In wet and rainy conditions, Derby started in confident mood after last week’s heavy defeat. It was largely the same selection with Sam Thompson and Luke Frixou replacing the unavailable Peter Wilcox and Sam Tebbs. The return of Luke Willmott at No.8 was to prove significant.
After only two minutes Josh Tizard cut through the defence and sprinted over for a try converted by George Castledine. Try as Bournville did with a heavier pack, they could not gain an advantage over a determined and hardworking Derby pack. The effectiveness of props Kent and Parkins was manifest and a strike against the head in an early scrum was just reward.
Thanks to the dominance of their pack, Derby enjoyed a plentiful supply of ball for the backs. A good passing move took play to the Visitors’ line where the Derby forwards in marauding mode were awarded a penalty try without the need to convert. Bournville winger, Oliver, was sent to the Bin.
An ankle tap tackle by Ryan Manning brought down an attacker almost clear of the Derby defence.
Just before half time Derby showed confidence in kicking for a lineout near the Bournville line instead of going for the 3 points. Having sucked in the defence, the ball was quickly passed along the line to McGrath Van Wyk who touched down under the posts having taken inside pass from Ben Marlow. George Castledine converted to give Derby a deserved 21 points lead at the interval.
Liam Moloney replaced Charlie Barker at second row but it was Bournville who restarted more energetically with the accurate kicking of stand-off, McGahan, proving influential. Centre, Whybrow, squeezed through for a try in the corner which McGahan did well to convert. He also converted their second try to narrow the gap to just 7 points.
At this stage Derby had been kicking too much possession away and changed tactics with Luke Willmott committing several defenders every time he got the ball taking it over the gain line, thus creating a platform for attack by Derby. His efforts were rewarded when he crossed the line and later Josh Tilford barged his way over to confirm a Bonus Point win. Both tries were converted by George Castledine to move Derby up to fifth place in the league.
Luke Willmott had a excellent game and was well supported by Luke Frixou who also made a valuable contribution.
Next week it is away to Market Rasen in the quarter finals of the NLD Three Counties Cup. Your support will be warmly welcomed.
Match Report by Gerry Sherry
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