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Brilliant Bury put on best display of season to down Wild Geese

PUBLISHED: 13:04 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 25 March 2018

Mark Kohler was in fine form for Bury in their big win at London Irish. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Mark Kohler was in fine form for Bury in their big win at London Irish. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT


National League Two South

London Irish Wild Geese 29

Bury St Edmunds 50

The Wolfpack put in their finest performance for many a moon with a scintillating seven try victory, writes Simon Lord.

Dave Coutts bagged a brace for Bury. Picture: SHAWN PEARCEDave Coutts bagged a brace for Bury. Picture: SHAWN PEARCE

Bury were straight out of the blocks. Sam Bixby ought to have opened their account on three minutes when he was up in good support of Yas Brown, only to fail to get the ball down as he crossed the line. However from the resulting five-metre scrum, Jake Ashby darted over to cap a bright start for Bury.

The Geese responded well, Owens going over to score. But Bury roared back, as Bixby drove through a line-out and Dave Coutts was able to power his way over from close range from the resulting ruck.

Irish once again showed just how dangerous they can be when Bury handed the ball over with a careless pass and seconds later Meeson was scoring in the corner.

If that wasn’t warning enough, from the restart Bury did not get organised in defence and swift hands exposed a dog leg and Hodgkinson touched down.

There was no let up in the frenetic nature of the match and it was Bury who led 19-17 at the interval after Bixby finally got the try he deserved.

For the next half hour Bury were in total control, playing some of their finest rugby of the season.

Tristan King, who had arguably his best game for Bury, seized on a turnover to carry the ball deep into Irish territory. Bury stayed patient, recycling well to create the space for Mark Kohler to ghost in after just two minutes.

Then Coutts went over again, and Bury were 33-17 to the good. King was next to cross and the game was lost for the Irish.

There was no let up from Bury though as Kohler had too much pace to be stopped and whilst he could have added to his personal tally, he unselfishly passed to the supporting Salva Lloret for his first score for the club.

The home side managed to score two in the dying minutes, both wide on the right as their swift counter attacks were rewarded.

However it was never going to threaten Bury’s well deserved lead and Harrison’s confident penalty in the dying embers brought the half century up for Bury and a job more than well done.

Titus Bramble says Ipswich Town duo Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes were stand-out performers at the recent England Under-20 camp.

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back with another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

Trevoh Chalobah was proud to captain England Under 20s in their 2-0 victory over Germany at Colchester on Monday night but has already turned his attention to Ipswich Town’s Friday clash with West Brom.

Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen says he is ready to talk to other clubs in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is clear on his January recruitment strategy following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans yesterday.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features John Wark scoring twice in a draw with Swindon, while the Blues progressed in the League Cup.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor believes the international break has offered the perfect chance for the Blues squad to bond further following the arrival of Paul Lambert.

Paul Lambert is confident Ipswich Town can quickly overturn their five point deficit if they continue the progress they have made in the early weeks of his reign.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell believes he is finally back up to speed following his year-long injury absence.

England Under 20s beat Germany 2-0 at Colchester this evening. ANDY WARREN was there to see how Trevoh Chalobah, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes got on

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