Rugby League: Bulls get back to winning ways as they overcome Derby

Action from Buxton Bulls (black) against Derby City.
Action from Buxton Bulls (black) against Derby City.

The Buxton Bulls put aside the heartache of the previous week’s defeat with a 45-30 victory over a spirited Derby side.

Bulls were quick out of the blocks and Mark Innes side-stepped a couple of defenders to score out wide, converted by josh Hope.

A couple of minutes later Ben Austin was on the scoresheet after a strong drive, again converted by Hope for 12-0.

Looking shell-shocked Derby soon sparked into life to halve the deficit.

With both teams cancelling each other out a moment of genius from Cammy Oates saw him set Ryan Sircar free to race half the length of the field to score in the corner.

Derby roared back once more and scored two quick tries just before half-time to make it 16-16 at the break.

The Bulls started the second half with the wind behind them and McGuigan caused chaos with the kick-off that resulted in the Bulls getting control of the ball.

It wasn’t long before Austin crashed over once more to propel the Bulls six points in front.

With the hosts now on a high, some strong running by Edwards and Pullen got them within a couple of yards which enabled Cammy Oates to dive over from close range for an easy score, converted by Hope to make it 28-16.

However, complacency once again set in and Derby hit back twice to make it 28-26.

Innes then raced away and extended the lead before Sircar’s explosive pace saw him complete his hat-trick with Hope converting for 44-26.

With the Bulls now trying to run the clock down, quick thinking from McGuigan saw him pop over a drop goal to keep the scoreboard ticking over 45-26.

A mistake from the resulting kick-off saw the visitors retrieve the ball and manage to grab a consolation try to make the final score 45-30 to the Bulls

Cammy Oates, aged 17, was voted man of the match.

This Saturday sees the Bulls make the long trip over to Coventry to take on the undefeated Dragons in what promises to be a tough encounter but one that the Bulls feel they may be able to take something from if they can improve their performances.