Stamford College Old Boys could have hoped for an easier opener to the new league season as they took on newly relegated Brackley.
This game would prove even more difficult as the Old Boys had many of their key players unavailable due to injury.
Brackley showed from the start why they were the league champions two seasons ago as they used their dominance in the lineout and precise kicking to move up the pitch.
Another excellent defensive display from the Old Boys was not enough to prevent Brackley running in four tries before the end of the half.
Old Boys’ scrumaging and rucking was strong despite the inexperience in the pack, and some excellent runs were made by full back Haydn Johns and winger Adam Chapman.
In the second half the game heated up. Both teams lost a man to the bin and the visitors used some fresh legs to run in a further three tries during the second half, but the Old Boys were determined not to finish the game pointless.
Carl Walker got within inches of the line after a good lineout move, which resulted in a penalty. A last gallant effort from the pack saw SCOBs man of the match and number 8 Aled Pattinson score from a five metre scrum before the final whistle blew with the score at 46-5.
Tomorrow Stamford College Old boys will travel to Corby RFC.