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Buxton RUFC round off league campaign with home win

Buxton 1st XV v Rolls Royce (purple)
Buxton 1st XV v Rolls Royce (purple)

Buxton overcame Rolls Royce 10-0 at Sunnyfields in the last league game of the season.

Both teams were only separated by one place in the league and Rolls had beaten Buxton in the first game of the season away and having only lost to two other sides all season, the Bucks were keen to return to winning ways.

Buxton 1st XV v Rolls Royce (purple)

Buxton 1st XV v Rolls Royce (purple)

Buxton dominated the early exchanges with some really aggressive big hits around the contact area, in particular, Austin, Waine and Storer were leading the way ensuring a regular supply of ball for the backs and denying the opposition the opportunity to play.

To the opposition’s credit, their defensive structure was difficult to break down and it took until the last minute of the first half for Buxton to cross the line.

Storer crashed over from close range, and Sircar converted for a 7-0 interval lead.

Play resumed with Buxton now playing against a fairly stiff breeze and play continued as with the first half, Buxton dominating.

Buxton 1st XV v Rolls Royce (purple)

Buxton 1st XV v Rolls Royce (purple)

Building on field position Buxton’s pack earned a penalty, a rare one at that and Sircar slotted it home with a fine chipped kick for a 10-0 lead after 50 minutes.

The hosts were now building waves of pressure but all too often saw the last pass go to ground for the score and against the wind were playing most of the rugby.

Rolls had a brief spell of possession ten minutes from the end but some fine defensive work from the Buxton team as a whole kept them out as they ensured a solid victory on the final day.

The result means Buxton finish fourth in the league standings.

This Saturday sees the Bucks host Castle Donnington in the semi-final of the Derbyshire Cup (3pm).