That's more like it!
What a difference a week makes as Bury secure their first ever win against Redruth.
National Division 2
Bury St Edmunds 27 v Redruth.14
Bury deservedly ground out a victory with a battling display against Redruth in appalling conditions.
In a game played in constant rain, one would have expected the Cornishmen to prevail given recent performances by both sides but it was Bury, chastened by their humbling at Wimbledon last week that took the spoils.
Chris Snelling opened the scoring for Bury on 3 minutes after a scrum infringement by Redruth allowed Ashby to tap and go. The ball was retained well, a feature of Bury’s play, before Will Scholes, back in the side after a bout of flu, burst through to stretch the Red’s defence. The ball swung back right and Snelling was on the end of the overlap to ground the ball. McBride’s fine conversion from wide out made it 7 – 0
Ruth responded well looking confident and strong in attack. Twice the Cornish picked and drove through the middle of the Bury defence as they fanned out and it took them up to the try line. Former Bury player Loma Kivalu proved unstoppable from close range and with Kevern’s successful conversion it brought the scores level on 10 minutes.
However, Bury were not to be put off their stride and showing real tenacity in defence they didn’t give the visitors a moments rest. Ashby marshalled his forwards superbly and he deservedly scored Bury’s second try when he hounded his opposite number to fumble the ball at the back of a scrum on their own 5 m line. The Bury pack had been expected to wilt against the renowned Cornish pack but they caused enough disruption to allow Ashby the scoring chance.
Whilst managing to hold their own in the scrum the Bury line out dominated. Time and again Eddison stole opposition ball at the front of the line, whilst on their own ball Bury were rock solid. A series of penalties saw Bury gain good field position and once again the line out functioned to give Bury a strong attacking position.
The move crabbed in field before Snelling timed his run in from the opposite wing to take a lovely reverse pass from skipper McBride to slice his way over. After half an hours play the scoreboard showed a healthy 21 – 7 lead to The Wolfpack.
The half had been a really positive response to the previous week’s failings. The game plan had worked to a tee….stop the big ball carriers at source with press defence and chop tackles, disrupt the lineout. Unsung heroes like Coutts and Beales not only held the scrum, but carried well, Brown and Ashby worked well in tandem, whilst McBride was back to his controlling best at 10.
BURY 21 REDRUTH 7
The second half saw no let up in the wet and windy conditions….
Redruth, conscious that the next score would be pivotal, looked to assert control early on… Pressure at the scrum earned them a penalty which set them off on a series of plays to move from their own 22 to Burys…once again it took a steal at a line out for Bury to clear their lines…
Redruth began to work the ball round the corner at pace and The Wolfpack defence began to creak. They were stretched but they hung on and it was almost the hour mark before Chris Fuca toched down from a 5 metre catch and drive. Keverns conversion was superb given the soggy conditions, 21 – 14 and the game definitely back in the balance.
Any hopes the Cornishmen might have had in getting back level faded as it was Bury who made the stronger finish. Bradley Howe, - Dual Registered with Exeter, certainly made an impression, twice carrying the ball significant yards before becoming the pantomime villain by getting himself a yellow and having to make the walk of shame in front of a buoyed up grandstand.
Ashby kept pushing his troops forward and Redruth began to feel the effects of a man down. Sadly Bury could not quite get the 4th bonus point earning try,although Snelling came close to making it a Hat Trick. Instead they had to settle for two Fraser Honey penalties to make the game safe. A shame but it was job well done for the hosts on a filthy day!
Bury Tries. Snelling (3 & 38) Ashby (18)
Cons McBride 3
Pens Honey 2
Redruth. Tries. Kivalu (10) Fuca (58)
Cons Kevern 2
Star Man. Jake Ashby – BSE
Bury. C Lord, C Snelling, B Rouse M Kohler, G Duplenne, L McBride, J Ashby.
Y Browne, S Stapleton, B Mitchell, M Eddison, W Scholes, L Beales, S Bixby D Coutts.
Res. D Greco, T King, A Stanley, L Merolle, F Honey.