June 8, 2024

Match Report: Scarborough Pirates RL 68 Derby Eks RL 14

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Travelling the long distance on a warm day with a bare 13 was always going to be a challenge however the Elks were determined to complete as many fixtures as possible this season even if they were devoid of players at union/league cup finals and holidays!

Warm and windy day beckons but a tight warm up and a crash course of rugby league to two new players making their league debuts at the last moment Jade Karam and Josh Meakin, no time for training sessions just a baptism of fire!

Home side kindly donated a player to support the Derby side but the numerical number of a full bench for the Pirates would in these conditions always give an advantage.

Scarborough kicked off and from that moment the challenge started for the day as the kick hit the Derby player straight on the head and the ball collected by the home side immediately. Try scored in the corner, converted.

The Elks held on for the next 8 minutes, making distance up the pitch however the home side exposed the away team’s right edge with two quick converted tries. 18.0 to the home side.

The new Half Back pairing of Owen Gregory and Craig Woodason started to get some structure in place and a quick hands down the left resulted in Winger Billy Cullen accelerating past his opposite number to score in the corner, unconverted 18.4 to the Pirates.

Scarbrough Pirates crossed two more times in the space of three minutes with their Half Back settled nicely into his stride and dicatting the direction. 30.4 to the home side.

Derby continued to plug away against the Pirates, a trip on outstanding Full Back Josh Lister saw the opposite number yellow carded and a set in their thirty metres held the pressure in place for Hooker Jon Doughty to hit and spin the short distance over the line to score his 61st try for the club, converted by Daryl Sanders 30.10.

The Pirates had the last action of the half crossing again for a converted try giving a half time score of Scarborough Pirates RL 36 Derby Elks RL 10

Second half continued in a similar vein with Derby now playing up the gentle slope. It only took 4 minutes for the prop to burst over the line, converted.

The Eks were not deterred and continued to fight the field, again a wide ball from Sanders found Cullen in for his second in the corner, unconverted. 42.14 However if it wasn’t for a clear forward pass Winger could have had his hat trick immediately but not to be on this day.

Fatigue and players carrying injuries were unable to stop a well drilled home side to score another 6 tries in the remainder of the half to finish with a final score of Scarborough Pirates RL 68 Derby Elks RL 14

No major surprises with the limited match day squad, two new debutants, players out of position coupled with some having played more minutes than ever before the young Elks did the best they could, Loose Forward Alex Brown, Second Row Galway Hargreaves and Full Back Lister all putting in exceptional performances but to no avail.

Entertaining match for the healthy crowd and the Elks presented themselves on and off the field impeccably and won some respect from the home side.

Ilkeston RUFC Chairman’s man of the match Josh Lister.

Wishing Scarborough Pirates all the best until they travel to the Stute on 3rd of August and the Elks move on to Farnley Falcons RL this coming saturday looking to improve their performance and results!

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