Buxton RUFC chief says squad in high spirits ahead of Christmas break

Buxton RUFC made it ten wins on the bounce.
Buxton RUFC made it ten wins on the bounce.
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Buxton RUFC delivered some pre-Christmas joy as they romped to a 65-0 win at Skegness last weekend.

The Bucks ran out convincing 65-0 winners in Lincolnshire as they extended their dazzling streak of consecutive victories to ten.

Buxton’s director of rugby Karl de Groot was happy that the long trip to the East Coast went plain sailing.

He also says that the club is in a good place heading into the festive break.

“I know this might sound a bit odd, but this game had banana skin written all over it.

“It was a 250-mile round trip a few days before Christmas and we had six changes, so we set out some fairly simple objectives for the day.

“Having looked at Skegness’ stats in the week, they had been leaking an average of 60 points per game.

“So we targeted that as a milestone along with a clean sheet on the day, which if other results went our way, would see us going into the new year with the best defensive record in the league.

“We scored 11 tries on the day and didn’t really play that well, certainly not in the second half as we were 48-0 up at half-time.

“So really, had we played to our full potential with a full squad, we would have put a real cricket score on them.

“However, it’s not a bad effort.

“Ten wins on the bounce, a cup quarter-final against the Lions to come and two semi-finals in the NLD cups.

“All in all I think the guys are in fairly good spirits and will enjoy a break.

“I spoke to a lot of the guys after the game on Saturday as we had our Christmas social and a chance to chat.

“They all feel that we have moved forwards both in terms of maturity and technical ability.

“That was pleasing to hear, as the coaching team have worked really hard this year and it’s good to get some real honest feedback from the boys.”

Buxton entered the contest looking to stretch their impressive run of form in recent months.

After a nervous opening period, Buxton were soon into their stride with a quickfire brace from fly-half Mellor easing the tension.

Both scores were converted by Matt Lomas for an early 14-0 lead after a quarter of an hour.

Buxton then started to rack up the points with tries flowing in from all over the park, as they went in at the interval 48-0 up.

The second half was a rather scrappy affair and it took the visitors until halfway through to break down the Skegness defensive.

When they did, Lomas, Torrence and Cauthorn all managed to get on the score-sheet to wrap up a profitable day at the office in terms of bumping up their goal difference.

• Buxton’s next outing comes in the RFU Junior Vase, with a special occasion guaranteed for the visit of Rugby Lions at Sunnyfields.

The tie, to be played on Saturday January 3, will kick-off at 2.15pm.