Bury St Edmunds’ memorable victory over London Irish Wild Geese will only be a ‘great achievement’ if they back it up with a win tomorrow.
Director of rugby Gavin Hogg issued the rallying cry after Bury went top of the fifth tier of English rugby with a 20-9 triumph over the previous table-toppers at The Haberden on Saturday.
The Suffolk side head to struggling CS Rugby 1863 tomorrow (2.30pm) top of the pile, but fully aware the last time they wrestled control of National Three London and South East they promptly threw it away seven days later.
“The London Irish win was a great achievement, but it will only still be considered a great achievement if we can back it up again this week,” said Hogg, who will be forced into changes as he looks to rotate his bruised and battered squad. “We are very wary it’s a massive banana skin coming off of last week’s win.”
Full-back Michael Sage — who kicked 10 points in Saturday’s win — and flanker Kieran Black (both hamstring) are set to be rested, which could pave the way for Ben Enoka to make his first start for the club in place of the latter.
Meanwhile, Charlie Pask is in line to take Sage’s place at full-back, along with his goal-kicking duties.
Versatile back Tom Bird is another who could make his debut after arriving at the club on Tuesday, but George Bretag-Norris (fractured eye socket), Brad Cook (RAF duty) and Ben Cooper (back) remain sidelined.
Former Leicester Tiger Josh Goldspink continues to struggle with an elbow problem, but could see some action tomorrow if he came through training last night.