Dominant display against local rivals

University of Salford ‘NWL’

Division Five South

Buxton RUFC 2nd XV 45

Congleton RUFC 2nd XV 0

FOLLOWING last week’s 21-0 win over Bowden, Buxton 2nd XI skipper B Kirten inspired his squad to another emphatic win.

Buxton fielded a mix of youth and experience, all of whom worked well together. Some swift work from scrum half Ritchie released C Thyer from flanker. He outpaced the defence for a glorious 40-metre run-in to score. Pepper slotted the conversion.

More hard graft in midfield from R Burton and T Austin secured clean ball. J DeGroot and I Sanderson drove into Congleton’s half with some strong running. The ball left Pepper to Hooker Scrimshaw, who after making a 20-metre break drew the defender before releasing A Davies on the wing. His marker was no match and Davis touched down under the posts. Pepper converted.

Buxton were dominant in the line-out and also in the scrummages. C Rabbitts produced some textbook moves, and some more unorthodox methods of securing the loose ball.

E Davies was a constant thorn in Congleton’s side, upsetting any rhythm they tried to establish. Buxton were winning 80 per cent of these plays.

After the Congleton restart, Rabbitts gathered on his own 22-metre line and immediately popped the ball to T S-Jervis. A direct line towards Congleton’s stand off, a side step and a quality “show and go” left them trailing in his wake. He had the vision to slip the ball to Thyer, whose younger legs concluded a superb try under the sticks.

Pepper from stand off made his own try next. Good work by the Buxton forwards sucked in the defence, allowing Pepper plenty of room to score to increase Buxton’s lead.

T Edge increased the lead further as he came in from his wing to take a half chance and develop it. The first half finished with Thyer completing his maiden hat-trick for the Seconds with another typical run. This was created by B Austin at full back. He gathered the ball and, after beating four defenders, passed to Thyer who gratefully accepted.

Austin was now running things at the back, and with DeGroots ever impressive displays, Buxton’s back three looked formidable. After the break, and with the wind at Buxton’s back, a little of the first half impetus was lost. Even when reduced to 14 after Davies committed an uncharacteristic rucking infringement, Congleton could not register.

The introduction of Morris, Weir and Storer steadied the ship. Storer stole the ball for fun and Morris showed his pace, while another replacement, Harold Gould, looked devastating with the ball in hand.

Grant broke up any Congleton attacks, while Davies and Scrimshaw were unlucky not to score after excellent ruck and maul work. Edge finished off the scoring to cement a brilliant win.

Buxton: E Davies, Scrimshaw, Rabbitts, Burton, Kirten (c), Thyer, T Austin, T S-Jervis, J Ritchie, Pepper, DeGroot, I Sanderson, Edge, A Davies, B Austin. Replacements: Weir, A Morris, H Gould, Storer.