Friday night rugby came to Haslams and a large crowd gathered in anticipation of a fine game.
Derby made one change to the starting XV that had drawn with Broadstreet, bringing in Gabriel Kady at hooker, while Louis Hicks returned after injury to a place on the bench.
On a cold, dry night, Burton kicked off with a grubber kick and 4 minutes later had the lead, with a successful penalty kick.
After 8 minutes, Burton lost a player to the sin bin. Derby took advantage of the extra man 5 minutes later. They kept the ball through multiple phases and Josh Bingham touched down.
2 minutes later, Derby coughed up possession and Burton swept downfield to score a converted try.
Burton extended their lead with a penalty after 22 minutes.
7 minutes before half time Derby scored their 2nd try. Derby overpowered the Burton scrum and Luke Willmott scored his 3rd try of the season. McGrath Van Wyk converted.
It was McGrath Van Wyk who took Derby into the lead, 2 minutes before the break, when he created the extra man on the opposite wing and scored.
As the half drew to a close, Burton scored again, when they cleverly touched the ball against the base of the posts. The successful conversion made the score 20 – 17 to Burton at the break.
Derby were certainly well in the game at this stage, but the 2nd half did not go to plan.
Burton scored a converted try after just 4 minutes.
50 minutes had elapsed when a Derby pass was intercepted and a free run to the line saw another converted try, putting Burton 17 points clear.
Derby struggled to get any foothold in the game as Burton kept them pinned back in their own half.
Derby were completely dominant in the scrums, but were unable to make this advantage count as the Burton backs snuffed out any attacks and used their pace to make ground every time they had the ball.
A penalty extended the lead.
As the game entered injury time, Derby were pressing for a 4th try and the crumb of comfort a bonus point would bring, but the ball was lost again and Burton picked up to sprint away and score another converted try.
Burton thoroughly deserved their win.
Derby travel to Syston next week, looking for points to avoid a relegation battle.
Come on Derby !
Match Report by Richard Bambra