Bury St Edmunds under 13s v. Wymondham RFC – Sunday 3rd February 2019, Bury St Edmunds RUFC
By Laura Hudson
Bury battled to victory in a hard-fought contest
With the threat of snow dissipating over the weekend the much anticipated match against Wymondham went ahead as planned on a beautiful winter’s day. A large crowd of supportive families enjoyed an excellent, hard fought game between two impressive teams, with the home side coming out on top by 9 tries to 6.
Bury started the match strongly, great running from Vincent La Starza and Jack Griggs creating the space for speedster Luke neal to finish well out wide in the first minute. A period of attritional play followed as Wymondham settled into their game and Bury remained defiant in defence. After 11 minutes, a long clearing kick out of their 22’ was well chased down by Billy Reid, who ensured the turnover with an excellent tackle on his opposite number. Vincent La Starza and Will Hudson-White then took the ball deep into Wymondham territory before Isaiah Ortiz finished off a fine move in the corner.
The scoring pattern was repeated on 14 and 19 minutes respectively; first Luke neal scored after another excellent run setup by a strong scrum and then Isaiah Ortiz added his second (and Bury’s fourth) try after a big tackle from Jack Griggs. Not to be outdone in the tackling stakes, Isaiah Ortiz then landed an even bigger tackle that was possibly responsible for unconfirmed reports of minor earthquakes across the local area.
Wymondham responded with a well-worked try on 21 minutes, but two minutes later Isaiah Ortiz completed his first half hat-trick after an intelligent run from george howard. On the stroke of half-time, Vincent La Starza touched down after one of his trademark, bullocking runs, meaning the home side were 6-1 up at the interval.
With the match being closer than the half-time score line suggested, Wymondham started the second half in determined fashion. They scored three well worked tries in the opening 15 minutes, interspersed with Vincent La Starza’s second try from yet another determined run fending off numerous defenders. Jack Griggs then settled any scoreboard nerves as he drove over from five metres out after some good team rucking.
There was still time for Wymondham to show their quality with some excellent backline play and two more tries, but Vincent La Starza capped a fine performance as he completed his hat-trick on the 20 minute mark. The final score line of 9 tries to 6 was probably a fair reflection on the day, with Bury taking their chances and only some handling errors and strong defensive work denying Wymondham a greater say in the end result.
Whilst the scrummaging was generally strong, there is still some work required in this area to provide more reliable ball to the skilful backline, marshalled well on the day by Jaspar Dawson and george howard. Greater emphasis on securing the ball at the breakdown is needed along with faster and better decision making at the ruck. Defensive work was strong all day, but an over-reliance on one off big tackles is starting to creep in versus the stronger and more disciplined defensive line that is desirable at this level. However, it should be remembered just how strong a team Wymondham are this season, so to secure a home win in such determined fashion is an excellent result. A return to training beckons next week, so thank you to all of the parents for their continued support and well done to the boys on another good performance.