Champions Belper RUFC end season on a high with Tupton win

Belper rufc v Tupton
Belper rufc v Tupton

Champions Belper RUFC ended their league campaign with a tough 26-10 home win against third place Tupton.

With the league title secured Belper still wanted to prove a point and avenge the earlier loss to Tupton in the opening game of the season.

Belper rufc v Tupton

Belper rufc v Tupton

Changes to the side saw Jim Lowden come in at 10 with Craig Innocent moving back in to his preferred position of 8. Back into the centres was Jake Holmes.

It was the away side that started brighter and opened the scoring following a break in the middle of the pitch, which saw the winger go over in the corner.

Belper began to dominate possession and territory, but it took until late in the half before they drew level.

A well worked try led to Rory Peverell going in with ease in the corner.

Belper rufc v Tupton

Belper rufc v Tupton

Belper should have scored earlier through breaks from Jake Holmes but with the ball not going to hands the chance had gone.

Belper turned down kickable penalties to try and finish the season with tries.

The line outs were looking good and the scrums were also tight affair with both sides having moments as the half ended 5-5.

Belper bossed the second half and got their second try from a well-worked move which saw Carter go over for the score.

Soon after this the game was made safe when good hands from the backs saw Tom Stones score in the corner. The bonus point and win was confirmed when Jake Holmes danced around his opposite number to score under the posts.

In the dying seconds Tupton managed to get a consolation try ,but it didn’t affect the celebrations after the game.

Belper now turn their attentions to two cup finals, with the NLD final at Lincoln on Saturday 25th April and the Derbyshire Cup on Monday 4th May at Chesterfield.