Rampant Buccaneers serve up 12-try rout

Boston Buccaneers v Buxton Bulls, rugby league action. Jamie Jenkins in action for Boston. EMN-160606-133315002
Boston Buccaneers v Buxton Bulls, rugby league action. Jamie Jenkins in action for Boston. EMN-160606-133315002

Boston Buccaneers rugby league team continued their winning streak with a 62-26 victory over the Buxton Bulls on Saturday.

With captain Jim Dearing still injured, Marc Miles again took charge.

Coach Mark Bean made a few forced changes to last week’s squad because of player unavailability, handing debuts to Dave Davies, Mike Knock and Matt Coley.

However, the new-look Buccaneers did not disappoint; running in 12 tries on their way to a resounding victory.

The game started well for Boston, with Chris Wells jinking his way down the touch line to score after a lovely chip by Dan Mackie.

The under-strength Bulls fought back to score under the posts.

A fine individual effort from Jonathan Spencer, running through several defenders to score, put Buccaneers in charge again.

But, with errors starting to creep into their game, they squandered several further scoring opportunities.

The Bulls seized the initiative and scored three unanswered tries within a 10-minute spell.

After some words from coach Bean, the Buccaneers re-focussed. Almost immediately, Davies scored after a great drive down field following some great midfield play by centre Jamie Jenkins.

With time running out in the first half and, trailing by four points, Buccaneers’ wing Wells outpaced the Bulls’ defence to score in the corner, leaving the scores tied at 22-22 at half-time.

After the break, Buccaneers were soon into their stride, running in three tries in 10 minutes from Will Scupham, Mike Knock and Jonathan Spencer.

The error count reduced and, with the Bulls having to defend almost constantly, it was no surprise when Boston scored again through Davies after great work by Tom and James Andrews.

Gaps were now opening up all over the park and there was no stopping a rampant Buccaneers’ attack, with hooker Wayne Harley next on the scoresheet, followed by Spencer for his third of the day.

Whenever Bulls threatened to score, the Buccaneers’ defence, led by Marc Miles, held strong.

Knock, Dan Piggins and Adam Downing, along with Alex Ioannou, kept the Bulls’ attack at bay with some great defensive work.

The final few minutes saw man-of-the-match Spencer score his fourth try of the day in typical style, running strongly to leave defenders in his wake. Scrum-half Tom Andrews then scored a well-deserved try to make the final score 62-26.

Buccaneers: M. Miles, D. Davies, M. Knock, D. Mackie, C. Wells, D. Piggins, W. Scupham, T. Andrews, G.Baldwin, M. Baldwin, S. Kippax, J. Jenkins, J. Spencer, J. Andrews, A. Downing, S. Johnson, A. Ioannou, M. Coley, W. Harley