Determined performance upsets the form book!
By Simon Lord
Rams mauled by the Wolves!
Bury 27 Redingensians 24
Two tries in the final seconds were not enough to stop up a fired up Bury but did earn the Rams 2 losing bonus points.
In a scrappy game that neither side really asserted themselves on, it was the more cohesive Home side that eased themselves away in the second half to claim the spoils.
This was a great result for the Wolpack. Performances post Christmas have not been great but an encouraging away win at London Irish sent John Curry’s men into the game with confidence against the Leagues 3RD place side. However the Bury pack matched their much vaunted opponents, laying the platform for a battling win.
This was the 6th time the clubs have met in National 2 and finally Bury registered their first victory over the men from Reading.
Bury had a dream start, Corcoran scoring in the 2nd minute after Man of the Match Mark Kohler had returned a Rams 22 drop out with more than interest. His fine break gave the Full Back time and space to out pace the cover defence. Honey’s conversion nudged Bury 7 – 0 ahead.
It took the visitors fully 20 minutes to respond but when it did it came not from their renowned forwards but a slick handling move to edge right wing Rossitter over.
Neither side really could assert themselves, Kohler twice made fine breaks for Bury but the attacks came to nought whilst the Rams camped on the Bury line only to be met with determined Bury defence.
Both tries were converted making for a 7 – 7 Half Time score line.
It had been a cagey first half, neither side had been able to create a real piece of quality to break the other side down.
Bury had been expected to struggle against an in form powerful Reading side but they were clearly up for the fight. Early forays had pushed the Rams back and when Jarvis tried to clear his lines with an audacious chip the visitors were punished when McBride seized on the charge down to set his forwards up, Collen Smith powering over from close range. Fraser Honey’s fine conversion stretched Bury out to 14 – 7.
The lead did not las long! Vooght the influential Back Rower for the Rams earned his side a penalty after the re start. The penalty was kicked to the corner and although Bury stopped the drives they were then forced to defend a 5m scrum. The Blues pack pushed for the line but the Wolfpack dug in, however they were powerless to stop Rossiter adding to his tally when he was given the ball 2 m out.
Bury however were not in the mood to roll over to the supposed loftier opponents. Winning the re start Bury quickly were on the attack. Scott Browne stormed away and when the Rams were penalised for not releasing in the tackle, Fraser Honey made no mistake.
Both sides had opportunities to score but it was Bury who extended their leas when Honey was on target 12 minutes later after a sloid period pf pressure by the Bury forwards had kept them in the visiting 22 until the Rams succumbed to the inevitable penalty.
Ten minutes to go and the nerves from both sides were evident. As before turn overs continued almost at will but it was Bury who looked the more likely winners in this ding dong match.
A wayward kick allowed Kohler to carry back well once again, he linked well with Harrison who in turn fed Browne. This time the ball went blind for Bixby and Scholes to drive for the line and it was substitute Dan Swithenbank who was on hand to finish off the move. Honey maintained his 100% kicking regime with a fine conversion from out wide to make it 27 – 14.
A 13 point cushion with 7 minutes to go was a job well done for Bury. It had been a performance of passion, commitment and doggedness to not bow down to the in form visitors.
The purists may argue that Bury relaxed too much, but as it was, Reading refused to lie down and pushed forward in the hope of gaining at least a losing bonus point.
As it turned out they acquired two! First their forwards finally showed their strength to make a close range penalty work. Initial drives were halted but when the ball came back blind reserve forward Collins had too much power to be stopped from close range. Crucially Jarvis was unable to convert.
With the final play of the game Bury were perhaps guilty of letting the Rams escape too easily from their own 22 allowing Rossitter to complete his Hat Trick after Hooker Ollie Moffitt had broken free from the shackles.
Final Score BURY 27 REDINGENSIANS 24
This was a fine performance from Bury who defied the form book to deservedly take the match against a strong Rams side.
Corcoran, (2) Smith (45) Swithenbank (73)
Cons Honey x 3
Pens Honey x 2
Rossitter (22, 52, 80) Collins (78)
Cons Jarvis x 2