Rampant Bulls lift maiden trophy

Buxton Bulls Rugby League players celebrate their maiden trophy win.
Buxton Bulls Rugby League players celebrate their maiden trophy win.

Buxton Bulls lifted their first piece of silverware after triumphing over Cadishead Rhinoes 38-30 in the Simon Annis Memorial Trophy.

In doing so the Bulls maintained their terrific 100% record, with a tenth consecutive victory.

The Bulls travelled to Manchester to compete for the trophy in memory of Fusilier Simon Annis of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 by a roadside bomb while out on patrol.

The game started with the visitors making an early mistake, allowing the opposition to capitalise and score the opening try.

Not to be outdone though, Buxton stormed straight up the other end and Ben Austin powered through three defenders to level the scores.

Tom Bell then outpaced chasing defenders to score under the posts as Bulls took the lead.

Scott Robinson then used his superior size and strength to skittle a cluster of Cadishead defenders en route to the line, as Buxton increased their advantage.

Ian Scott then forced an error from the hosts, allowing Bell to touch down his second score of the day.

Rhinos did pull back a try after a lapse of concentration from Buxton, but Scott restored the lead after fending off defenders to score out wide.

There was enough time left in the half for Bell to complete his hat-trick of tries.

The second half started a totally different game, with the Rhinos piling on the pressure and Buxton giving away penalties and also making numerous mistakes.

The pressure told in the end as the hosts started to run in with unanswered points.

However, once they had soaked up the pressure Buxton managed to hit their opponents on the counter.

Lee Orton took advantage to pounce for his first try of the season, as the Bulls secured the trophy.