July 20, 2021

Derby Elks Devs triumph over Outlaws A’s.

This Sunday was a bonus weekend for Ilkeston rugby club as they hosted for the first time Nottingham Caesars American football team and also had Derby Elks Development team playing our neighbours Nottingham Outlaws A. Busy day, loud and great to see plenty of people bustling around wanting to enjoy the sunshine and be entertained.
The rugby league spectators didn’t have to wait long as within the first couple of minutes the Outlaws winger Xavier Thompson was given the outside and took it to score in the corner, Derby playing uphill appeared to be still in the changing room or sunbathing! This soon changed with a number of tackles to the left of the post Hooker Jon Doughty barged his way through a player to score from a couple of yards, converted by Niall Collett. Collett on early due to a work emergency to Liam Gavin this coupled with losing Loose Forwards Lewis Elliman to a slight head injury it was imperative that the inexperienced players gelled with the interchanges quickly.

Outlaws almost replicated the move again soon after the kick off, seeing Thompson break the defence to run and score under the posts, converted by Jamie Muggleton. Derby Elks 6 Nottingham Outlaws 10.

Didn’t stay those scores for long as a deft kick from Joshua Jackson to his brother Ellis on the wing allowed him to score his fourth try of the season. Converted by Collett. The next try came from constant pressure from the Elks and saw a quick play of the ball and Collett picked up and stretched out to score. Converting his own try. Score was now Derby Elks 18 Nottingham Outlaws 10.

Water break came and allowed both teams to take a moment as the pace in this heat had been immense and highly unlikely to continue as all players suffered. Restart came and an uncharacteristic defensive set saw a turnover in the Elks twenty metres. Thomposn slipped straight through two players as if not there to score out wide again completing his hat trick. Conversion missed but Nottingham continued to be in the game.

Last ten minutes of the half saw the home side put on some quality team rugby showing support, firstly Joshua Jackson broke the line fed a couple of players before Joe Doughty sprinted off for his first try of the day, conversion missed. Almost immediately hands left stretched the away team which allowed a complete reversal play right for Full Back Craig Woodason to register his return to playing after injury with first try of the season. Conversion missed.

Half time Derby Elks Development 26 Nottingham Outlaws A 14

Second half Derby were now playing down hill, first quarter of the half was relatively level with energy levels recharged but two lapses to concentration by the Outlaws firstly saw Thomas Lewis break a tackle and race down the right hand of the field, converted by Collet. This was quickly followed by a try by Centre Joshua Jackson who at this point had moved to Second Row again converted by Collett. The game was starting to slip away from Nottingham and Derby were equally getting into their stride however Outlaws quickly reminded them they had to continue to work. Derby lost their shape as the Outlaws moved the ball left and right, a lapse in concentration allowed Thompson to score his fourth try of the game again converted by Muggleton. Score was now Derby Elks Development 38 Nottingham Outlaws A 20.
Final shortened quarter saw a quick fire double from Joe Doughty allowing him to complete his second hat trick of the season, Joshua Jackson grabbed another converted by Collett and a break from Stephen Hunt with a quick offload allowed Half Back George Doughty to score between the posts, sadly this conversion was missed.

Final score Derby Elks Development 56 Nottingham Outlaws A 20

A great match on the day, weather was hot and the spectators witnessed two good teams play a high standard of rugby. The Ilkeston RUFC Man of the match could have gone to a number of players but Captain Dean Chapman decided it should go to new Prop Jack Percival making his debut at home. Spirit of the game as always was great and always great to see the Nottingham boys and we wish them all the best for the remainder of the season.


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