Buxton RUFC dig deep to record win ahead of semi-final clash

Buxton face Worksop this weekend in the cup.
Buxton face Worksop this weekend in the cup.

Buxton director of Rugby Karl de Groot was delighted with his side’s “gritty” 20-15 win over East Retford.

The Bucks had to dig in to secure the victory against a physical, well-drilled side.

“East Retford away was always going to be a tough encounter,” said de Groot.

“So the fact that we won and recorded both home and away wins against them shows our progress.

“We produced a gritty performance against a good side with a committed group of players, so that’s really pleasing.”

The first period of the half was a rather fractious affair with both sides looking nervous and repeatedly spilling the ball.

Matt Lomas gave Buxton an early advantage when crossed over before Retford levelled up just before the break after breaking through the Bucks’ defence.

The hosts struck first in the second half with a long-range penalty to narrowly edge 8-5 in front.

Buxton responded with some real quality driving play and Sircar hit back to make it 8-8 with a penalty.

The two teas continued to cancel each other out until hooker Dan Lomas broke away to set James Arthur up, and Arthur sprinted 30 metres to finish under the posts.

Retford then picked up another card and Buxton extended the lead, taking advantage of the extra man for Newbourne to scoot in.

Sircar then kicked successfully to open up a healthy 12-point lead with just five minutes remaining.

Keen to pick up a bonus point, Buxton tried to work the ball out of their own 22 following a Retford infringement but they were soon isolated and ended up gifting a sloppy try to Retford right at the death.

Buxton travel to Worksop in the NLD Cup semi-final this Saturday.