Buxton RUFC in confident form ahead of crunch clashes

Buxton RUFC triumphed 15-10 against Tupton.
Buxton RUFC triumphed 15-10 against Tupton.

Director of rugby Karl de Groot was delighted that his side picked up a maiden win of 2015 - in treacherous conditions at Sunnyfields - as they beat Tupton 15-10.

The area was hit by hail, rain and wind and de Groot says his side did what they had to do in difficult circumstances.

He said: “The conditions were truly dreadful, some of the worst I have seen.

“So, in that respect it was never going to be a spectacular game of rugby.

“The fact that we even tried to play some rugby is testament to our current attacking philosophies.”

The victory sees the Bucks move to within eight points of league leaders Belper in Midlands 4 East (North).

De Groot says the next two clashes, against the top two Ashfield and Belper, will prove crucial in deciding where Buxton finish the season.

He added: “We are unbeaten in the league since October and if we can close out the next two games, we have a real chance of progressing to the next level.”

Tupton started the day a point in front of Buxton and, having lost in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, were keen to avenge that defeat.

However, Buxton were soon into their stride in the atrocious conditions, endeavouring to play some expansive rugby which very nearly paid off with Sircar sprinting 30 metres only to mistime a try-scoring pass to Mellor on the inside.

Lomas gave the hosts an early 3-0 lead through a penalty before another fumble, this time by Waine, ensured the Bucks’ lead remained slender.

Lomas then missed another penalty before Buxton finally found some ruthlessness and scored the first try of the afternoon.

Second row Hay burst through and Lomas made amends from his earlier error to make it 10-0 to the hosts.

Tupton soon found some form and a great breakaway try just before the interval made it 10-7.

The second half was all Tupton, with the wind in their favour, and it wasn’t long before parity was restored via a penalty.

With time ticking down a draw looked on the cards but Buxton ramped up the pressure and earned a win which could prove crucial.

Sircar made amends for his earlier gaffe by off-loading to captain Waine who secured the win.

Saturday sees Buxton travel to Ashfield.