Buxton Stags produced a stunning display of running rugby at home in the first round of the Senior Vase as they systematically took apart Eccelshall from Midlands 3 West with a 41-0 win.
The club memorably got to the final at Twickenham last year and are hoping for a repeat cup run.
The victory demonstrates the further progress they have made having stepped up a level in the cup, from Junior to Senior Vase, having been promoted last season.
Director of Rugby Karl de groot said: “To step up a level and totally destroy the opposition I think shows the lads desire to succeed again this season.
“They dominated every area of the game and really put them under severe pressure from the off “
Buxton Number 8 Kieran Wain, led the charge with a try hat trick, showing a real turn of pace and power for the opening score in a half that saw Eccelshall pinned in their own half for the bulk of the first period.
Stags went on to lead 26-0 at the break and started the second half in the same vein, with Wain completing his hat-trick off the base of a 5m scrum and Mellor rounded the rout off with a 50m solo effort out wide for the victory.
Head coach Steve Riddlestone added: “I was impressed with the application of some of our recent training themes, in particular our defensive line speed, which kept the opposition behind the gain line most of the game and paved the way for our dominance “
Buxton are at joint league leaders Lincoln Saturday, in what will be their sternest test yet, Lincoln being the early favourites in the league after narrowly missing out on promotion last season.