1st XV vs Bury St. Edmunds at away

  • Competition: National League 2 South 2017/18
  • Squad: 1st XV
  • Date: Saturday 17th of February 2018 15:00
  • Final Score: 26 - 46

Match Report

                               BURY ST EDMUNDS 46  CANTERBURY 26

The city side were always chasing this game after conceding three tries in  a depressingly poor first fifteen minutes.  Despite a second half revival, which earned a losing bonus point, they could never recover the lost ground and slipped to a third consecutive defeat.   
Bury’s Tio Uri, Will Affleck and Mark Kohler punished Canterbury’s poor execution and lack of concentration in that opening burst but, luckily, the conversion attempts were all off target so they were spared further pain.
After those shocks it took  time to find any attacking territory but  hopes were raised when Ollie Best’s long pass sent Guy Hilton clear for a 26th minute try. Best landed the first of three excellent conversions all from close to the touchline but by half time the city’s side’s continuing unforced errors had undone the good work.
They paid a heavy price as a confident Bury scored twice in as many minutes.
A yawning blindside gap was spotted and ended in a try for Sam Bixby and as soon as the game restarted Kohler intercepted Tom Best’s pass to sprint away for his side’s fifth touchdown. Two conversions from Fraser Honey gave Bury a comfortable 22-point cushion at the break.
Canterbury’s bleak afternoon was summed up as they started the second half with clear intent but coughed up ball when it seemed they might get a second try. Bury swept to the other end, worked an overlap for wing Dwayne Corcoran and Honey’s conversion gave them the look of nailed on winners.  For a Canterbury side unsettled by forced changes before the start of the game defeat could have become humiliation.  Instead they they lifted their heads and produced their best spell of the match. A catch and drive saw Sam Kenny burrow over the line and Dan Smart, who brought fresh energy to the attack from the bench, pulled off an interception and ran in the try from 80 metres.  The job now was to find a bonus point fourth try and although the Bury pack’s
pressure forced a penalty try and a yellow card for Royce Cadman,  they did it.  In the last move of the game Aiden Moss’s elusive run ensured that Canterbury edged the second half, but that was hardly a consolation.
Canterbury A.Moss, G.Hilton, S.Sterling, T.Best, H.Sayers, O,Best (repl F.Morgan), K.Braithwaite (repl D.Smart), A.Cooper, T.Rogers (repl J.Otto), S.Kenny (repl A.Wake-Smith), R.Cadman, M.Corker, A.Woodward (repl V.Meredith), D.Bailey, M.Cantwell.

David Haigh

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# Team Pld Pts
1 Cinderford 23 110
2 Chinnor 23 100
3 Redingensians 23 85
4 Taunton Titans 23 85
5 Redruth 23 74
6 Bury St Edmunds 23 64
7 Henley 23 63
8 Tonbridge Juddians 23 60
9 Worthing 23 58
10 Canterbury 23 56
11 Barnstaple 23 46
12 London Irish Wild Geese 23 43
13 Clifton 23 39
14 Old Redcliffians 23 35
15 Wimbledon 23 34
16 Broadstreet 23 25