Buxton RUFC get back to winning ways

Buxton RUFC
Buxton RUFC

Buxton director of rugby Karl de Groot was pleased his side got the job done at Bingham, despite a below-par showing.

“I think it was important that we got back to winning ways on Saturday,” said de Groot after his side overcame Bingham 31-6.

“We won in difficult conditions and the performance wasn’t particularly one to be remembered, but we achieved what we set out to do, which was to win and secure a bonus point.

“So in that respect it was a job well done.

“I think that Christmas and more recently the bad weather break has disrupted our continuity somewhat and rather than playing as a unit we are relying too heavily currently on individual players producing moments of brilliance, rather than units performing, which is disappointing frankly but we are where we are.

“We have had some real issues now for around six weeks with a lack of continuity of players, both in training and on Saturdays.

“This has resulted in some fairly scrappy games, which we have won due to the calibre of certain individuals rather than winning through a structured approach.”

Buxton made hard work of a fairly simple away trip to Bingham at the weekend but came away with a bonus point win.

It was secured in difficult conditions as the Bucks showed true grit to earn an important victory.

Bingham started the brighter belying there lowly league position with some dominant forward play in the first ten minutes.

This was broken only by an individual try by Greg Mellor, with the visitors’ Ryan Sircar converting to open up a 7-0 lead with 12 minutes on the stopwatch.

Bingham hit back on the half-hour mark with Buxton struggling to gain any foothold in the game to make the score 7-3 to the visitors.

Sircar was next to score for Buxton in the far corner with a scathing run, converted himself, shortly after adding a penalty to give a bit of breathing space at 17 – 3.

But once more Bingham hit back.

This time it was along-range penalty to make it 17 – 6 as the two sides went into the break.

The second half was dominated by Bingham.

Buxton were becoming careless and infringing repeatedly.

This earned them several yellow cards, and a red for some dubious foul play, reducing them to 13 men for a short period of the game.

This was, you sense, Bingham’s chance to go for the kill but instead it was the reduced Bucks who came out fighting to end the game as a contest.

The half was rounded off with two classy tries.

The first was scored by Newbourne, the second from Mellor for his brace.

Sircar converted both to top up his individual tally for the day to 13 points.