June 6, 2022

Match Report: Nottingham Outlaws A v Derby Elks – 03/06/2022

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A pleasant Friday evening at Nottingham Outlaws Lenton Lane ground for a lights on festival of rugby league saw the first outing for the young Derby Elks side in the Merit league.

An opportunity for those new to the game to gain valuable experience around the more experienced. Including 4 players making their league and club debuts and one returning after a number of season away.

Baptism of fire for some as within the first 10 minutes Outlaws had scored two well worked tries and the away side were 10.0 down.

Shake of the head, some calming words and it was time to start putting into practice some of the work we had been doing in training these last eight weeks. Immediately this resulted in some structured driving up the middle by the forwards and the Bayleigh Weir getting the ball 40 yards from the Outlaws line, firstly meandering and then putting his for down to score in the corner. 10.4

Four minutes later Half Back Liam Gavin timed his pass to let Centre Lewis Thompson to glide through to score, converted by Gavin 10.10. The momentum was slowly moving but Outlaws continued to ask questions but the Elks defence resisted.

From the Outlaws kick off some slick movement up the left side through Tatenda Chirata and Sailosi Wakawaka released debutant Fred Chell to break and score his first try for the club between the posts. Converted by Gavin. 10.16 to Derby Elks.

Just before half time we saw another almost replica break by Weir with the same result, unconverted. 10.20

With just a few minutes to go Captain Owen Gregory drove over the line with an opportunist aplomb to score his first try of the seasons.

Half Time – Nottingham Outlaws A 10 Derby Elks 24

Edgy first five minutes from both sides but the right flank of Thompson and Toni Fabris attacked the Outlaws and the gap allowing Fabris to score his first try for the club, converted by Gavin. 10.30

Outlaws were still not out of the game and were rewarded with a converted try after 12 minutes of the second half. 16.30.

Baleigh Weir completed his hatrick on 62nd minute of the game again converted by Gavin. 16.36

Outlaws bounced back to score an unconverted try but Derbys speedster Chirata grabbed a try in the dying minutes, unconverted 20.40

A great performance from both teams, Derby Elks players learned lots, made mistakes, plenty of positives from the game, New players Reece Downes, Fred Chell and brothers Fred and Joe Acton all outstanding. In fact Joe entering the field early for the injured Ellis Jackson made such an impact that we was awarded the Ilkeston RUFC Chairman’s Man of the Match award.

Captain Gregory at the end of the game was extremely proud and impressed by all the players showing resilience after that first 10 minutes to them pick themselves up and compete well with a good young Outlaws side.

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