Under 14's - Norfolk 10's
By Richard Barnes
Two under 14 Teams play in the Norfolk 10's - Some great Physical Encounters!
Last Sunday 2 teams from the under 14's entered the Norfolk 10's... the teams drawn from a depleted squad due to school fixtures and injury drew together teams with limited substitutes but both teams but up great displays delivering some great attacing rugby some resilient defence and engaged, un-phased, in physical rugby against some very large apposing squads (They must be on different diets to us in Norfolk!)...
Team 1 was drawn in a pool against, Stowmarket, Swaffham, Diss, Norwich and Southwold.
Our fist fixture was against Stowmarket, it was a brilliant match to watch the game embed and flowed with some great attacking rugby from both sides put with neither side crossing the whitewashing. Great backs play from Joshua Bullingham and Charlie Upright got us close to scoring a couple of times but strong Stowmarket defence kept us out with them clearing their lines. At the death with approximately 1 minute on the clock Stowmarket launched a fast back line move with one of their centres taking a great line cutting through our defence to score in the corner. Final score Stowmarket 5 - Bury 0
Next up was Diss, again a good physical encounter but Bury stuck early this time with a great break away try from Charlie Upright running 2/3rds of the pitch. This was followed by a period of Bury pressure that secured us a scrum close to the Diss touchline, after a great scrum Josh Barnes at scrum half spotted the Diss backs had been drawn across by our back line and with a swift piece of work picked the ball up cleanly at the back of the scrum to dart up the blind side to score Burys second. Diss then pulled a try back but soon after following several phases of play Alexander Van der Pluym received the ball in the backs and charged for the line for Bury's 3rd try, he crossed the line with pure determination whith what appear as half of the Diss team hanging onto his legs, a great individual piece of effort! Diss closed the match out with a 2nd try after some good play at the final whistle. Bury 15 - Diss 10
Then game the game of the fixture for Bury a really physical encounter against a very strong 1st team line up from Southwold the game was very close throughout with great play and defence from both sides, Bury saved a try at 1 stage with a brilliant defensive tackle in the in goal area preventing Southwold from grounding the ball. Bury scored first with a great back line move finished off by Samuel Heutink. Southwold came back with strong forward and back play, crossing the Bury line twice in quick succession. Bury fought their way back into it forcing Southwold to get penalised at a number of breakdowns and then finally after pushing Southwold back Ryan Bourne battled his way over to tie it up again. Southwold came back strongly again with a great individual effort from their strong second row forward, but as the clock ticked down Samuel Heutink received the ball again in the back line after some great forward play, Sam set off on a weaving dash to the line to score again levelling the game up before the final whistle. Bury 15 - Southwold 15
Bury then faced a very well drilled Norwich 1st team where we didn't really get out of the blocks, we defended well to keep the score to what it was but finished up loosing this game 3 try's to nil. Maybe the Southwold game took a bit more out more of us than we realised... Norwich 15 - Bury 0
Our final game was against Swaffham, a well contested game which could have gone either way for a while but 2 trys in quick succession ,1st from Joshua Bullingham with a great run out passing the Swaffham back line followed by a determined run as ever from Ryan Bourne resulting in a second try to put Bury in the clear. Swaffham did come back strongly and after some good interplay following a couple of infringements from Bury fought they way over to get a try back, the final whistle followed with the final score being Bury 10 - Swaffham 5
Bury 2 matches where hard fought in the main after a very tough opening match - Rob’s. Summary of Bury 2:
The U14’s Team 2 found themselves in a very tough group but after a slow start against Beccles really started firing against North Walsham in a thrilling contest that saw both sides trade tries in a hugely entertaining game. Bury twice forced over from close range with tries from Jack Peacock and Hari Lally before Bury levelled with a brilliantly worked try straight off the training ground, with powerful drives sucking in the Walsham defence before the ball was released wide through the backline for Lucas Seaman to streak down the touchline for an impressive score. Walsham fought back and despite some spirited Bury defence they managed to force their way across the line for the winner. The going against Holt was tough as they pitched an A side in to the fray, but Bury B finished on a high with a hard fought draw against a strong Baas Baas team, with great scores from Samuel Heutink and Ryan Bourne. The Bury 2 team took a lot from the day which saw a big improvement throughout the festival.