Sherwood Wolf Hunt 0-77 Buxton Bulls - match report

Matt Gilbert is kept at bay by the Buxton Bulls defence -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Matt Gilbert is kept at bay by the Buxton Bulls defence -Pic by: Richard Parkes
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Buxton Bulls made the short trip to Mansfield last Saturday to take on fellow new boys Sherwood Wolf Hunt, and romped to a fourth successive win.

Tommy McGuigan’s side never looked in danger as they ran in 14 tries on what was their first ever away game.

Jake Mason brakes down a Buxton Bulls attack -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Jake Mason brakes down a Buxton Bulls attack -Pic by: Richard Parkes

The victory maintains the newly-created side’s unbeaten record in the Midlands Merit League.

Straight from the kick-off, the difference in quality became apparent after some massive drives forward from Dom Hunter and Blake Downings.

Cameron Oates popped up on the last tackle to put a drop goal over to make the score 1-0.

Despite a tentative start from the Bulls, it wasn’t long before the floodgates opened and quick tries from Tobin, Bell and Oates soon started the scoreboard rolling.

When Sherwood did finally get some possession of the ball they looked dangerous in attack but some aggressive tackling from the Bulls backline kept them at bay.

Hooton, De Groot, Austin and Robinson added further scores to effectively end the game as a contest after 40 minutes, with the score 43-0 at the break.

As the second half started it was clear to see there was no way back for Sherwood as Buxton piled on the pressure.

Hooton and Bell quickly grabbed their second tries of the afternoon, Rees powered his way over and De Groot then notched his double.

Bulls were working hard to maintain their defensive discipline and this in turn enabled them to keep a well-earned clean sheet.

As the play moved upfield it was Ian Scott who powered through to score try number 12 and that was closely followed by Dom Hunter’s finish soon after.

To finish off the afternoon’s proceedings, Ben Hopkinson sealed a long-range effort after beating a number of Sherwood players to race away under the posts.

The Man of the Match for the second week in succession was Oates, as chosen by the Sherwood Wolf Hunt head coach.