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28th April’18 1st XV Report: Paviors 20 v 36 Derby (NLD Cup Final)

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Derby travelled the longer journey to Boston RFC to defend their NLD (3 Counties) title as Cup holders.  In constant rain driven by a cold northerly wind, both sides committed handling errors with a wet ball and especially as the ground became progressively slippery underfoot.

Buoyed by their wins over Scunthorpe and Ilkeston, Paviors started in confident mood and were rewarded with an early try by speedy winger, Alex Barton.  McGrath Van Wyk responded immediately for Derby to level the score.  Following a lineout, the Paviors drove hard in a maul and quick passing opened up a gap for Barton to score his second try.  Once again Derby drew level when George Castledine cut through a flat footed defence and when Sam Tebbs finished a forward drive with his first try of the day, Castledine converted to open up a seven points gap for Derby.  In a see saw game Paviors centre, Phill Eggleshaw burst through for a try under the posts for George Billam to convert to level the scores once again at half time.

Dan Hymans replaced Simon Moon and young Archie James replaced Jack Bates at hooker, who, as an exuberant youngster, was immediately in the faces of the opposition.  He is one to watch for the future.  However, a penalty kicked by Billam gave Paviors a psychological advantage.  While some Derby supporters showed some nervousness, the players did not.  They continued to work hard and Jack Dawson and Ryan Manning tested the Paviors defence and resolve.  Derby captain, Martin Kent, sensed his pack’s advantage and opted for scrums instead of penalties on three occasions to great effect.  At No.8, Tom Taylor-Dawes exercised good ball control securing clean possession for Derby.  In the space of ten minutes, George Castledine scored and converted his own try and Sam Tebbs brushed aside a tiring defence to score his second try, also converted by Castledine.  Josh Pearson and Jake Roome replaced Jake Barker and Oli Saffel and Oli Overman came on for Tom Taylor-Dawes as Derby took control of the game.  A quick ball from Josh Tizard released George Castledine for his third try.  Before the end, Ben Trembling made a welcome return after a long double spell off through injuries replacing Sam Pitman.

Overall Derby’s line defence was quick and decisive disrupting and stopping the Paviors attacks.  The Paviors game plan seemed to rely on direct running at the defence.  This became predictable and the Derby defence coped with it by low ankle level tackling and quick support at the breakdowns.  Clearly Derby players had reached a peak of fitness and performance.  It has to be hoped that they can start next season at the same level as competition in the Midlands Premier Division will be tougher.

Well done to all.

Match Report by Gerry Sherry

Derby RFC Team selection
1: Martin Kent
2: Jack Bates
3: Simon Moon
4: Sam Tebbs
5: Adam Parkins
6: Sam Pitman
7: Jake Barker
8: Tom Taylor-Dawes
9: Josh Tizard
10: George Castledine
11: McGrath Van Wyk
12: Jack Dawson
13: Ben Marlow
14: Ryan Manning
15: Oli Saffell
Subs:-
16: Oli Overman
17: Dan Hyams
18: Archy James
19: Josh Pearson
20: Jake Roome
21: Ben Trembling
Paviors RFC Team selection
1: Steve Allen
2: Kieran Wells
3: Adam Stirling
4: Ollie Hanson
5: Joe Crossland
6: Chris Tipton
7: Tom Walton
8: Alistair Plant
9: Cameron Graham
10: George Billam
11: Bobbie Ratcliffe
12: Phil Eggleshaw
13: Doug Billam
14: Alex Barton
15: Matt Molyneux
Subs:-
16: Jonty Green
17: Jos Flanagan
18: Josh Hall
19: Callum Mason
20: Theo Collier