LONDON ONE NORTH
Bury St Edmunds 77
Gavin Hogg’s Bury St Edmunds side made it a perfect 10 bonus point wins from 10 with a comfortable victory over Basildon at the Haberden on Saturday.
After a first half that Bury had to scrap hard for to establish a lead, they overwhelmed the visitors with 10 further tries after the break, to maintain their unblemished form ahead of tomorrow’s trip to 10th placed Chingford (2.15pm).
Brenton Krammer got the ball rolling with an early penalty, which was soon added to with successive tries from Harry Gooderham, first racing in from 30-yards with a solo try, while his second came from a smart pass from Will Martin, gifting the hosts a 15-0 lead at the interval.
Immediately after the re-start Bury extended their advantage as Kenny Eggars peeled off wide from a driving scrum to receive the ball and crash over.
Basildon, having had a decent share of possession in the first half, were struggling to get a foothold in the match and when they were guilty of missing touch with a kick they were punished as Krammer fed Martin to race in from just inside his own half.
Gooderham then completed his hat-trick with Krammer’s excellent conversion taking the score to 36-0.
Shortly after Gooderham added his fourth try, which was soon added to by Matt Page, who holding off several challenges slid over in the corner.
A turnover just inside the Basildon half saw Page race away and although the Emerald defence managed to stop him just short, Sam Bixby arrived to power over from short range. The conversion made it 53-0.
The onslaught continued with Martin finishing off a smart chip from Chris Nelling, before Alex Lee was given too much space to run in from the half-way line.
Despite the score exceeding the 60-point mark, there was to be no let up from the home side as Gooderham added an incredible fifth try, converted by Krammer, to make it 70-0.
Referee Rozier suggested there was one last play of the match and Bury scored again.
Lagudi pouched the kick-off well and made good ground, Page danced his way into midfield before off loading out of the tackle to Martin, who had too much pace for the floundering Basildon defence.
Krammer added a final conversion to cap off a dominant display.