Battling Bury grab a deserved bonus point in the rain at Redruth
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Bury claimed a deserved losing bonus point at a rain lashed Redruth.
Having travelled 375 miles to West Cornwall on the back of two recent poor performances, it was the least the Wolfpack deserved for a stirring performance against all the odds.
Skipper Tom Rock had called on the side to produce a performance and a performance they gave, full of heart, passion and commitment, so frustratingly missing in recent weeks.
Redruth, on a great run of form had edged their way up to third in the league and at the famous hell fire corner would have been expected to roll over a Bury side low on confidence. Early skirmishes did not look good and when Redruth hooker Luis Phillips was bundled over after just 7 minutes the mood matched the dark clouds overhead.
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Redruth declined a straight forward kick at goal to go for a try in the famous hell fire corner. Bury defended valiantly but the Reds stayed composed to power lock Shaun Buzza over from close range to open up a 10-point lead.
From there on in the game slowly switched from home superiority to parity to Bury finally in control.
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Both teams understandably struggled to hold on to the ball, but as the second half drew on Bury slowly began to assert themselves. Bury had the better of a bout of aerial ping pong, setting themselves off on a series of drives that Redruth struggled to deal with and Lyle made them pay with a well struck penalty when they transgressed at a ruck.
Redruth tried to break out and push Bury back but the Bury line-out, led superbly by Whetton, often affected a turn over and from one such stolen line out Bury launched a series of attacks that gave Lyle the chance to land another penalty, but sadly it drifted agonisingly wide.
And so the game went on…..an even stevens affair, the wet and mud dominating but Bury more than holding their own.
Bury crept into the Redruth half and entertained hopes of scoring an equalising try, but couldn’t quite engineer a genuine scoring opportunity.