Fun in the Sun!
These two mid table teams served up an 11 try feast with Bury deservedly edging the contest by virtue of scoring 7 to the visitors 4!
In this open and flowing game, the damage was done in the first 15 minutes as Bury racked up 3 unconverted tries to put a stranglehold on the game. Sam Bixby made up for his other thrown line out by hounding Best into coughing up possession. Bury rumbled their way up to the try line and Tui Uru forced his way over.
It had been a really positive start from Bury. They were playing at pace, shading all the 50 : 50 collisions and looking hungry for more scores. Honey’s fine kick put Canterbury under pressure. The line out was stole and sent infield. Kohler burst through and probably could have scored but handed on to Affleck who made no mistake!
There was a real buzz about Bury and the third score started by them winning a scrum against the head in their own 22.The Wolpack then moved steadily up field before culminating with Kohler clutching Honey’s high cross field kick and dropping down for the try.
Both sides enjoyed playing on a firm dry pitch and Canterbury certainly contributed to a game that at times almost resembled a 7s fixture.
It had taken almost 20 minutes before the visitors had got their hands on the ball, but they showed they too could look potent out wide. A period of Canterbury pressure culminated with Right Wing Guy Hilton sliding over in the corner, although he was the beneficiary of Corcoran slipping in trying to stop the long cut out pass to his opposite number.
The converted score gave the City Men hope but livewire scrum half Jake Ashby, back in the side after being on International Duty last week, quickly got his side back on the front foot. His vision to see a space down the blindside, saw him combine well with Corocran before slipping the ball back inside to the supporting Bixby for a fine score. Honey landed the conversion and Bury had a comfortable 22 – 7 lead and the bonus point in the bag.
Kohler’s fine game continued when he picked off Oli Best’s laboured pass to sprint 60metres and send Bury into half time with a comfortable 29 -7 lead.
HALF TIME. BURY 29 CANTERBURY 7
Canterbury’s hopes of narrowing the deficit were dashed almost immediately when Kohler and Uri both carried well to set the prolific Corcoran in for a simple touch down after almost half the team seemed to fix and give to create the space on the left.
Honey seemed to have found his kicking boots at the break and landed the conversion from wide out to stretch Bury’s lead.
With the game seemingly in the bag, Bury lost their shape a little and Canterbury, true to their principles continued to run the ball and were duly rewarded. Best had made a fine break only for Kohler to intercept and clear the lines, but then Hilton’s invention got the visitors back into the Bury 22. A penalty was conceded leading to the inevitable kick to the corner. Prop Sam Kenny was bundled over and almost directly from the restart Dan Smart intercepted a promising Bury attack to sprint 80metres for another 7 points to suddenly make the scoreboard look a more concerning 36 – 21.
In such an open game, that was never going to be the end of the scoring and there was still time left for two more scores!
The Bury forwards having more than matched their larger opponents had been overshadowed by the thrilling running on display but they took matters in their own hands to seal the game. A driving maul almost created the space for Stapleton to score but he was bundled into touch. The Wolfpack were not going to let Canterbury escape easily and Browne harried Canterbury into rushing the clearance.
Mitchell leapt high at the back of the line out, the pack gathered round and the drive was quickly hurtling for the try line. Cadman saw Yellow for his attempt to drag the maul down and the Penalty Try was duly awarded.
Fittingly, Canterbury were rewarded for their enterprise with a 4th and bonus point earning try. Full Back Aiden Moss who had ran some good lines all day, responded with a fine angled run, side stepping through two or three tacklers for a closing score.
Thrilling stuff and royal entertainment for a healthy Haberden crowd.
Bury. Tries. Uri, Affleck, Kohler 2, Bixby, Corcoran, Pen
Cons. Honey 4
Canterbury Tries. Hilton, Kenny, Smart, Moss
Cons Best 3
Star Man Mark Kohler
Bury. Affleck, Corcoran, O Reilly, Rouse, Kohler, Honey, Ashby:
Browne, Stapleton, Uri, Eddison, Scholes, Coutts, Bixby, Smith.
RES: Greco, King, Mitchell, Merolle, Snelling.