Bury’s basic instinct

FIGHT AND FLIGHT: Tim Mann made the difference for Bury on Saturday
FIGHT AND FLIGHT: Tim Mann made the difference for Bury on Saturday
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Director of rugby Gavin Hogg believes Bury St Edmunds’ difference-making quality is the easiest thing to get right on the training field.

While second-placed London Irish Wild Geese suffered a shock defeat against relegation-threatened Tring on Saturday, Bury avoided their own upset by using their superior fitness to overhaul a half-time deficit against Guernsey.

But while Hogg is proud of his side’s fitness — thanks a lot to the work of strength and conditioning coach Adam White — he insists that is one of the most basic attributes for a squad to gain.

“I’ve always been a big believer that fitness is always one of the easiest things to get right,” said Hogg, whose side travel to Tonbridge Juddians tomorrow (2.30pm). “Players do a lot of work outside of training on Tuesday and Thursday nights and those percentage gains are what we are looking for in the last 20 minutes of games.

“At half-time in tight games we feel we can pull away from teams in the second half and fitness contributes to that.”

Scrum-half Simon Sexton (shoulder) and flanker Kieran Black (hamstring) are expected to return to Bury’s starting XV tomorrow, but centre Greg White is unavailable.

Bury’s 23-14 victory over Guernsey on Saturday opened up a seven-point advantage over Wild Geese and Barnes at the top of National Three London and South East with six games remaining.

A maximum of five points are available for a win.