First O2 Touch Competition
By Mark Wapshott
Playing on the Twickenham Turf
Bury St Edmunds RUFC Squad:
Megan Green, Logan MacDonald, Lucy Martin, Nick Taylor, Kelly Evans, Neil De Cort, James Dinsdale, Becks MacDonald, Levi Roper and Charlie Philip.
BSE 0 v 2 Bournemouth
BSE 0 v 4 Lincoln
BSE 1 v 1 Rotherham Titans
Bury were unfortunate in the group stages, Lincoln are a very good touch set up so they were favourites to win the group, which they did go on to do. In the game against Bournemouth, Bury did a lot of unforced errors, this may have been due to nerves of playing on Twickenham’s world famous turf. But nonetheless these errors were probably the factors that lost them the game. Baring in mind this was their first game together as a team and they did play some good rugby in parts, but Bournemouth were very well drilled.
Lincoln were a very good set up they played Bury off the park. When Bury had the ball they were putting some good phases together but Lincoln were giving them no space to play. All four of Lincolns tries were clinical and well finished, there was nothing Bury could do. Even though Bury were struggling they still didn’t give up and they came close on a couple of occasions at the end of the game but were unable to execute them.
The final group game was against Rotherham Titans, this was not going to be an easy game but Bury played their best rugby of the group stages by far. Bury were throwing the ball round really making the defence work hard. There were a couple of exchanges of possession before Bury took the lead through a well worked try finished off by Charlie Philip in the corner. After this Bury were doing really well in defence and attack putting lots of pressure on Rotherham. But with only a couple of minutes to go Bury had their pass intercepted only 7 metres from their try line and Rotherham touched down for an easy equaliser, it was very well judged. Bury then tried to put more pressure on Rotherham but they stayed steady in defence until the final whistle. Bury were unlucky and should have really won. But nonetheless it was a great game of touch rugby.
BSE finished 3rd in the group due to winning a coin toss against Rotherham Titans as they had the exact same points and points difference as BSE. BSE went on to play Truro in the 3rd place play off and they drew 2 v 2.
3rd Place Play Off - BSE 2 v 2 Truro
Due to a tight schedule BSE were unfortunately not able to carry on to try and seal the win. They had to make do with a draw. But there was great touch rugby played. Bury took the lead with a try from Levi Roper who took it round 3 defenders to score in the corner. Bury held Truro out well but a well worked move from Truro manipulated the defence and Truro went through to score the equaliser. After the Truro equaliser BSE bought on fresh legs and immediately put Truro on the back foot, making their way up the pitch by driving the ball forward. They saw an overlap out wide and Nick Taylor passed the ball to Neil De Cort who scored in the corner. This score was with about four minutes to go and Truro mounted the pressure right back on Bury. There were quite a few exchanges in possession due to dropped balls and penalties. With around two minutes to go Truro scored another equaliser, again it was from a well worked move. Bury restarted and kept putting pressure on Truro but sadly couldn’t score a winner.
There was lots of fantastic rugby played at Twickenham today and it was great to see how Bury had grown through the tournament. The team hadn’t trained much together but started to click in the last two games and produce some really good rugby. It was a fantastic experience and we hope that Bury will get another chance to compete next year.