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Bury St Edmunds
Sat 16 Dec 14:30 - RFU National - National League 2 South Full time

Wolves go down in the Forest

Bury showed some real character to score 5 tries and earn a deserved bonus point at an icy Cinderford.

Cinderford 45 Bury 27
Bury showed some real character to score 5 tries and earn a deserved bonus point at an icy Cinderford.
The Wolfpack were looking down the barrel of a big defeat when they trailed 21 – 0 after less than half an hour.
Bury had been out muscled by a commanding Cinderford pack that are sweeping all before them in National 2. However the visitors dug in and then upped the tempo in the second half to ensure the long journey home was not completely in vain.
Cinderford sit just one point behind league leaders Chinnor and the Foresters pack dismantled Taunton last week, so Bury were aware of the challenge that awaited them.
The plan was to play at tempo, turn the powerful forwards around and spread the play when possible. All very sensible but it relied on one key element…having an amount of possession,
Cinderford had not read the script and for the majority of the first half they monopolised proceedings. The game plan was simple but effective! Turn the screw on at scrum time, earn the penalty, kick for territory and then take the points.
Fly Half Hemming was pulling the strings behind his powerful pack and he first chipped the ball for winger Frame to score on the right. Then his fine solo break set up Bogue for a simple score before sitting back and watching prop Smart touch down as his pack organised an unstoppable catch and drive from a line out 10 metres from the line.
With only 27 minutes on the clock it looked like Bury would be in for a torrid afternoon. However the Wolfpack refused to lie down and accept their fate and a quick break by Chris Lord for once put the Cinders pack under pressure. Bury stole the line out, organised the drive and scrum half Harrison sniped off the side to dive over.
It was a glimmer of hope but a 4th and bonus point earning try for Cinderford was lodged before the break. No 8 Evans helped himself to a score as the Cinderford pack took a ball against the head and marched their way over the line.
Bury had shown glimpses of how dangerous they could be out wide, but starved of possession it was difficult to see how they could claw their way back into the match.
The second half however saw Bury come out of the traps firing and they began to enjoy having the ball on the front foot for a change.
A catch and drive that travelled fully 25 metres one would have thought belonged to The Forresters but instead it was Bury! Given the ball in space and time, McBride released his backs and the deadly Corcoran notched up his 16th try of the season!
Fly Half Hemming once again took matters into his own hands as he ghosted through a strangely passive Bury defence, Chris Lord managed to drag the 10 down but the damage had been done and Frame was up in support to dive over in the corner. For once Hemming could not convert from out wide but at 33 – 10 the game looked in the bag for the home side.
Any doubts as to who might be the victors was answered shortly after as Cinders notched up try no 6! Bury were penalised for coming in at the side of a driving maul and inevitably the penalty was declined and instead kicked to the corner. The line out functioned, the maul was set and Evans helped himself to his second try as his fellow forwards drove him over the line.
Trailing 38 – 10, Bury had only one realistic target….aim for 4 tires and salvage a bonus point.
Harry Anderson – Brown’s introduction began to pay dividends as he began to get Bury motoring. Quick tap and goes got behind the home defence and for once put Cinderford under the cosh in their own 22. A solid line out allowed Bury to attack and after Uru had been stopped just short, the ball was sent back to the forwards for Luke Beales to blast over from close range.
Three in the bag one more required!
A team that had spent long periods on the back foot defending hard, suddenly had belief! Again a penalty was taken quickly, again the tempo was maintained, and after the ball was kept alive through several phases, Corcoran, with just the hint of obstruction, was given the chance to waltz in by the sticks.
It was a fitting reward for the 20 players on display. Cindefrord had been in command for much of the game, but Bury had refused to buckle and staying true to their game plan, had deservedly scored the 4th try.
Just under 10 minutes remained and neither side seemed content to call it a day. Cinderford went back to strength, sticking the ball up the jumper to make yards. Bury were beginning to tire and when a hurried kick from defence was fielded by Gloucester Academy product Barbarinsa, he was able to weave his way through a flagging defence for a wonderful individual try.
Fittingly Bury had the last laugh. Forced to defend deep in their own half, a turn over allowed a swift counter attacking opportunity. The ball reached Chris Lord in space and he raced clear before finding the ever willing Matt Eddison up in support for Bury’s 5th try!
Having scored 6 tries last week against Chinnor, to score 5 on the road at Cinderford shows just what this side can do and are a threat to anyone in the league. Today they came up against an impressive physical side that has its eyes set firmly on returning to National 1, but can take heart from scoring 5 tries on the road

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6. Tonbridge Juddians 30 86
7. Worthing Raiders 30 81
8. Bury St Edmunds 30 77
9. Henley Hawks 30 73
10. Canterbury 30 72
11. Clifton 30 63
12. Old Redcliffians 30 58

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