Title favourites Loughborough too strong for new-look Belper

BELPER are still waiting for their first win of the season.
BELPER are still waiting for their first win of the season.

New-look Belper were no match for title favourites Loughborough when going down 41-12 in their second game of the new rugby union season in the Midlands 3 East (North) division.

Fielding 12 new faces from the team that finished the final fixture last term, Belper were hoping to improve on their performance of the previous week when they lost 36-28 at home to Lincoln.

And after resisting a strong start by Loughborough, which yielded only a penalty to show for their efforts, they stunned the home side with a try as Josh Gwilliam found space, made the most of it and powered over the line.

Unfortunately, the try only stung Loughborough into action and despite a brave defence from Belper, they scored three tries of their own late in the first half. To make matters worse for the visitors, they lost the influential Gwilliam to the sin bin.

The second period was a close affair, but Belper could not keep the hosts out, despite the valiant efforts of Owen Lyon and Mitch Wilmott, who had impressive games.

Chris McDonald also played well at full-back, making good yards and last-ditch tackles, and at least Belper bagged a late, consolation try when an excellent turn over by Jarrad Mordue enabled Craig Innocent to break down the centre. He offloaded to young Sam Chalkin, who outpaced his defender to score.