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Redingensians Rams
Bury St Edmunds
Sat 2 Dec 14:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South Full time

Wolpack battered and bruised!

A grandstand finish almost salvaged 2 losing bonus points but alas it was not to be as Bury failed to score after being camped on the Rams try line.

Redingensians 29 Bury St Edmunds 17
A grandstand finish almost salvaged 2 losing bonus points but alas it was not to be as Bury failed to score after being camped on the Rams try line.
In many ways Bury did not deserve to get anything from the game as they put in an error strewn display to hand the victory to a well drilled Reading side.
The Wolfpack were not helped by a catalogue of injuries, losing Simpson, Snelling, Mitchell and Coutts during the match along with the withdrawl of Kohler just prior to the game. It made for a disjointed performance and although the players were on the end of some baffling refereeing decisions, it did not excuse the amount of fumbles, knock ons, poor kicks and missed tackles!
The opening 20 minutes saw the Rams in complete control, holding Bury in a vice like grip. Bury did manage to thwart the Rams pack from exercising their well-rehearsed driving maul to full effect but it was costing them as a catalogue of penalties were conceded.
Finally the dam was broken on 13 minutes. Rams fly half Humberstone, aware he had penalty advantage, cleverly chipped the ball through and left wing Connor Corrigan raced onto the ball to touch down.
Ten minutes later and Bury conceded again from a penalty. Centre Will Simpson appeared to be the victim of a dangerously high tackle; he took no further part in the game, but instead Referee Russell waved play on and Bury were then penalised for holding on in the tackle. As the Bury player’s prevaricated, Rams prop Andy Berry took the penalty quickly, sped through a yawning gap before supplying Humberstone who in turn passed back inside for scrum half Illingworth to score by the posts.
Bury tried to get back in the game but their frustration with the former Saracen and England 7s man with the whistle was not helped when Corcoran appeared to be the victim of a tip tackle, but again play was waved on!
Bury managed to close the gap just before the break. The Wolfpack gave The Rams a dose of their own medicine, driving the ball fully 30 metres before releasing the threequarters. Corcoran’s half break gave Lord just enough space to set Will Affleck free and he jinked his way over by the left corner flag.
HALF TIME.
REDINGENSIANS 12 BURY 5
The penalty count for the half stood at 9 – 1 in favour of the Rams and whilst it was difficult to gauge how it impacted on the Bury players approach, it did not excuse some of the decision making or basic errors.
Bury had been poor but the sense of injustice wrankled and when Reading notched up their third try after just 5 minutes it rose further!
Centre Andy Amor cut a good angle to receive Humberstone’s flat pass. The ball bounced out of his arms, went forward before he regathered and ran past a static defence for a score. It was deemed the ball had not gone forward but knocked back by a Bury hand and the try was given following consultation.
The Rams now had their tales up and with Bury continuing to concede penalties they went for the bonus point earning 4th try. Bury had managed to hold up a strong Rams drive but at the expense of a 5 metre scrum.
Navas was hounded at the base of the scrum and his fumble allowed Illingworth to pounce on the ball and dot down. Humberstone’s conversion made the score 26 – 5 with almost half an hour still to play!
Bury did start to get their hands on the ball but little errors were costing them. Twice moves broke down due to poor passes before finally the ball was worked to Affleck in space. The diminutive winger made good ground getting Bury into the Rams 22, however Bury failed to take advantage of two penalties earned. They did however stay camped in the Rams half and finally were rewarded when Corcoran forced his way over following a solid Bury scrum gave him the platform.
McBride’s conversion brought it back to 26 – 12 but it was tough going! The Rams clearly had the edge at the break down showing a higher level of physicality than the visitors.
When Dave Coutts was led from the field after a thundering collision, the revamp resulted in Matt Eddison playing the final 10 minutes on the left wing!
To their credit, Bury kept pressing and pressing and were rewarded with their 3rd try. With a quantity of possession, the Bury threequarters stretched the Rams from pillar to post. Corcoran almost added to his tally but was stopped inches short, however when the ball came back the other way, Will Scholes could not fail to score!
Two minutes left and one more try would give Bury two bonus points! Incredibly they got back into the Rams 22 and cranked up the pressure. Ram’s prop Berry, saw Yellow for a culmination of home side penalties, could Bury take advantage?
A scrum was taken, the pack edged towards the line but the ball was elected to be passed. Despite several attempts, Bury could not unlock a determined defence and inevitably one forced pass too many was fumbled bringing matters to a close.
FULL TIME
REDINGENSIANS 29 BURY 17
Bury certainly did not get the rub of the green from the officials but it should not paper over the cracks of a disappointing performance. The visit of table toppers Chinnor to The Haberden next Saturday should focus the minds at training this week.

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