Belper RUFC progress to final of Derbyshire Cup after beating Tupton

Belper RUFC progressed into the Derbyshire Cup final after beating Tupton 10-8.

After a last minute cancelation by Cleethorpes, Belper faced Tupton in the semi-final for what they knew would be a tough match.

Belper v Tuton in the Derbyshire Shield Semi-Final

Belper v Tuton in the Derbyshire Shield Semi-Final

Belper started well, but the two week fixture break showed and the link up play was just missing its normal fluidity.

The first half was mainly played in midfield with both teams making breaks, but not capitalising on it.

Belper could have scored through good hands on the left, but the ball was knocked on at the crucial moment.

Tupton were making good breaks through their outside centre and Belper had to get a grip of him before he made Belper pay.

Belper v Tuton in the Derbyshire Shield Semi-Final

Belper v Tuton in the Derbyshire Shield Semi-Final

Smith and peverell saw to that and their defence from then on was outstanding.

The forwards were in a battle and had to compete against a well-drilled catch and maul from the away side.

Tupton’s strength in the scrum also showed, but Innocent managed to get the ball away to stop any turnovers.

Belper were the first to score after good forward pressure had set the backs up nicely.

Naylor recycled the ball and Lowden and Peverell found bacon on the wing who powered over to score in the corner.

The first half continued to be an arm wrestle and finished 5-0 to the home side.

The second half saw Holmes replacing Mordue on the wing and England on at second row.

The play was much the same as the first with the game going both ways. The away side were attacking well and Belper’s forwards had to be strong.

Tom Powell was everywhere with his cover tackles and the strength of Woodward, Haines and Dakin were stopping Tupton getting a head of steam.

The defence was broken though as Tupton scored eight unanswered points.

The first came from a well set up drop goal and the second from a very fortunate try.

This had Belper down by three points with 15 minutes to go, but calm heads and focus saw Belper pile on the pressure.

Again good forward drives from Roberts and Holmes saw Belper take up field position on the right. After a few crash balls Naylor released Lowden who found Jake Homes in a small bit of space.

Holmes managed to beat his man and then wriggle though the follow up tackle to get over the line to take him top of the current try scorers for Belper.

A nervy five minutes followed with Tupton missing a penalty and the Belper defence holding firm to avenge the early season defeat at their place.

Belper will now play either Buxton or Castle Donnigton in the final at Chesterfield on 4th May.