August 17, 2022

Match Report: Seacroft Sharks v Derby Elks – 13/08/22

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Conditions were untypical for the British Summer with temperatures in the early 30c range all day, hydration and suncream were definitely key for all players today!

Another changed team for the Derby Elks, as holidays and union commitments continue to bite in however 17 players made the journey to the suburbs of Leeds to face the return fixture against the Seacroft Sharks.

Derby made the better start gaining momentum early on and showed their continued development. This resulted in a deft chip over on the last play of the set by Captain Joe Doughty, who caught the ball and weaved the 40 metres to score the away side’s first try.

The next 30 minutes was  a stop start event, the heat and decision making leading to all players getting frustrated coupled with a number of sin binnings, through this the home side were able to score three tries of which two were converted.

Even though the momentum was with the Sharks, the Elks had spells of domination but knock ons and early set mistakes gave the opportunity back to Seacroft. 

Half Time Seacroft Sharks RL 16 Derby Elks RL 4 

The heat above and on/off the pitch continued to rise with the start of the second half but again Derby started the better side and started to move down the pitch, a succession of penalties aided this and eventually Prop Alex Brown took a close pass and broached the Sharks whitewash, converted by Half Back Dan Wilson. The points now only 6 points difference.

Two more Seacroft scores, mainly due to tiredness from the heat and alert play by the Sharks Hooker restored a healthy lead for the home side.

Derby continued to push and work the sets and a subline run from Centre Abe Su’a from the Elks 30 metre line saw the Seacroft line broken and he managed to make it to the Sharks 10 metre line where brave defense stopped Su’a. Luckily Derby players were in close support and some deft footwork by the young Joe Acton saw him cross for an unconverted try.

Seacroft Sharks had the last say on the game with just 5 minutes to go they scored just to the side of the posts for overall a deserved victory. Derby Elks had opportunities but inexperience and some poor decision making made it difficult for them but overall the experience so far in the Yorkshire league has definitely been worthwhile and with the home side established in second place it was always going to be hard. Players being tried in different positions offers the coaches of Derby options for the remainder of the season and seasons to come.

Final score Seacroft Sharks RL 32 Derby Elks RL 14

Ilkeston RUFC Chairman’s Man of the Match was awarded to Abe Su’a but there had been a number of players in contention.

This coming weekend we welcome league leaders and fellow Midlands opposition Sherwood Wolfhunt RL to the Stute for what will hopefully be an entertaining event.

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