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1st XV - Match centre

London Irish Wild Geese
Bury St Edmunds
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South Full time

No Wild Geese chase for Bury.

The Wolfpack put in their finest performance for many a moon with a scintillating 7 try victory at the impressive Hazelwood facility.

London Irish Wild Geese 29 Bury St Edmunds 50
The Wolfpack put in their finest performance for many a moon with a scintillating 7 try victory at the impressive Hazelwood facility.
Two late scores flattered the Irish after Bury had pulled away from a narrow half time lead.
Even the most optimistic of the healthy travelling support could not have predicted this result. Bury had not won on the road since October and performances since Christmas had taken a noticeable dip, but Bury cut loose to banish those memories.
London Irish are arguably the finest counter attacking side in the league and in Hodgkinson and Owens they have two players of real quality. However, for the majority of the game Bury denied them possession as they dominated proceedings.
There was a verve about the way Bury played, sadly lacking in recent weeks but it was also pleasing to see smiles on the players faces too!
Bury in Green playing an Irish team in Blue were straight out of the blocks. Mat Eddison’s 60 metre break set the tone for an open and flowing game. Sam Bixby ought to have opened Bury’s account on 3 minutes when he was up in good support of half break by Yas Brown only to fail to get the ball down as he crossed the line. However from the resulting 5m Scrum, Jake Ashby darted over to cap a bright start for Bury.
The Geese responded well, taking advantage of Bury being penalised for obstruction to camp on the visitors line. Three times the Irish drove for the try before switching the ball blind for Owens to have far too much pace for Coutts to handle.
Bury roared back camping in the Irish 22 refusing to let the Home side escape. Bixby was unfortunate once again not to score when a little fumble in the build up was spotted before he powered over. However Bury were not to be denied and when Bixby drove through a line out 15 m out, Dave Coutts was able to power his way over from close range from the resulting ruck.
Irish once again showed just how dangerous they can be when Bury having dominated possession handed the ball over with a careless pass and seconds later Meeson was scoring in the corner. If that wasn’t warning enough, from the restart Bury did not get organised in defence and swift hands exposed a dog leg and Hodgkinson touched down.
There was no let up in the frenetic nature of the match and it was Bur who led at the interval after Bixby finally got the try he deserved. Fraser Honey started the move deep in his own half, his show and go saw him race 30 metres before finding Corcoran to take the ball on. The Irishman could not quite score against his home country but there was no stopping Bixby from close range.
It had been an enjoyable first half with Bury looking really positive and having the lions share of the ball but 3 tries a piece showed that one could not take anything for granted.
However, for the next half hour Bury were in total control, playing some of their finest Rugby of the season. There was pace and adventure but also when it called for it, control and pragmatism.
Tristan King, who had arguably his finest game for Bury, seized on a Bury turn over to carry the ball deep into Irish territory. Bury stayed patient, recycling well to create the space for Kohler to ghost in after just 2 minutes.
Bixby gathered the restart superbly and he stormed through a crowd of players to set Bury straight back on the attack. Once again the players did not force things, instead they retained the ball until once again Dave Coutts proved unstoppable from 5 metres out. Honey’s extras pushed Bury out to a 33 – 17 lead.
The Wild Geese did try and break free from the Suffolk stranglehold and it was only the good work of Ashby to win the race to a kick through that denied them getting back on the scoresheet.
There was a smartness to Bury’s approach, mixing the play from attacking out wide to keeping the ball close and making driving runs. Bury clearly had the edge up front and a solid scrum saw The Wolfpack drive for the line repeatedly until King was finally able to spot a gap and dive over.
The game was lost now for the Irish and they were forced to be even more adventurous from the limited times they had the ball. Bury were ready for them and ruthlessly seized on a fumble to score their 7th try. Mitchell gathered the ball, spotted Kohler in space and sent him away with a speculative pass. Kohler had too much pace for the cover and whilst he could have added to his personal tally, he unselfishly passed to the supporting Lloret for his first score for the club.
Kohler continued to cause problems for the home side as Bury were in total control but The Geese continued to battle hard pushing for a 4th try that would give them at least a consolation bonus point.
As it turn out they managed to score two in the dying minutes , both wide on the right as their swift counter attacks were rewarded. However it was never going to threaten Bury’s well deserved lead and Harrison’s confident penalty in the dying embers brought the half century up for Bury and a job more than well done!

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# Team Pl Pts
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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