Champagne Rugby for Victory at Boston Festival
The boys were determined to win and from the moment that they first got control of the ball, they began their winning campaign.
Pool Game 1 was against Boston. The forwards worked to contain Boston in their half with good driving rucks & malls. Resulting in Bury’s continuing possession. The scrum has matured and is now well honed with hookers Joe and Servais ensuring Bury win most of the scrums. The backs too have begun to work together as a hunting pack, working as a fine tuned team to be able to take every opportunity to take quick ball and tries. Scorers for Bury Jon Trede and Kieran Smith. Final Score Bury 10 Boston 0
Pool game 2 was against Cleethorpes. As Cleethorpes were down to 11 men through injury, all scrums had to be uncontested and Bury reduced their squad too. Bury played with stealth. Working well as a pack they overpowered Cleethorpes time and time again. Quick play and ever changing tactics by Bury put Cleethorpes off their stride allowing Bury to run in three tries. Scorers were continually improving Alfie Godfrey, swift and powerful Charlie Mascal and the ruthless tackler Rory Hall-Roberts. Final Score Bury 15 Cleethorpes 0.
Pool game 3 was against Lincoln, their strongest opposition in the league. Half time score 0-0. Powerful aggressive attack by the forwards including Alex Palmer, Harvey Newman began to upset Lincoln’s rhythm. High work rate by Alfie Godfrey, Dom Gregory and Luca Worley and the team provided a tireless onslaught which cleared the way for the only try of the match to be scored by Matt Branfield, master try scorer. Final score Bury 5- Lincoln 0
Quarter Final; Bury faced the plucky touring northerners, Blaydon, who put up strong defence. Bury were able to maintain their winning playing style and good team work and high quality play by the whole team allowed Matt Branfield to find the space to score another try. Final Score Bury 5- Blaydon 0.
Semi final; Bury met Melton & Norton. Bury were on a mission to show they intended to be in the final. They worked efficiently as a well drilled team ensuring that Melton did not score. Bury confidently continued their winning streak with Charlie Mascal gliding in to score the winning try. Bury 5- Melton 0.
Final; Bury meet league 2 winners Market Raisen & Louth. This proved a baptism of fire for Market Raisen, relying on their very large fly-half to control and win the game Bury attacked from the first scrum pushing them back deep into their own 22, from an ensuing scrum, scrum half Dominic Gregory after making ground slipped a pass to Sam Duchesne who almost unbelievably wriggled over in the corner for the first try. Market Raisen were stunned by this and from the re-start Bury again ran the ball straight up the middle where they were stripped and knocked on, Bury then won the ball against the head, a quick pass out to Matt Branfield on the blind-side where he jinked in for the second try. The third try came very similar to the first a scrum 20 metres out from Market Raisen’s try line clean ball from the scrum half out to Sam on the wing and he shot in the corner for the team’s third try, all this in 3 minutes leaving Market Raisen utterly bewildered. The second half was more even with superb team work and some utterly demoralising tackling especially from Jon Trede, Luca Worley & Rory Hall-Roberts, the forwards pushed on to the end to provide a fitting end to all the squad’s fine efforts.
Final Score Bury 15- Market Raisen 0.
Bury were victorious with a festival score of 55 without conceding a single try.