Bury St Edmunds under 13s v. North Walsham RFC and Huntingdon & District RC – Sunday 24th March 2019 @ North Walsham RFC
By Laura Hudson
Bury continue their fine form with two victories on the road.
Bury made the trip across the border into deepest, darkest Norfolk to face a North Walsham team and a touring Huntingdon side. On a beautiful spring morning Bury kicked off against the home side first, looking to continue their recent fine form and make the most of near-perfect playing conditions.
An unfortunate early injury to Nico Marchini (on the receiving end of a well-timed tap tackle) resulted in some re-organisation of the back line, but in his short time on the pitch he still opened the day’s scoring. It was nice to see the opposition tackler taking the time and care to check on Nico’s well-being – rugby’s core values meaning more than the result of any game. Fortunately, the injury is not as bad as originally feared and he should be back on top form in a few weeks.
Livewire Billy Reid played really well in the first half, scoring two good tries and also setting up george howard for a try. Angus Hudson and Vincent La Starza completed the first half scoring as Bury took a 30-0 lead into the half-time interval. The second half continued in the same vein, with Billy Reid completing his fine hat-trick and Vincent La Starza adding his second. AustIn Dennis excelled in the number eight position and came away with two tries to show for his efforts, one of which was a contender for try of the match. Tom Cornwall was alert as always, snatching the ball from the opposition before popping to an onrushing Will Hudson-White. His strong run was held up just before the line but he had the presence of mind to off-load to a supporting AustIn Dennis to score. A final score of 50-0 a deserved outcome for some great rucking and lovely hands in the backline.
After a short break Bury took the field again to play the touring side from Huntingdon & District Rugby Club. This match proved to be a fairly tight affair for the first period, with a well-organised Huntingdon team scoring two well worked tries and only textbook strong tackling from winger Toby Coogan preventing more concessions. On the other wing Charlie Burrows played very well, making lots of distance with his strong running. More excellent teamwork resulted in Bury taking a 15-10 lead at half-time.
In the second half Bury played really well to stretch their lead, with Freddie Dean in particular making some great runs (one of which resulted in a deserved try) and Harry MacGillivray running the show well from number 10. The final score of 40-15 reflected Bury’s team play and organisation as well as the benefits of regular attendance at training.
Try of the match was probably between an excellent score from the ever alert Finlay Blair, bravely charging down the opposition kick and running away to score, and Jack Griggs, who crossed from 15 metres out after a training ground penalty move saw Will Hudson-White receive a penalty pass with players in support either side, popping up to Angus Hudson who in turn off loaded for the finish. Will Hudson-White was again in the thick of things setting up Ben Nevison-Grainger for a well taken try. Vincent La Starza ran in four more typical tries, bullocking his way over the line and letting his controlled aggression and quick feet do the talking.
Another two wins on the road was an excellent day out for this strong Bury side, who showed no little determination and skill and really enjoy playing as a team. There is some work to do with regards to always varying/straightening the running lines to commit the opposition player before passing and in improved fitness and ability to get to the breakdown first, but these are all things that can be addressed on the training ground. Once again it was a pleasure for the coaching team to be involved this weekend, both at training and during these matches and thanks go out to the ongoing support from players and parents. The whole squad can be very proud of their excellent teamwork and efforts, all playing a part in some great rugby.