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Buxton 29 - 21 Mansfield

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016 09:51pm
Oak Tree, Mansfield
By Sports Reporter
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A profligate Mansfield gave up a 21-10 lead in a thirty minute spell of the second half to give Buxton a hard earned victory in a hugely entertaining game. 

Although the visitors had all the early pressure and an opportunity to take the lead from the kicking tee, it was the home side who struck first with a penalty as the first quarter drew to a close. 

That lead didn’t last too long as a well worked midfield backs move saw Alex Miles, in his first game of rugby for a year, Slip the ball inside for Joe Ducker to step two defenders and dot down under the posts. Miles converted to give Mansfield the lead 7-3. 

However not to be outdone, some good forward work by the home pack produced swift ball and following three more phases Buxton regained the lead with a try of their own as the scoreboard read 10-7. 

Again Mansfield struck back and determined to have the final say of the half the Mansfield pack produced some great drives of their own and it was veteran Hooker Lee Kirk who emerged from the pile of bodies to claim the blue and whites second try. The half ended with Mansfield 14-10 in front and looking as though they were starting to exert some authority. 

The visitors lead was further extended just after half time when a wayward pass just inside Mansfield’s half was intercepted by young Winger Jack Sibecko who left everyone in his wake on the way to the posts. The conversion from Miles ensured a 21-10 score and seemingly unassailable lead. 

Buxton had other ideas though and to their credit they didn’t panic and played a simple but effective game clawing their way back to claim a try after 15 minutes of the half had elapsed bringing the score to 17-2. Then a further penalty on the half hour mark brought the score to a tantalising 22-21 with just ten minutes to go. 

With five of those ten minutes played Mansfield did have the chance to regain the lead but a penalty kick bounced agonisingly off the upright much to the delight of the home support. More agony and more delight followed in equal measure as Buxton crossed the line again claiming the delight leaving Mansfield with the agony, as the conversion brought the score to 29-21 denying the visitors what would have been a well-earned losing bonus point. 

Mansfield host Burntwood RFC in the National Provincial Cup competition this weekend and the Kick-off is 2.30pm. You can follow the action on Twitter, just go to @MansfieldRugby.

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