Bury St Edmunds RUFC will need to produce their most complete performance of the season so far if they are to maintain their unbeaten home record this weekend.
That is the view of Bury’s director of rugby Gavin Hogg, who prepares his side to host Redruth in their latest National League Two South fixture at The Haberden tomorrow (2pm).
The Wolfpack (seventh) have won all three of their home games so far this season, tasting victory against Clifton, Worthing Raiders and London Irish Wild Geese.
But ahead of hosting fourth place Redruth this weekend, Hogg insists his side require a more complete performance if they are to keep up their winning run on home turf.
“The story of our season so far seems to be that we are strong in the first half and then have a sloppy early spell in the second half,” Hogg said.
“It is something we need to address. We’ve got the opportunity to play in front of a big home crowd and try and put a few wrongs right.
“Redruth have had a really strong start to the season and are a top three or four side.
“It’s going to be a very tough fixture for us. Last season when they came to ours they beat us by one point, but we had an opportunity to win it late on.
“If we’re going to get anything out of the game we’re going to need a 60 or 70-minute performance, if not an 80-minute performance.”
Although Bury have enjoyed success in all of their home fixtures so far this season, they have yet to win on their travels.
Last weekend saw the Wolfpack narrowly beaten 41-36 by the Henley Hawks, but again it was the second-half performance which proved to be Bury’s downfall.
After building up a 24-15 half-time lead, Hogg’s charges shipped 26 points after the break — the most amount of points they have conceded in any half so far this season — to finish on the losing side.
“It’s been a bit of a frustrating affair for us going away from home,” Hogg admitted.
“There have been positive aspects to our performances in our away games so far.
“We’ve been putting ourselves in situations to win games, but to not be able to close them out it has left us feeling like we’ve been robbed of the points.
“The challenge we’ve laid down for the boys is to get back-to-back wins, and for the next few weeks we’ve got some really tough fixtures.
“The test for them now is to raise their performances on the pitch and get that first away win, but first we’ll be looking to bounce back at home against Redruth.”
Blindside flanker Emyr Williams (concussion) is likely to be ruled out for tomorrow’s game, but the Wolfpack will welcome back number eight Matt Edison to the squad after he missed the defeat at Henley.
Pierre Peres and Darren Gillespie are still out injured.
n Bury St Edmunds RUFC are hosting a minis festival this Sunday which will see more than 1,000 players taking part.
Billed as the largest minis festival in East Anglia, an attendance of 3,000 is expected as teams from Ipswich YM, Ipswich RFU, Ely, Colchester, St Neots, Stowmarket, Braintree, Hadleigh, Newmarket and Maldon all visit.
A family fun day atmosphere is expected, with a Samurai stall, quad bike rides, popcorn and much more all available on the day.
RFU representative Tim Reed will be attending, while Bury first-team players, led by Dan Collins, will be supporting the club’s minis with warm-up training and motivational chats.