poor first half costs wolfpack
Bury St Edmunds 22
Ben Turner believes the character displayed by his new team-mates in Saturday’s home loss to Redruth will help keep them clear of trouble at the wrong end of the table.
But the loan signing from Taunton Titans did warn they must improve their decision-making after The Wolfpack went down to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season after surrendering their unbeaten home run against a clinical side.
“Redruth are a well drilled side who have been in National Two for a long, long time and for the boys to show the character they did in certain phases of that game was fantastic,” said the 33-year-old, who marked his debut with a second-half try which had got Bury back in a game they had looked out of at half-time, before a couple of late penalties saw the points slip away.
“Our decision-making needs to be a bit better and when you are playing a side like Redruth they will capitalise on your mistakes.”
Turner was brought in to help out with the troublesome second-row position after switching jobs to work in London.
“It is good to be part of a club that wants to go forward and have good aspirations,” he said.“For the time being I am on loan from Taunton. If they need me, then I will be asked to go back but Bury are very aware of that and I am very happy to be here.
With Pierre Peres and Darren Gillespie (both ankle) long-term injury victims, former Osprey Emyr Williams (concussion) also missed out while number eight Matt Edison returned from the side who lost 41-36 at Henley Hawks.
Scott Lyle started at fly-half after Liam McBride failed a late fitness test on his hamstring.
Bury, playing in their fluorescent yellow change strip, saw an Edison handling error end a promising attack before being indebted to Lyle for a good recovery tackle on halfway.
The visitors, who finished fourth last season, came within a whisker of a pushover try at the other end.
But it was Bury who opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when winger Michael Mellet was fed the ball from the base of a scrum from Lyle and did well to exploit a gap in the Redruth line. Despite the conversion looking odds-on, Lyle dragged his kick wide of the far post.
It took just three minutes for the Cornish side to reply, using the power of their forwards to pick-and-drive their way over the try-line through Shaun Buzza, but Brett Rule was unable to add the extras.
Two converted tries in the space of three minutes from the half-hour mark saw Redruth fly into a 19-5 lead.
First, flanker Chris Fuca finished an eye-catching move down the right, before Alexander Ducker went on a strong run before laying across to Nielson Webber to ground, with Rule finding his range to provide the conversions.
A dazed Bury were further punished for some lackadaisical defending at the end of the half as the impressive Jack Oulton broke through all too easily before offloading to winger Lewis Vinnicombe to touch down, with Rule again converting for 26-5.
It looked a long way back for The Wolfpack, but a rip-roaring start to the second 40 minutes gave the home fans real hope to cling on to.
Only 30 seconds had passed since the restart when Sam Sterling cut a line in from the right to score, with Lyle converting.
Bury kept the pressure in their opponent’s half and were rewarded with their third try of the day, which Lyle again converted, eight minutes later with debutante Turner going over from close in after Mellet had been held up just short after a good run for 26-19.
An ill-judged cross-field kick across their own 22-metre line was soon punished when it saw Rule kicking over a penalty to take Redruth 10 points clear.
Try-scorer Sterling had to be helped off the pitch with a leg injury before Bury opted to kick at goal from a penalty more than 40 metres out, with Lyle’s successful attempt bringing them to within a converted try of tying the scoreboard, with 18 minutes still to play.
But Bury’s good work was undone three minutes later when they conceded a penalty at the other end from which Rule made no mistake.
The Cornish side lost scrum-half Oulton to a red card with a quarter-of-an-hour still on the clock, with the referee indicating backchat.
Despite being a man down, the visitors broke up the other end and put the result beyond doubt with another successful penalty from Rule’s boot.
Bury: 1 Palmer, 2 Collins (c), 3 Griffiths, 4 Turner, 5 Enoka, 6 Bixby, 7 Stapleton, 8 Edison, 9 Anderson-Brown, 10 Lyle, 11 Mellett, 12 Rock, 13 Sterling, 14 Bodkin, 15 Lord. Replacements: Alexander, Bingham, Trinder, O’Reilley, Vunivesilevu.
Man of The Match: Ben Turner
n Bury Foxes registered their second win of the season with a 17-12 victory at third place Peterborough on Sunday. Lucy Kerr (2) and Stephanie Durrant scored the tries, with Sophia John given the forward of the match award.