Results

Date Time Season
17th Feb 2018 3:00 pm National League 2 South 2017/18

Match Report

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

Bury St. Edmunds

Position T C P DG
 0000

Canterbury

# Player Position T C P DG
Aaron CooperProp0000
Aidan WoodwardFlanker0000
Aiden MossFull-back1000
Alexander Wake-SmithSubstitute0000
Daniel SmartSubstitute1000
David BaileyFlanker0000
Frank MorganSubstitute0000
Guy HiltonWing1000
Harry SayersWing0000
Jarvis OttoSubstitute0000
Kyan BraithwaiteScrum half0000
Matt CorkerLock0000
Max CantwellNumber Eight0000
Oliver BestOutside half0300
Royce CadmanLock0000
Sam SterlingCentre0000
Samuel KennyProp1000
Thomas BestCentre0000
Tom RogersHooker0000
Vaughan MeredithSubstitute0000
 Total 4300
T
0
4
C
0
3
P
0
0
DG
0
0

Bury St. Edmunds

Position T C P DG
 0000

Canterbury

# Player Position T C P DG
Aaron CooperProp0000
Aidan WoodwardFlanker0000
Aiden MossFull-back1000
Alexander Wake-SmithSubstitute0000
Daniel SmartSubstitute1000
David BaileyFlanker0000
Frank MorganSubstitute0000
Guy HiltonWing1000
Harry SayersWing0000
Jarvis OttoSubstitute0000
Kyan BraithwaiteScrum half0000
Matt CorkerLock0000
Max CantwellNumber Eight0000
Oliver BestOutside half0300
Royce CadmanLock0000
Sam SterlingCentre0000
Samuel KennyProp1000
Thomas BestCentre0000
Tom RogersHooker0000
Vaughan MeredithSubstitute0000
 Total 4300
T
0
4
C
0
3
P
0
0
DG
0
0

Match Venue

Bury St. Edmunds RUF
The GK IPA Haberden, Southgate Green, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 2BL, UK