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Bury St Edmunds RUFC
Barnes
Sun 7 Jan 14:00 - Cup Full time

Foxes reach Cup quarter finals with win against Barnes

Bury St Edmunds Foxes 31 Barnes Women 7

Bury St Edmunds Foxes 31 Barnes Women 7

The Foxes picked up the New Year where they had left the previous and advanced to the RFU Intermediate Cup Quarter Finals with an assured win over Barnes Women.

The opening exchanges saw both sides have equal measure of possession. Barnes attacked around the fringes of the breakdown and looked to find weaknesses in the Foxes tackling and positioning. When in possession the Foxes used their skilful handling and hard running to make early in roads into the Barnes defence, making good ground in wide areas. The away side however stuck at their task and used some of their strong runners to keep the first ten minutes of the game deadlocked.

Eventually, after some consistent pressure and a few phases Georgie Palmer wriggled over the line from short range to open the scoring for the Foxes. Not to be satisfied, however, Palmer was soon on the score sheet again, going in under the posts after some slick distribution of the ball wide from both backs and forwards in attack.

The Foxes were now gradually getting on top of the game and confidence was beginning to flow. Some errors in open play from Barnes saw chances to make meters crop up, Lucy Kerr & Emily-Jane Stearn taking full advantage with some strong running. The final try before half time was certainly a special one for tenacious hooker Jasmin Clark. Scooping up a loose ball and strong arming her way through a crowded Barnes defence to find herself sprinting in for a try from the half way line. Half time score 17-0.

The Foxes knew that the next score would be crucial with regards to how difficult the second half would be. Before they could snatch the initiative a revitalised Barnes came out strong in the second half, continuing to run hard at the Foxes defence and make a nuisance of themselves at set pieces. Over the course of the first ten minutes of the second half the Foxes saw little of the ball and had to defend for long periods. The visitors powering over for a score as a result.

Further pressure came and was met with a huge amount of resistance from the home side; Laura Stone & Sophie de Ronde leading by example with some excellent tackles. The strength in the Foxes defensive efforts eventually coughed up an error from Barnes, and the slick handling and running skill from the backs allowed Lucy Kerr to get a well deserved try from thirty metres out and negate the away sides pressure. With the Foxes sensing an opportunity to go in for the kill, more attacks and pressure came and it was Danni Lee who wrapped up the scoring, converting her own try to make the final score 31-7.

The Foxes are now seven games unbeaten in both league and cup competitions. The unity of the squad and effort in training is certainly paying off for a team that is hungry to improve. The Foxes welcome Chelmsford next week to the Greene King IPA Haberden.

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