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1st XV NLD Cup Final 2024: Melbourne 54-15 Derby

For this game, Callum Jones made a return after a year’s absence and Tom Hinchliffe made his debut at prop.  Both were called on to bolster a hastily assembled team for the final of the NLD Cup. From the start, Melbourne looked the better side, and only three minutes in, a quickly taken penalty created a gap exploited by prop

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Papa Johns Community Cup Round 1: Burton 41-10 Derby

Derby travelled to Burton to open their Papa John’s Men’s Community Cup campaign. They have been placed in a four team pool alongside Burton, Syston and Wirral. The team that finishes top will progress to the knockout stage. Both league games had been close encounters, but anyone expecting something similar was in for a surprise! Derby kicked off, playing with

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Regional 1 Midlands Round 22: Syston 39-33 Derby

Derby travelled to Syston to complete their league season. Derby kicked off, with the advantage of playing with the strong wind and with damp conditions underfoot. The first period of the half was scrappy, with Syston keeping possession and preventing Derby from using the wind to their advantage. It was Syston who took the lead, after 24 minutes, with a

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Regional 1 Midlands Round 21: Derby 34-22 Banbury

Derby were forced into late changes, with Lewis Hancock unable to play. Will Town started on the wing, while Jack Partington come onto the bench. Derby kicked off, with the pitch in superb condition, especially considering the amount of rain that had fallen in the preceding weeks. It didn’t take Derby long to take the lead. Only 7 minutes had

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REGIONAL 1 MIDLANDS ROUND 20: Kenilworth 37-31 Derby

Derby travelled to Kenilworth, looking for the point they needed to exceed last season’s tally. Derby kicked off, on a dry day, with the pitch in good condition despite all the recent rain. It only took Derby 4 minutes to take the lead. McGrath Van Wyk kicked ahead and regathered the ball. His inside pass found Josh Bingham who touched

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Regional 1 Midlands Round 19: Derby 41-26 Stoke on Trent

This was arguably the best game of rugby played at Haslams Lane. It was exciting and entertaining.  For the players, it was very physical and energy-sapping.  The lineup saw the versatile Ryan Cockane move to prop, with Jack Bates as hooker.  Jake Roome returned to the centre and Mc Grath Van Wyk switched to the wing.   With only three minutes

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Regional 1 Midlands Round 15: Banbury 24-32 Derby

It was a venture into the unknown as Derby’s coaches and players knew little about a team placed higher in the league.  It was a welcome back for Josh Bingham making his 100th appearance for the club.  Late changes forced Jake Roome to the bench joining David Cowell and Josh Roberts.  Ben Wilcock moved to fullback in the absence of

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Regional 1 Midlands Round 18: Bridgnorth 50 -33 Derby

Derby travelled to Bridgnorth without Josh Bingham, Jerri Oldfield and Rhondell Stabana.  Enforced changes brought Ben Wilcox to Stand-off, Goerge Pollock to prop for his first outing, Ryan Cokayne to wing forward and Cameron Finlay on the bench.   In front of a very large crowd and only two minutes gone, Bridgnorth swept forward and  No. 10, Murphy, hoisted a well-judged

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Regional 1 Midlands Round 13: Derby 27-26 Burton

The incessant rain forced Derby to play their home game at Derby University, for the 2nd time this season! Derby kicked off, but it was Burton who had the early pressure, culminating in a try for Davies, This was followed by an excellent conversion from Phillips to put Burton 7 points ahead. After 15 minutes, Derby struck back when a

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Regional 1 Midlands Round 17: Old Halesonians 22 -45 Derby

It was not the easy game, that some might have expected.  From the start, the home side took the game to Derby.  Their strong pack kept probing and quick ball from the breakdowns allowed their half backs to move the ball quickly, creating attacking moves.  After ten minutes, this play was rewarded when winger, Keenan, touched down in the corner

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