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Bury St Edmunds
Broadstreet
Sat 23 Dec 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South Full time Attendance 488

All good things come to those that wait!

Three late tries flattered a strangely below par Bury St Edmunds as they laboured to victory over an enterprising Broadstreet.

National Division 2
Bury St Edmunds 44 Broadstreet 15
Three late tries flattered a strangely below par Bury St Edmunds as they laboured to victory over an enterprising Broadstreet.
The League standings suggested a comfortable Christmas win for Bury but it did not pan out like that as the visitors from Coventry pushed them for 60 minutes before finally The Wolpack cut loose.
After the exertions of previous weeks encounters with Chinnor and Cinderford, The Haberden Faithful came in good numbers expectant of a comfortable win.
An early Hodgson penalty was quickly cancelled out by a converted Beales try and a Honey penalty to put Bury seemingly in control…
However the visitors had not read the script. Full Back Murray, a threat all game long, danced through some wayward tackles that culminated in Joe Lane rounding off a fine try to level the scores.
Fraser Honey back from injury in the 10 shirt had a fine game for Bury both with boot, where he was an immaculate 8 from 8 but also with ball in hand. He went on to score 24 points in the match. Bury’s scrum was solid all day and a secure set piece 35 metres out saw the ball spread wide for Lord to break through. Honey ran round in support and he collected the long flat pass to score in the corner. With the conversion successful and a penalty not long later, it pushed the hosts out to a 20 – 10 Half Time lead.
It had been solid but not spectacular by Bury and that approach cost them early second half when a succession of penalties conceded resulted in replacement front row Dawes been driven over from close range to bring it back to 20 – 15.
One never felt Bury were going to lose the game, but the intensity of previous weeks still seemed lacking. Although Honey added another penalty, there was still only 8 points difference with the final 10 minutes to play. Broadstreet are fighting for their National 2 survival and in Full Back Murray and Fly Half Hodgson they had players who constantly kept Bury on their toes.
Finally Bury seemed to wake from their slumber and turn on the style the Home faithful normally expects. Affleck’s 50 metre sprint down the touchline generated the first real crowd roar of the day and moments later Bixby was on hand to finish of a series of plays that stretched Broadstreet both one way and then the next before the Hooker dived over.
With the result now assured, finally Bury looked the potent force they can be and ran in two tries in the dying moments. It was cruel on Broadstreet as their efforts deserved better but Snelling cut back on the angle for the bonus point and then Duplenne won the race to Honey’s deft kick through, both following good work by Craig Wilson who had a storming game on his debut.
A final score of 44 – 15 flattered the hosts but sent the vast majority of the crowd off to celebrate the Christmas festivities.


Scores
Bury. Tires, Beales 6 Honey 27 Bixby 70 Snelling 78 Duplenne 80
Cons Honey 5
Pens Honey 3
Broadstreet Tries. Lane 21 Dawes 55
Con Hodgson
Pen Hodgson
Attendance 488

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cinderford 28 133
2. Chinnor 28 125
3. Redingensians Rams 28 102
4. Taunton Titans 28 95
5. Redruth 28 84
6. Tonbridge Juddians 28 76
7. Bury St Edmunds 28 75

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