Buxton RUFC went down to a 24-3 defeat against Rugby Lions in the quarter-final of the RFU Junior Vase in front of a healthy Sunnyfields crowd.
The game was a perfect example of a game of two halves, with the Bucks falling away to their illustrious opponents during the second 40 minutes.
To say this cup clash pitted two level nine clubs together, there was enough quality on show to suggest both sides have the ability to play at a higher level.
The first half saw two well-structured defensive units hammering the living daylights out of each other around the fringes.
Withh the difficult footing it wasn’t too long before the inevitable penalties started to flow, with Buxton’s Matt Lomas missing the first early opportunity with a penalty wide out on the left which drifted wide.
Rugby then stepped up in terms of sharpness and a couple of shots in front of the posts gave them an early lead of 6-0 after 15 minutes.
Lomas then pounced with a penalty following some sustained pressure by Buxton, as they halved the deficit going into the interval.
The second half produced an early penalty and try from the visitors’ number eight who exploited a massive gap on a 15m scrum to score in the corner and extend the Lions’ lead to 14-3.
Another penalty followed shortly after, as Buxton’s players struggled in the conditions.
The last word was with the Lions when one of their forwards posted a converted try converted under the posts to seal cup progression.