Buxton 1st XV 53, Port Sunlight 1st XV 5
A stunning first-half performance saw Buxton get their league campaign off and running with an emphatic win over Port Sunlight.
This Buxton display featured strong running, quick passing, good lines of running and some heavyweight tackling.
Passing out of the tackle, a technique worked on in pre-season, paid dividends and gained Buxton valuable ground as they ploughed up the field.
P Campbell ran the show from scrum half. He broke for the line but was held up just short. Support in the form of Edge and Lomas was quick to arrive. Lomas gathered to dive over for the first try.
I Scott made a good start linking with J De Groot, breaking out from their own half and sweeping through the Port defence for the latter to touch down.
A Holliday showed his skill with ball in hand as he jinked around confounding any attempts to stop him. A try was the inevitable result.
G Ives helped himself to a fine try starting in Buxton’s 22m. F-Bulger popped the ball to G Passey who beat his man giving him the space to release Ives for the score.
The pack, not to be outdone, was doing all the bread and butter work all over the park. S Hodgson R McCoy and J Lomas were rampant. Quick off-loading secured good ground for the loose forwards to keep the upper hand.
Scott had to be withdrawn through injury, but not before he scored a couple of outstanding tries.
A magnificent line-out take by S Edge set-up the second after some clever line-out shortening took place.
These scores clearly took their toll. This brought P Storer into the fray. His mauling and tackling raised the bar. The rest followed suit.
Port threatened a couple of times, but good defence from G Mellor and M Pullen halted any try-scoring ambitions. C Rabbitts at prop was rejuvenated; a 10m break by him was the highlight of his season so far.
Full back Bartrum joined the line to make the overlap time after time. His reading of the game kept Port on the back foot. Excellent out of hand kicking by Bartrum and F-Bulger kept Port pinned down.
After the break, G Mellor scored a superb try after showing some electric pace on the wing.
T Waters came on and made an instant impression. He pounced on a Port mistake, and with some fancy footwork flicked the ball into his hands before racing half the length of the pitch to score under the posts.
S Meek came on for Rabbitts and dovetailed nicely into the front row. His technique shored thing up as Port began to become a little ragged in the scrummage. Ives doubled his tally with another score coming from sixth phase ball involving every player.
Port, however, did score a consolation try of their own near the full time whistle, testament to their attitude.