Buxton RUFC’s director of rugby says his side must learn to stop ‘beating themselves’ after they were beaten 32-2 by Belper.
Buxton showed little composure throughout the team, no structure and, at times, little real desire to take the points as Belper cruised to a comfortable win.
Karl Degroot said: “The boys didn’t really show any level of composure througout the game.
“We had the rub of the green this week, but were not able really to capitailise on the amount of possession that we had, mainly to poor decision making, resulting in a considerable amount of ball being turned over.
“Our early season form suggested that we would be difficult to beat, currently we seem intent on beating ourselves.
“Once we sort that out, I am sure the boys will return to winning ways, as I havent really seen any side yet in the league that can live with the recently missing Buxton and that’s not fantasy.
“I think anyone that watched early on in the season would agree, so it’s all rarther difficult to work out.”
Belper took an early lead with a penalty and try as Buxton tried to run the ball out from their own 22, losing possession and gifting Belper the score for a 8-0 lead after only eight minutes.
The next try was wide out on the right for Belper after another Buxton mistake after they turned the ball over allowing Belper to go over in the cormer for a 13-0 lead on 30 minutes.
Matt Lomas gave Buxton their first score with a long range penalty from 35m to make it 13 - 3 and 35m was about as close as Buxton got as Belper comfortably controlled the game.
A slightly reinvigorated 10 minutes after the break saw Buxton ruin a golden try opportunity five metres from the Belper try line.
Belper extended the lead further after an interception allowed their winger to run 80m for another tryto take the score to 27-3.
A final score in the other corner made it 32-3 giving Belper a convincing win.