|1st XV Report - Sat 13th Sept 2008 v Leighton Buzzard
Leighton Buzzard 42 - 13 Wellingborough
Wellingborough kicked off their Midlands 2 East campaign in the worst possible fashion with a loss away at Leighton Buzzard. Boro, who locked horns with Buzzard last season and narrowly beat them to the league title, came a very poor second on Saturday loosing 42-13 to a team who had obviously worked much harder during the break than Boro.
With six first choice names missing, it was always going to be struggle however, Boro's forward's struggled in the loose from the start and with their back row being comprehensively outplayed almost single handedly by Buzzard's openside flanker, it wasn't long before the home side took the lead.
Poor tackling from Boro gave Buzzard the opportunity to spin the ball wide and with almost no defence offered by either wing, Buzzard's back row won the race from a chip over to touch down under the posts. Shortly afterwards Buzzard's pack drove over from close quarters with the pack this time offering little resistance and with Boro unable to kick their way clear of constant pressure, Kyle Danns handled in a ruck and the home side established a 15-0 lead from the successful kick.
Boro struck back with a try from winger Ben Grundy making his debut and following a period when the two packs looked to be competing on level terms, largely due to the line out combination of stand-in Captain Keir Davidson and Nick Murphy, it looked as if a come-back was possible. Buzzard crossed again but a penalty from Murphy on the break of half time saw the sides turn around with the score at 22-8.
The second half was worse however, than the first and Boro went down to 32-8 before they could muster any sort of comeback. Keir Davidson, ploughing a lone challenge for Boro up front crossed to provide a brief respite from the pain before Buzzard continued to pressure and finish the game 42-13 victors.
In a game where Boro missed almost 50 tackles, a return to basics and a much tougher approach to their next fixture will be necessary. After week one they sit at the foot of the table and on this form, they will be rooted there for some weeks.