NATIONAL THREE L&SE: CS Rugby 1863 42 Bury St Edmunds 27
A try either side of half-time helped condemn Bury St Edmunds to their second consecutive loss on the road at CS Rugby 1863.
Gavin Hogg’s charges were unable to recover from conceding those scores either side of the interval and they ended up going down by 15 points.
Bury showed several changes from the side that had performed so admirably last time out against East Grinstead.
With Casey Stone on Sevens duty in Hong Kong, Tim Mann unable to travel and Will Martin a victim to flu, Jamie Cooke and Dan Garrard returned to the starting line-up and Ben Scully made a rare outing at full-back.
Up front it was a similar story. Hooker Oscar Lechnar’s broken hand has ruled him out for the season and Malcolm Osando rested in preparation for his London Under-20s trial, with George Stokes and Codey Gray coming into the mix.
Forward Sam Bixby was on kicking duties and duly struck the visitors into a 3-0 lead with a penalty.
Scott Hadon restored parity with a penalty for CS Rugby before Jon Webber cut a great angle back off his wing and burst through a couple of ineffective tackles to touch down and put them in front with an unconverted try.
Bury levelled when a penalty was kicked to within 15 metres of the line and, after a series of drives from the resulting lineout, a battered and bloodied Beau Gibson powered his way over from five metres to make it 8-8.
From the restart, Bury almost took the lead, but Tim Young lost control of the ball as he crossed the line.
The let-off seemed to galvanise CS, who took advantage of Ben Scully being sinbinned for a high tackle when they darted in for a converted try on the stroke of half-time.
The second half could not have started in a worse fashion as Jesse Rush’s kick-off sailed long over the dead ball line, forcing a scrum back on halfway.
The CS attack from the scrum was turned over on the Bury 22, but Rush saw his clearance kick charged down by flank forward O’Halloran and he gleefully scored by the posts. Haddon’s easy extras made it 22-8.
Haddon added a penalty shortly afterwards and the game’s momentum had swung clearly the way of CS.
Skipper Matt Edison attempted to lead the recovery from the front.
His fine work in stealing the ball at a CS attacking maul allowed Logan Dodds and Bixby to take the ball on before Tanimo Samoa broke through for a deserved score.
Bixby’s extras brought the score back to 27-15.
Although CS scored another seven points, Bury refused to give up and fine work by Sean Davies created the space for Samoa to score his second try.
An audacious dink over the on rushing defence was collected by himself and he had enough pace and power to get over the line.
Bixby’s conversion brought the score back to 34-22, but a penalty and a try from Haddon – the latter after a fumble by Ben Radmall – sent CS Rugby well clear again.
Bury managed to earn a bonus point for scoring four tries when Mike Bellamy ran round on the loop to score.