Rugby Union: Bucks end on a high in season finale

Buxton first XV v Capenhurst
Buxton first XV v Capenhurst

Buxton ended their league campaign with a 43-10 victory over Capenhurst, to secure a fifth-placed finish in South Lancashire/Cheshire Division Three.

After a narrow loss to their visitors earlier in the season, Buxton came out with all guns blazing and took the game straight to the away side.

Buxton first XV v Capenhurst

Buxton first XV v Capenhurst

With solid scrums and line-outs Buxton built a great platform for both the backs and forwards to work off.

This allowed a brace of tries in the first 15 minutes, the first coming from Kieran Wain who powered his way through the defence whilst the second came from Stephen Edge, after a great catch and drive at the line-out.

The next part of the half Buxton appeared to take their foot off the gas and allowed Capenhurst back into the game, but some great defending from Gavin Passey stopped the visitors from breaking the home line.

A great turnover from Oliver Golden then released prolific scorer Ainsley Armstrong to slide over in the corner to make it 15-0 at the break.

The visitors came out for the second half fired up and took the game to Buxton, with a pair of quick tries reducing the deficit to just five points.

That abrupt wake-up call soon kicked Buxton back into life and they turned on the magic with a string of four tries in the space of 15 minutes.

The first was a well worked backs’ move that saw Ben Austin slide into the corner before skipper Summerfield added the conversion.

Then it was Gavin Passey’s turn after a great solo effort allowed him to touch down under the posts.

Wain then dotted down to plunder his 10th try in as many games, before Armstrong outsprinted the tired Capenhurst defence to touch down under the posts.

On his last home game before retiring, Colin Rabbitts added the conversion to seal a well-earned victory for the Bucks, who now look forward to the NLD Plate Final, to be held at Matlock, against Boston on Saturday April 26.