the blocks and from a dropped KO found themselves 7-0 in the first minute of the match. Buckingham continued to dominate upfront as the Bletchley forwards struggled with the initial tempo of the game, struggling to find their recent excellent form, and coughing up the ball through silly mistakes and penalties. By half time, Buckingham had run in a further 3 tries and converted a penalty to lead 27-0 although Bletchley had started to show a resurgence in form towards the end of the half.
After an honest and forthright half time discussion and a number of tactical player positional changes the second half took on a completely different shape. The Bletchley pack started to dominate set piece and open play and the back line started to break through the excellent Buckingham defensive line. Continual endeavour saw Adam Downing cross for Bletchley to narrow the gap but despite long periods camped on the Buckingham line, Bletchley couldn't add to their possession and field dominance. 27-7 the final score!
Well done to both teams for an entertaining and hard fought game. Good luck to Buckingham Colts in the next round.