Sherwood Wolf Hunt enjoyed a 74-40 win over Buxton Bulls on Saturday but were made to work hard for the points as Bulls battled back late in the game.
Playing at Slant Lane, the home of Woodhouse RFC in Mansfield Woodhouse, the Wolf Hunt looked the part and ready for a battle, as each game versus the Bulls in the Wolf Hunt’s short life has been just that.
The game started with the Bulls going in under the sticks after the Wolf Hunt gave up the ball easily to lead 6-0 within two minutes.
This woke up the Wolf Hunt who responded with three quick tries from Oliver, Michael Allen and Ed Simmons, close the sticks, and within 15 minutes they were 16 -6 up.
The Wolf Hunt were in charge with excellent running from prop Ben Lee, centre Allen and veteran hooker Glenn Holt, who came out with a near man of the match performance and a brace of tries. Only injury hindered his game time.
At half-time the Bulls were hanging on at 36-16, the Wolf Hunt battering their limited numbers with big runs and some great ball handling.
But several errors with the ball and unnecessary penalties given away allowed the Bulls a look in as their forwards kept them in contention with tough defence and great running.
The second-half started well for the Wolf Hunt with the pack running hard to the Bulls and they soon racked up another 20 points from Allen, Simmons and new boy Nick Moore at centre who also gained a brace.
For the Bulls, as their stand off and captain kept them in the game with some great running and two tries in the last 15 minutes under the sticks.
The Wolf Hunt had done enough but allowed the Bulls back into the game some missed tackles.
Against a full squad, the tale may have been different. The Wolf Hunt are developing as a squad and looking good for the future, but with Buxton having only 13 to choose from and working tirelessly in both attack and defence they deserve the plaudits.
The Wolf Hunt take on Rutland Rabbitohs in an away friendly next week and then a have a top of the table clash against Leicester away the following week.