May 17, 2022

Match Report: Derby Elks v Crigglestone All Blacks – 14/05/2022

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Picking themselves up from last week’s game, Derby Elks were at home but due to important work on the normal pitches we had to play our first home game at one of our satellite pitches on the Gallows Playing Fields, a wide pitch but with the temperatures a barmy mid 20 degrees that might not work in anybody’s favour after time!

Crigglestone made the journey down from Wakefield bringing a large squad and plenty of supporters coupled with local league members Sherwood Wolfhunt not having a game it ensured a decent attendance and now down to the teams to do their job and provide the spectacle.

As per last week, the opposition attempted to stamp their authority using their size in the forwards to make distance however the Derby sides defence stayed solid and rebuffed the All Blacks.

After only nine minutes the home side attached the left side with a delayed pass from Half Back George Doughty allowed Abe Su’a drift through, who in turn timed a pass to fellow Centre Sailosi Wakawaka to score to the side of the posts converted by Hooker Niall Collett.

Only five minutes later and the away team were stunned with the Elks again attacking the left side, obviously stacked but Crigglestone unable to respond, with Winger Tatenda Chirata on his first appearance of the season scoring two quick fire converted tries. 20 Minutes gone and it was Derby Elks 18 Crigglestone All Blacks 0. Long way to go yet!

Crigglestone suddenly started to make inroads, scoring three converted tries, whilst deserved we could argue that the young Elks team simply switched off and stopped communicating, tribute to them as rather than finger pointed, tucked in their shirts and got back on it.

Half Time – Derby Elks 18 Crigglestone All Blacks 18

The second half was all Derby’s, although it wasn’t helped with a quick fire sin-bining of a player from both sides then followed by the away side Prop Greensmith being sin-binned for dissent, so 5 minutes in to the half an home side with 12 and opposition with 11.

With Cyrus Griffiths dropping back to Full Back to replace Eddie Trethewey we started to see his strong tackling and tidy footwork more around the field, this week understanding where the white/yellow line was he scored his first try of the season unconverted by Collett after only eight minutes.

Collett deservedly saw an opportunity from a lazy marker to skip over the two metres to score, converted by himself. 15 minutes of the second half gone and the Elks were now leading 28 points to 18.

Griffiths doubled his tally with it being converted by Collett, with twenty minutes to go Derby were starting to get into their stride. However the opposition continued to provide a great input into the game, making valuable yardage and on a couple of occasions were very unlucky to cross the whitewash, only brave defensive tackling or poor options stopping them.

With just 6 minutes to go Chirata crossed to complete his hattrick again converted by Collett. A deserved win by the home side marking their first win in the Yorkshire Men’s League.

Final Score – Derby Elks RLFC 40 Crigglestone All Blacks ARLFC 18

Keeping a clean sheet for the second half was a great refection of the maturity of this team, they continue to grow and learn of the opposition teams. Crigglestones players were great competitors, played generally in the right spirit coming back to the club enjoying the refreshments and having a great night regardless of the result.

Ilkeston RUFC Chairmans Man of the Match going to Niall Collett who orchestrated the attaching line with the forwards and distributed valuable ball to the backs.

Next week sees us at home again however back at Ilkeston Rugby Club where we welcome Seacroft Sharks ARLFC to the Stute.

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