Buccaneers move up to second

The Buccs watch on as Deano Dean bursts forward. Photo: David Dales.
The Buccs watch on as Deano Dean bursts forward. Photo: David Dales.

The Boston Buccaneers’ Midlands premier winning streak continued on Saturday with an emphatic 70-6 win over Nottingham Outlaws on Saturday.

Having been soundly beaten by Nottingham 60-12 in week one of the season, coach Mark Bean was confident that his team could overturn that result at the Princess Royal Sports Arena.

The team was largely unchanged from last week with the addition of forwards Sean Templeton and Alexandros Ioannou.

The Buccaneers received the kickoff and immediately showed that they meant business.

Man of the match Tom Andrews fed the ball out to stand off Dan Mackie who, in turn, found fullback Chris Wells.

He outpaced the defenders with ease to score under the posts.

There then followed a 10-minute spell where the Buccaneers scored regularly.

The first try went to wing Matt Bray after he side-stepped his way over for a score.

Next up was Jonathan Spencer with one of his trademark charges through and over unfortunate defenders.

Finally, centre Liam Croker jumped on a fumbled Outlaws ball to score in the corner.

Any Outlaws attempt at moving the ball was met by a resolute and punishing defence led by captain Jim Dearing. Youngster Ryan Cuthbertson played beyond his years alongside Veteran Mike Knock, and Dan Piggins made life uncomfortable for the visitors.

In the middle of the park the hard yards were ground out by Templeton, Ioannou and Will Scupham.

With 20 mins to go in the first half the Buccaneers were camped out on the 20 metre line thanks to some great field position from Deano Dean.

A floated pass from Dan Mackie was gathered by Andrews who dabbed down in the corner.

The half ended with hooker John Stanfield sprinting 40 metres for a fine individual try.

The second half started brightly for the Buccaneers after only a minute the back line shipped the ball out to speedster Chris Wells, who sliced through the Outlaw’s defence to score.

Dan Mackie was next on the scoresheet after some fine work by Tom Andrews.

Mackie was again involved in the next try, his deft kick over the top of the Outlaws defenders was caught by Spencer, who scored under the posts.

Wells grabbed his third try of the day after tip-toeing down the sideline before Templeton touched down under the posts.

The Buccaneers - who are now second in the league with a game in hand - added a further three tries in the final 10 minutes as Spencer, Andrews and Dean all registered.

BUCCS: Templeton, Knock, Mackie, Wells, Piggins, Andrews, Baldwin, Kippax, Ioannou, Spencer, Beever, Speight, Dean, Cuthbertson, Johnson, Dearing, Stanfield, Croker, Bray, Scupham.