Bury St Edmunds U16 34 v Sudbury U16 15
By Kirk Bonas
Sudbury arrived at the Haberdan on the back of an impressive victory against Newmarket last week and the knowledge that last season they had comprehensively beaten us in the cup. From the outset it was clear that the game would be a high speed, testosterone fuelled encounter with no quarter given by either side. Following a steal at the lineout we secured the first points; however the lead was short lived as Sudbury responded with a try in the corner, closely followed by another. Scoring opportunities for both sides were kept to a minimum and as the whistle sounded for half time, Sudbury held a slender 10-7 lead.
Unperturbed the team responded quickly as the second half began, retaking the lead through a try following great pressure. Confidence exuded throughout the team and the lead would not be relinquished again. During the second half both teams continued to play with determination, however, significant sustained pressure ensured that the team managed to extend the lead steadily. Excellent defence from the team was complimented by a number of opportunities to further increase the score, regardless of determined Sudbury defence, stretching the lead to 34-10. With time running out, Sudbury managed to break free and score another try, final score 34-15.
Today was an outstanding team performance, full of passion, power and when required precision. Defensively the team were outstanding limiting a very good Sudbury side to few chances, we were organised, physical and unified. In attack the running, passing and awareness were testament to the hard work put in at training, catch and drive to score from a 5m lineout, hands to score in the corner, this game had it all. Thanks to Sudbury for their contribution to the spectacle, throughout they played with 100% intensity and competed until the final whistle. Today, however, was Bury’s day, boys you were awesome!