Rugby Union: Buxton batter Cleethorpes

Buxton Rugby first XV v Cleethorpes (yellow)
Buxton Rugby first XV v Cleethorpes (yellow)

Buxton’s director of rugby was beaming after a 63-0 win over Cleethorpes.

Karl de Groot said it was ‘the most complete performance of the season’ after watching his side tear apart a disjointed Cleethorpes team.

Buxton Rugby first XV v Cleethorpes (yellow)

Buxton Rugby first XV v Cleethorpes (yellow)

The victory never looked in danger for the Bucks, as they romped to a heavy margin of victory with a performance that bodes well for the run-in.

“I think that was our most complete performance of the season,” said de Groot.

“We have had the opportunity to work as a squad over the last few weeks, as well as looking at individual skill sets.

“Our forwards provided a real platform for the backs and they frankly ripped the opposition to pieces, in a real display of wide running rugby.

Buxton Rugby first XV v Cleethorpes (yellow)

Buxton Rugby first XV v Cleethorpes (yellow)

“Had we executed our ball retention a bit better in the first half then it would have been a real rout.”

“I have no doubt from what I have seen this season that the Buxton squad is the best in our league, player for player.

“We are well positioned for next season. We just need to add a couple of players in the off season to beef up the pack a bit and we will mount a real challenge.”

This league and NLD cup double-header was a must win for Buxton.

A high clearance kick from Cleethorpes was caught by Lomas who slipped the ball inside to Mellor who made the break putting centre Newborn away in the right corner for an early opening try.

Next on the scoresheet was Lomas who crashed over in the corner with ease.

Buxton’s forwards were dominating and it wasn’t long before number eight Wain started a move which ended with Holland scoring under the posts, converted by Sircar.

Newborn then added a try before Mellor went over soon after.

Torrance and Wagstaffe ran strong all afternoon, and with some unselfish play Holland was put in twice more to secure his hat-trick.

Mellor then followed suit and secured his treble before man-of-the-match Josh Rees evaded numerous tackles before adding a score of his own.

The last word went to Lomas who darted under the posts from halfway to cap a resounding victory.

Buxton are in league action on Saturday, away at East Retford.