June 20, 2021

Derby Elks continue their unbeaten run with a win over Outlaws

Following on from last week’s away win at NEW Ravens, the Development side were on their travels again but this time a shorter distance to Nottingham Outlaws RL ground. What was to be a double header with the Outlaws first team playing East Hull sadly saw the away team absent so the crowd of Outlaws faithful were entertained with this early kick off.

A buoyant Elks team had the majority of the play for the first ten minutes however the home side simply blew the Derby players away, building on Derby’s mistakes and scoring two tries of which one was converted in this period. Attacks failed, loose defence and a couple of penalties, this could be a long day!

The Elks settled, a knock on in the Outlaws 20 metres, saw a couple of drives and hooker Jon Doughty made the short distance over the line from lapse marker play. Converted by Joshua Jackson. The next twenty minutes were honours even with both sides making gains only to not execute the sets properly. 

Second row Lewis Sturgess had a mixed last ten minutes of the half, making a 15 metre break down the left side to score an unconverted try in the corner. Then on the moment of the referees half time whistle a late tackle on the Outlaws Half back saw the Derby Elks down to 12 players for the next 10 minutes of the game. 

Half Time Nottingham Outlaws A 10 Derby Elks Development 10.

Captain Dean Chapman rotated the players around freshening the team up with the replacements, Paul Crick returned for his first league rugby in over three season and started to find his feet with immediate effect.

The second half saw a quick double of tries by the away side, firstly a rapid long left pass from Loose Forward Joe Doughty found Centre Ellis Jackson running the perfect line to break the line and score over the white wash, this was immediately from the kick off by WInger Tatenda Chirata building on last weeks performance to finally make some space and break the tiring Outlaws line to score just right of the posts. Both tries converted by Jackson. This saw the game with Derby leading 22.10. A great position especially with them still playing with 12 players.

Nottingham Outlaws then took the upper hand for the next fifteen minutes, creating repeat results either from mistakes or penalties and through very similar back moves scored two unconverted tries. This put the match Outlaws 18 Elks 22. The momentum was definitely with the home side and a reset was desperately required by the young Derby side.

Derby had defended strongly each to a man, Jake Pilgrim, Sturgess, Ed Brown, Chapman, the Doughtys and the Jacksons all putting their bodies in there, this was complemented by the other team mates with Cyrus Griffiths standing out for tackling and ball return. 

Half backs Joshua Jackson and Vice Captain George Doughty led the structure very well and the result was sealed as George entered the Outlaws half, handed off one player and then broke through to others to score his first try for Derby Elks RL, converted by his Brother Joe.

Final score Nottingham Outlaws A 18 Derby Elks Development 28

A very competitive game, played in the right spirit and great hospitality from the hosts. Results at times could have gone either way but Derby maintained their 100% start to the season.

The Ilkeston RUFC Chairman’s man of the match award went to George Doughty.

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