BURY SET TO TURN UP THE STYLE ON TITLE CHARGE

Action from Bury St Edmunds' first-ever National League game. They are playing Old Elthamians.     Gavin Hogg. ENGANL00220130909101335
Action from Bury St Edmunds' first-ever National League game. They are playing Old Elthamians. Gavin Hogg. ENGANL00220130909101335
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Gavin Hogg is not looking to grind out a historic promotion for Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club — saying they are set to turn up the style for a bumper crowd tomorrow.

Club officials have been planning on catering for their biggest attendance of the season for seventh-placed Chichester’s visit (3pm), to surpass the 500-plus at the 27-14 win over Westcombe Park two Saturdays ago.

And director of rugby Hogg is preparing his players to put on a show to have the ‘Haberden hollah’ in full roar and set up an opportunity to claim the title with victory at challengers Barnes in their penultimate match in a week’s time.

Following a highly-pleasing 17-7 victory at East Grinstead, to maintain top spot and kill off their opponents’ realistic promotion hopes, Hogg said: “There is a little bit more excitement and enthusiasm around the place going into the last few weeks.

“The pitches have started hardening up and making people play with more ball in hand, which certainly suits us.

“I have said to the boys that there is an opportunity now to really play the brand of fast-flowing rugby we are renowned for. We want to go to Barnes in a week playing to win the league, but we have to make sure we get the job done Saturday first.”

Chichester travel up from the south coast having claimed a tight 23-20 victory over Hogg’s side on December 6, but are terribly out of form, having lost four of their last five, while Bury — whose lack of a bonus point Saturday cut their lead by a point to five — go into tomorrow looking to record their 10th straight win.

“I think it was probably up there as one of our performances of the season and the scoreline could have been a bit more generous to us,” said Hogg of the East Grinstead match.

One negative was second row Aaron Waters coming off with a knee injury, and he will not be rushed back for tomorrow, with Sam Bixby set to move forward and Shaq Meyers get a start in the back row.

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