HEAD coach David Mountford praised the performance of Bury St Edmunds Under-10s after their victory over Syston in the Prima Tiger Cup quarter-finals played at Welford Road.
Bury booked a semi-final return to the home of Leicester Tigers in January, scoring three first-half tries without reply against Leicestershire side Syston before adding a fourth in the second half in a 4-0 victory.
“It was a fantastic performance from the guys,” said Mountford. “The boys played out of their skins and we are really proud of them.
“We thought it might be a once in a lifetime experience so it is great to be able to come back again.
“As an experience, you could see from their faces that they were chuffed to bits to play at Welford Road.”
The semi-finals will be played at Welford Road on the weekend of January 21, before Tigers take on Aironi Rugby in Europe’s Heineken Cup.
BURY RUFC U13s and Hardwick Middle School defied snow and frosted grounds to fight out a classic battle over four 15 minute quarters at the Haberden on Sunday.
Hardwick scored first through a breakaway by their number eight, converted by Haddow.
Bury responded in the second quarter as Brown scored but Hardwick were soon back infront as they took advantage of lapse defending to power through.
The second quarter started after a number of substitutions and this time Bury were the stronger team. A run by Brown and Williamson was quickly recycled for Brown to score for a half time advantage.
At the start of the third period, Brown drove through for a try to bring Bury to within two points.
However, the gap was quickly widened again by two breakaway tries for Hardwick, both converted, before Crabbe added another converted try.
The final quarter started poorly for Bury, who conceded a further try but soon rallied, with Burman scoring in the corner after a penalty on the halfway line.
Brown took the kick and converted before scoring his hat trick try after a strong drive involving much of the team before converting again.