A lovely trip to the seaside and a win to boot
By Steve Newman
Excellent hosts, used the old Fire alarm gag to turf us out- eh, what, pardon?
Kicking off Bury started well and looked to have the measure of Brightlingsea having driven them back to within five meters only to give a penalty away and lose the ground gained. This gave Brightlingsea the chance to show their skills & fortitude and push Bury back to their own 22. Bury's defence remained firm however and having repelled the attacks and regained the ball they drove to the half way line, a quick ruck and Jonno back in at fly-half dummied and stepped his opposition made a break, off-loaded to Mike, who drew the last defender and passed to Joe supporting who sprinted in for first try on 10m, conv kicked MJ, 0-7. The re-start not making the 10m line gave possession to Bury, controlling the scrum they made their way to the 22, from the ensuing ruck, Jonno unleashed Tommy ran and forced his way over for Bury's second on 15m, conv missed, 0-12.
27m Mike Jenkins 5 conv 2, Ruck, break ruck, into the 22 taken on by Joe, and passed to MJ to score
35m 5, conv missed, Brightlingsea on the front foot, suddenly went up a gear and resultant effort barged over for a score.
38m Will Cooke 5, conv missed, Pushed into re-action regained possession at re-start a break and ruck later Will Cooke simply out-sprinted the opposition
A positive but stern team talk at halftime about life and the universe seemed to have stirred Bury into action,
5m Connor, conv missed, attacking B/sea they knocked on trying to intercept a pass, Bury then won the resulting scrum, drove into the Brightlingsea defence, quick ruck followed, Bury picked and drove on, then timing it right passed the ball out to quick-silver Connor Roberts fly over out wide on 5m, conv missed, 5-29. Unfortunately Bury dozed off at the re-start and B/sea collected a seemingly unwanted ball, and barrelled their way into Bury's 22 and stepped up their attack once again, and, of course going over for their 2nd try on 8m, conv, 12-29. Bury regained their composure and attacked the restart and recovered the ball, rucks and breaks taking them into the B/sea 22, a final ruck saw the ball spun out to Harvey who powered his way over for an unconverted try, 12-34. This time receiving the ball at the restart Bury controlled it and with Ryu making a decisive break the following plays allowed skipper Sam to finish off the good work diving over from short range, conv missed, 12-39. There followed a lull in the try scoring but not in the action, B/sea stepped up their play once again and both sides fought hard to dominate, however on the 35m Bury had done enough to get within range and inside B/sea's 22, quick ruck and pass out to Tommy who sprinted over for a converted try, 12-46. With the game nearly over and B/sea flagging in areas Bury made swift work of the final
try, another break saw the defence on the back foot and lining up to score was Connor who obliged, conv missed, 12-51 to end the game.
Final score: 12-51
Credit where due, Brightlingsea made the most of their limited time in Bury's 22 and scored two out of three times, they never gave up and although the score doesn't read in their favour Bury came off the pitch knowing they had been in a battle.
And now to the bit Connor begged not to be included, had he not mentioned it .............
Piggy backs/Mounting your own player are not allowed as a form of attack, unsure as the nature of the offence committed the Ref. deferred to a scrum to B/sea, probably on the basis he doesn't like piggy backs. Ask Connor for the full story!
And finally a special mention for Carl Jones who graciously volunteered to make up the front for Brightlingsea and competed like a Demon all in the spirit of Rugby - well done!
Ref: Bruce Woodcock, many thanks for an enjoyable game, hope we have presence again this season.
Matt Bell, Tommy Waldock,Brad Sedgewick, Haydn Morgan, Alan Davis, Joe Berry, Will Cooke, Sam Dean, Ryu Kawaguchi, Jonno S-Smith, Joe May, Harvey Newman, Connor Roberts, Mike Jenkins, Ben Hunt, Matt Pask & Fred Walt.