Buccaneers 18 - 28 Wolfhunt
By Mark Cleaver
League leaders Sherwood Wolfhunt claim the spoils in a hard fought encounter.
The Buccaneers were unable to secure a victory in a keenly fought rematch with League leaders Sherwood Wolfhunt.
Coach Dearing welcomed back Marc Miles, Will Scupham and Mike Gray into the squad also giving debuts to Jake Keeton and Rory O'Sullivan. The game started well for the home side after some slick handling by the half back pairing of Nixon and Booth the ball made its way out George Baldwin on the wing. Beating two defenders Baldwin jinked his way over the line for the opening score. Confidence was high in the Buccaneers squad who moved the ball well and made good yards up the middle of the park through forwards paul lucas and Lewis Wilson. A succession of penalties against the visitors pushed the home side deep into Wolfhunt territory. Winger Jake Keeton seized on a long pass from Booth and galloped 40 metres to score in the corner increasing the home sides lead to 8-0. Unfortunately, the Wolfhunt were far from beaten and soon answered back with two tries taking the lead 10-8. The Buccaneers continued to pressure the Wolfhunt's defence and it wasn't long before Jack Wright ran a great line onto a pass from Rob Booth to score under the posts, the conversion added by Brad Nixon. With halftime fast approaching the Buccaneers were leading 14-10 but a lack in concentration and missed tackles soon let the visitors score and take back the lead 16-14.
Despite the heat the second half started at a fast pace with both teams playing great rugby but neither could finish after committing handling errors. A strong defence kept the Buccaneers in the game with Jake Keeton making several last gasp try saving tackles. A combination of powerful running and penalties left the home side only metres from the Wolfhunt line, and despite some stifling tackling from the visitors quick hands from Croker, Booth and Wright allowed Michael Gray to dive over in the corner. With 10 minutes left the Buccaneers led the game 18 - 16 alas, fatigue, handling errors and injuries ultimately took their toll on the home side allowing the Wolfhunt to score three unanswered tries closing out the game 28-18 winners. Man of the match for the Buccaneers was Jake Keeton.
Buccaneers: Hummel, Baldwin, Croker, Nixon, Booth, Kippax, Lucas, Fox, Keeton, O'Sullivan, Philpott, Key, Wright, Wilson, Scupham, Harmston, Miles, Piggins Walker, Gray.