Buxton Rugby Club can be proud of their efforts last Saturday as they made their maiden outing in the fourth annual Matlock 10s tournament.
Buxton were drawn in a ‘group of death’ which included last year’s champions Paviors, Derby and Lincoln – all teams playing several leagues above their level.
Not only did Buxton not disgrace themselves in the opening game against Lincoln, they shocked their opposition by scoring two early tries. Lincoln eventually just out-scored Buxton in a very even contest.
The next game against Paviors was a completely different affair with the difference in class being apparent. Paviors dominated the first half, scoring several tries, but Buxton came back towards the end of the second half and responded with an outstanding score of their own.
The final group game was against Derby, who fielded a young quick side.
Buxton dominated the territory and possession, just failing to make the final pass go to hand. Although breaking through to score on several occasions, Derby out-scored Buxton via a number of breakaway tries.
Buxton qualified for the quarter-finals of the plate competition, where they faced Matlock’s second team.
Buxton gained an early lead and managed to convincingly hold on to book their place in the semis against Burton 2nds, again a club playing several leagues higher than Buxton.
The game was a close encounter with both teams tied at two scores each at half time.
Burton ended up eventual winners, out-scoring Buxton by a couple of tries in the second half, but knew that they had been involved in a hard-fought game.
Buxton can be proud of their efforts and their ambition to play a new, more expansive style of rugby.