Amersham & Chiltern 36-10 Buckingham
AMERSHAM & Chiltern pulled rank to ensure there was no giant killing in this year's Bucks Cup final - overcoming young opponents from a division below who had overcome High Wycombe and Marlow in their cup run.
Buckingham, with an average age of 23, were by no means overawed by the occasion, and put their hearts into this game.
But in the final analysis, the skills and experience of the National League Three side eventually told and, but for some over-eagerness resulting in forward passes and knock-ons, the final winning margin would should have been greater.
Chiltern were soon in charge following the minute's silence observed before kick-off in memory of George Herold, father of one of the Chiltern U14s, who died suddenly at a very early age last week.
Back to almost full strength, with the return from injury of consistent try scorer Sam Portland, and experienced back rowers Wayne Wilson and James Hogan, it was with only nine minutes before they were in front.
Wilson touched down following a clean line-out take, and although Buckingham responded with a penalty, and almost took the lead with another shot at goal that struck an upright, the lead was soon extended.
With the visitors a man short because of a sin-binning, another clean line out and rapid passing allowed winger Bradley Reeve to go over in at the right hand corner and a superb conversion from Ross Bugden made it 12-3.
From the restart, Chiltern’s forwards drove up field and quick recycling found Sam Portland in space and the winger made around 20m up to the visitors' 22, before an inside pass allowed full-back Chris Jacks to touch down for a 17-3 half-time lead.
From the restart, huge pressure by the Chiltern forwards and quick ball from a scrum paved the way for a try for centre Craig Webb, converted by Bugden. Then, Jacks dummied his way over for his second try of the afternoon, Bugden adding the extras.
Buckingham managed a rare excursion into Chiltern territory and bagged a converted try with a chip ahead and lucky bounce, but the hosts had the last word when sub Pete Johnson got on the end of a floated overhead pass.
Amersham & Chiltern have now won the Senior's Bucks Cup, and the U13 and U14 Bucks Cups and are in next week's U15 and U16 county finals. On Saturday, however, the first XV host Western Super Mare in a game that they really need to win in their bid to avoid relegation.