A very large crowd was royally entertained as Bury Wolverines (second XV) beat the RAF 31–8 on Tuesday.
Many Bury players were involved with Rob Blatch skippering the side, along with the likes of Ben Scully, Charlie Birrell, Mike Lagudi, together with promising youngsters Jo Phillips and Sean Davis.
They were supplemented by players from Norwich, Stowmarket, Ipswich, Thurston and, notably, Northampton Saints Academy.
The Wolves dominated the first half with Bury old boy Greg White notching two tries early on to put the Wolverines on the front foot.
The RAF side looked to be a collection of talented players but perhaps suffering from not having played together much, they struggled to hold a fired up invitational side.
Having gone 19–0 down, the Sky Blues did pull one try back just before half-time.
In the second half the RAF, prepared for their inter-services tournament at Twickenham, came out much more determined to make a fist of things.
Another former Bury player, Howard Parr, who plies his trade with Championship outfit Rotherham, galvanised the forces forwards and the game was pretty even until the closing moments.
Stowmarket centre Tim Mann helped create space for the Wolverines full-back to dot down and a try in the last play of the match went to Bury player Ryan Wiggins as he caught White’s astute chip kick.
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