Buxton 1st XV 64, Capenhurst 7
BUXTON breezed to their biggest win of the season as Capenhurst were carved apart at Sunnyfields.
The scoring spree couldn’t have come at a better moment as this pulsating performance was played in front of Buxton’s Vice Presidents who watched their side storm to a third straight win in the South Lancashire and Cheshire League.
More pleasing for Buxton was the fact that there were no less than seven 20-year-olds in the starting line-up, a testimony to the club’s thriving youth policy.
Replacement fly half Waters led the spree, having switched from his normal winger’s role in the absence of Bulger. He had a fabulous day, claiming two tries himself, while landing a total of seven conversions to finish with a personal points tally of 24.
It was Waters who got the ball rolling as he scythed through Capenhurst’s fragile defence for the opening try, which he converted himself.
Winger G Mellor raced over for a second try before the quick-thinking Waters added a third by chasing his own kick ahead to score.
Waters converted all three tries to put Buxton into a 21-0 lead.
The fly half was instrumental in the next try, making the decisive break to send opposite winger K Mellor scurrying over.
A fifth try arrived before half time, second row Storer stampeding his way over, Waters kicking the extras.
Buxton continued where they left off in the second half. Centre Holliday snapped up some quick line-out ball, plucked out of the sky by captain McCoy, to scamper over before No.8 Hodgson stormed over, both tries being improved upon by Waters’ accurate boot.
With Buxton now rampant, G Mellor grabbed his second try when racing over in the corner to put Buxton 52-0 ahead.
In a rare act of defiance, Capenhurst scored a converted try of their own. But their joy was short-lived as prop forward Pullen was set up by Holliday to crash over for Buxton’s ninth try.
And it was Storer who delivered the final blow, barnstorming his way over to send Buxton’s try-count into double figures, with Waters duly adding the conversion points.
Man of the match was awarded to blind-side flanker Edge, who with Degroot disrupted Capenhurst’s play consistently.
Buxton travel to Parkonians on Saturday.