Our start to the season has been great. We had a solid pre season and we have hit the ground running in terms of our league campaign.
Both our 1st XV and 2nd XV started the season away at Sleaford RUFC. Our 2nd XV put up a great fight against a strong Sleaford second team, but unfortunately were just beaten. However, our 1st XV came away with a huge win from a place that a lot of teams struggle at. This was particularly pleasing as Sleaford have really been our bogey team in the league for the last couple of seasons. They beat us by a single point twice two seasons ago, and beat us by similar margin in both games last year too. This was actually the first time that we have beaten them away in many a year, if ever, so this really was a huge result for us!
This weekend was an even bigger weekend for the club in terms of its development. For the first time in about 6 years our fantastic availability allowed us to organise a 3rd XV fixture against Ashfield at home. We had a full squad of 20 players and this was a great mix of experience and youth, exactly what a 3rd XV should be. Unfortunately, Ashfield dropped out only a couple of hours before the game was scheduled to take place due to a lack of numbers. This was very frustrating as all the lads were itching for a game, but this demonstrates where we are currently at as a club, the atmosphere around the place is absolutely fantastic and people want to play for Belper!
After the disappointing start to the morning it was over to our 1st and 2nd XV’s to continue the good work they had put in the week before, with the 1st XV welcoming Spalding to Belper Rugby Club. This was our 1st XV’s first home game of the season, and was in front of a good crowd at Strutts Field. It was also against a confident Spalding team who had started their season in fine form with a 60 point win over Bakewell. The boys were absolutely awesome from the off. We had a powerful yet mobile pack of forwards which meant up front we showed the physicality that we have lacked in recent times. This gave our lightning quick backs plenty of good ball and space to play into, which lead to some great running Rugby. Things just came together nicely on the day! We blew Spalding away and ended up winning 43-5, and scored 7 tries along the way. Our 2nd XV also put in a great team performance away at Dronfield and won their first league game of the season 28-19. They travelled with a strong squad and the fact that more and more players are coming down to training week in week out really showed. Belper were far more organised than their opposition and scored some brilliant tries.
All together it was a really successful weekend for the club. We have a weekend off from league action this weekend, but we are already looking forward to 2 more league games on the 29th September. Who knows, maybe even a 3rd XV game too!
Updated 12:03 - 18 Sep 2018 by Callum Schofield