Bury St Edmunds under 13s v. Ipswich YM RUFC – Sunday 31st March 2019 @ Ipswich RUFC
By Laura Hudson
Bury come up just short in Suffolk clash
Bury were on the road again this week, heading over to Ipswich YM on a bright but blustery Mothering Sunday. Another slow start from Bury gifted the home side two early tries as the basics of securing the ball at kick-off were temporarily forgotten. After a slow ten minutes Bury woke up and Kai Tan scored his first try of the day, showing a clean pair of heels to outpace the Ipswich defence.
Settling into something of a rhythm and sensing a weakness to pace in the Ipswich midfield, Bury scored two more quick tries with some good back play. First, Billy Reid showed his speed and skill before Kai Tan doubled his tally with another quick break. Ethan Swan scored a typically strong try and Tom Cornwall and AustIn Dennis both got their names on the scoresheet with tries that their all-round play and commitment deserved. Bury went into the half time interval with a slender lead in a fairly evenly contested match.
The second half opened with Ipswich YM flying out of the blocks and Bury appearing a little tired or perhaps low in confidence, particularly around tackling and the breakdown. Kai Tan completed his hat-trick with another speedy line break and Harley Gregory got the score that his man of the match performance deserved on the day. Ben Nevison-Grainger completed Bury’s scoring for the day with a well worked try, but Ipswich YM just had too much in the second half to run out 60-45 winners.
There is plenty to be learnt from this match, but in particular it should be remembered that games are not often won without securing plenty of the ball. To surrender possession at 90% of the re-starts and rucks makes the game so much harder to control, so work will need to be done to improve in these areas. Whilst Tom Cornwall, AustIn Dennis, Harley Gregory and Ben Nevison-Grainger all tackled superbly some of the other defensive work left a little to be desired. Securing the ball at the breakdown by committing fully to the tackle or ruck is vital. Re-organising quickly for the next phase of play can also be worked on at training.
Overall the boys stuck to the task well and, but for starting both halves slowly, the end result could have easily been the other way around. Tour weekend next week and plenty to work on at training as well. Many thanks in particular to the mums who missed their well-deserved Mother’s Day lie-in, we are very grateful and you are all amazing!