Rugby League: Bulls deny foul play suggestion

Scott Thacker is taken off the pitch through a leg injury in the very first minute of the game -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Scott Thacker is taken off the pitch through a leg injury in the very first minute of the game -Pic by: Richard Parkes
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Buxton Bulls have refuted suggestions of foul play during their big victory at Sherwood Wolf Hunt last weekend.

The Bulls recorded a 77-0 win in Mansfield on Saturday in what was their first-ever away clash.

Officials from Sherwood have since questioned the ‘size and quality’ of the Buxton roster.

Wolf Hunt’s chairman Richard Tempest-Mitchell said: “We didn’t expect this from Buxton. They had recruited well in preparation for this game.

“We clearly had them thinking we would compete, prior to the game and they turned up with nearly a brand new squad from their previous games.

“Our lads battled well, and never gave up, but at this level we were not prepared for the size and quality Buxton produced.

“We had several injuries and a few players away, so we were weakened from the off.

“We will learn from what happened and will bounce back. I do not expect this to happen when we meet Buxton again.”

The game started with a serious injury to one of Wolf Hunt’s star players, Scott Thacker, who was carried off with badly broken ankle.

Buxton then overpowered their opponents and romped to a 14-try win as they secured a fourth consecutive Midlands Merit success.

Bulls coach Tommy McGuigan responded to the comments, saying: “Contrary to reports I can guarantee Buxton did not recruit purposely for this fixture.

“It just so happened that all the squad that we have was available on that day.

“I would also like to say that if Sherwood play the same as they did against us on Saturday against other teams, they will become a very successful club in the future.

“We would also like to send our best wishes to the two lads that picked up serious injuries and hope they have speedy recoveries.”

Saturday sees the Bulls again on their travels, as they head to Garswood Stags. Kick-off is 11.30am.