Buxton 1st XV 71, Creswell 1st XV 0
AN EMPHATIC try-fest saw Buxton sweep aside Creswell in the opening round of the Derbyshire Shield.
Buxton started the stronger of the two sides and were soon on the scoreboard with a breakaway try from Passey.
Soon after another score followed as Bulger gathered the ball from deep, drew his man on the halfway line and off-loaded to the ever present stature of Ives on the left wing. Ives used his brute force to smash aside any would-be Creswell tacklers to score.
Within minutes Buxton again found themselves deep in Creswell’s half. The ball went loose and Bulger pounced like a panther, scoring from five yards out.
Man of the match Hodgson made a number of impressive runs and from broken play off-loaded to Campbell who, coming back on the angle at pace, broke the defensive line to score under the posts.
Buxton’s second-half account was opened by a set move from the base of the scrum by Hodgson to Campbell, who then brought Holliday into the line to score.
Minutes later Holliday was the recipient of another good set-play move. Pullen, who had been throwing accurately all season, threw to Edge at the tail of the lineout. The ball went quickly off the top to Campbell who then fed Torrance. Torrance off-loaded to Passey who then popped the ball back inside to Holliday, coming in at pace, to score Buxton’s best try of the afternoon.
Creswell, to their credit, defended with courage, but even when they cleared their lines with deep kicks it was returned by Buxton with interest.
Midway through the second half the ball was cleared deep by Creswell and went through several pairs of Buxton hands before reaching G Mellor, who made a devastating run from halfway to score in the far corner. Immediately after the restart, Buxton gained good territory, retrieved the ball and released Holliday for his hat-trick.
Buxton’s final score came from a number of forward pick and drives, which ended with the ball being fed to Torrance who released DeGroot clean through on his right shoulder.