The Boston Buccaneers marked their arrival in the Midlands Premier Division by defeating seasoned campaigners Derby City 46-32.
Standoff Tom Andrews claimed 22 points while fullback John Stanfield claimed the man-of-the-match accolade.
The Buccs, in just their second season as a club, made their Premier League bow in style, even if a lack of availability meant coach Mark Bean only had 17 players to select from, handing debuts to John Stanfield snr, Piers Lamb and Wayne Harley.
Boston opened the scoring after just four minutes when Lee Davies sent Wayne Harley crashing over for his debut try, with Andrews expertly adding the conversion.
Four minutes later, Andrews scythed through the Derby defence to score a try he then converted himself, before the hosts pulled a try back.
From the resulting kick off the Buccaneers marched up the pitch where Will Scupham exploited a gap in the Derby defence to score under the the posts and edge Boston 16-4 ahead.
But not to be outdone, Derby’s fullback made up 50 metres to threaten the Buccaneers’ try line, where poor defending allowed an easy score for the home team.
After a series of penalties the Buccaneers were again knocking on Derby’s door.
Marc Miles bowled over some defenders to score in the corner.
Andrews again kicked between the posts.
The second half started much the same as the first, with the Buccaneers scoring through the strong running of Sam Johnson.
Stanfield was a constant threat and it wasn’t long before he went on one of his trademark runs, scoring from 50 metres out, while Lamb and Harley then set up Andrews nicely to score his second of the afternoon, which he duly converted.
The dust had barely settled when centre Michael Baldwin ran through,rather than around, defenders to score a great individual try.
Andrews again added the conversion.
With 20 minutes to go, a combination of fatigue and injuries started to take their toll on the Buccaneers as Derby seized the initiative, grabbing four unanswered tries.
The Buccs host Northampton Demons in their first home Premier League match at the Princess Royal Sports Arena on Saturday (2.30pm).
BUCCS: Stanfield, Cowern, Baldwin, Lamb, Andrews, Harley, Scupham, Davies, Miles, Dowse, Howlett, Johnson, Beever, Dearing, Thompson, Baldwin, Stanfield snr.