Hogg confident of building on first victory

AMONG THE SCORERS: Tanimo Samoa got on the scoresheet in Bury St Edmunds 43-21 victory over Hertford
AMONG THE SCORERS: Tanimo Samoa got on the scoresheet in Bury St Edmunds 43-21 victory over Hertford

Bury St Edmunds director of rugby Gavin Hogg has backed his side to build a winning sequence after claiming their first victory of the season.

Having suffered a losing start to the campaign, going down 20-13 at newly-promoted Gravesend, The Haberden based-outfit redeemed themselves with an impressive 43-21 success at home to Hertford on Saturday.

It with the pressure of gaining that first success of the new National League Three London and South East season now behind them, Hogg is confident the club can go on a winning run starting with a trip to Amersham and Chiltern tomorrow (3pm).

“It was our intention to put things right and I’m delighted we managed to do that,” he said. “We worked extremely hard throughout the game and it was great to see us being more comfortable and clinical in possession.

“If we had lost the first two games of the season it could have made things difficult for ourselves, but we now have that renewed confidence.

“It is always pleasing to get a win on the board early and that pressure has been eased a bit now

“Momentum can be crucial and with this platform I’m sure we can build a winning streak.”

Bury started Saturday’s encounter at a blistering pace and broke the deadlock with just six minutes on the clock.

After new captain Chris Snelling was stopped close to the try line, the ball was retained and played to scrum-half Scott Lewis to dart over.

The visitors responded with a penalty score eight minutes later only for the home side to hit straight back with a wave of attacks finally resulting in prop Luma Kivalu spinning off the side of the maul to touch down.

Rawcliffe added the conversion to see Bury 12-3 ahead.

The momentum continued with the home side as the pressure told with three further successful penalties from Rawcliffe sending them in at the interval with a healthy 21-6 advantage.

Hogg’s charges refused to rest on their laurels after the restart and extended their lead as Kivalu powered his way through to double his tally.

Hertford responded with a penalty, but Bury were soon back in their stride as a strong run from Tanimo Samoa resulted in Kivalu storming through again to seal his hat-trick and take the scoreline to 31-9.

With the visitors somewhat demoralised, Samoa added to their woes further with a try of his own, before Nick Styles rubbed salt in the wound by scoring directly from the restart.

With victory assured, the home side eased off, resulting in a late rally from Hertford with two tries to reduce the deficit, but it failed to take the shine off Bury’s display.

n The club have also been handed a major boost after Bury St Edmunds-based lawyers Burnett Barker Solicitors agreed a deal to sponsor the club’s all-weather pitch.