Bury St Edmunds believe they can cause an upset on the road at Redingensians
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The month of March will ultimately decide whether Bury St Edmunds can successfully retain their National League Two South status, into a third season.
But Gavin Hogg, Bury’s Director of Rugby, believes that his side can cause an upset at Redingensians tomorrow (2.30pm).
Following tomorrow afternoon’s clash in Berkshire, Bury have a free weekend before returning to action in March with crunch fixtures at home to bottom club Exmouth (16th), and away trips to Barnes (14th) and Barnstaple (13th).
Bury have lost nine of their last 10 fixtures, to slip back to 11th spot, just four points clear of the relegation zone, but Hogg is happy with the way that his side are performing.
“It’s another very tough fixture for us this weekend, against a side who pride themselves on a very good home record,” explained Hogg.
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“We have played them three times, and lost on all three occasions, but we have been pleased with all the effort put in during the last couple of difficult games. The effort and application has been 100%.
“We were happy with our performance at Redruth (10-3 defeat), and against Chinnor last week (50-20 home defeat) – you could see why Chinnor are top the league with such a big, strong side.
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“We have a massive March ahead of us, but I think we have the potential to cause an upset this weekend.
“Redingensians are a very forwards-orientated side. They have a lot of success at set pieces, trying to get penalties from scrums to then kick for the corners, with a very effective catch-and-drive from the line-out.
“But we will be trying to get parity up front, because we believe we can then more than match them in the back-line.
“A win would really put the pressure on the teams below us, going into the free weekend, when we have a chance to recharge the batteries,” added Hogg.
Bury will make a couple of changes to the back-row tomorrow.
Darren Gillespie returns at flanker, while Maku Koroiyadi will replace Enzo Comin (unavailable) at No. 8.
Meanwhile, second-from-bottom Colchester entertain ninth-placed Westcliff in National League Three London & SE tomorrow (2.15pm).