Bury St Edmunds enjoy 79-0 victory at Cornish All Blacks
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Matt Edison scored four tries as Bury St Edmunds put an already-relegated Cornish All Blacks side to the sword with a 13-try demolition in the south west.
It could have been worse for the hosts, had Bury not squandered several chances.
Bury, buoyed by three consecutive wins, had travelled in confident mood to play a team without a win all season and, although wary of not underestimating their opponents, were determined to return to Suffolk with five points.
Within three minutes, Bury had registered their first try, Sean Stapleton powering through a gaping hole in the All Blacks’ defence.
Up front Bury had total control, especially in the set-piece, while out wide, the pace of the Bury three quarters was just too hot to handle.
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The dominance of the Bury forwards led to the first three scores. In addition to Stapleton, skipper Matt Eddison and Fijian No 8 Maku both blasted over to end the game as a contest after just 16 minutes.
As is often the case, when the game is a little too easy, complacency and over-elaboration can creep in, and Bury made a hash of one or two scoring chances.
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Three more tries were added in the first half, Jo Lawson slicing though, Shaq Meyers finishing off a delightful handling move and Chris Snelling combining well with Pierre Peres and Chris Lord down the blindside to make it 36-0 at the break.
The second period pretty much followed the pattern of the first although the All Blacks were a little more spirited in attack and Bury, forced to defend a little more, were more clinical going forward.
Lord got the ball rolling, outpacing his opposite number to score out wide.
The full back landed a fine conversion from the touchline but then missed an absolute sitter in front of the posts after Edison had proved unstoppable from 10 metres out.
Edison would cap a memorable day to go on and score two more tries.
The first saw him get on the end of a huge overlap as Peres switched the point of attack and the second saw him gallop fully 60 metres to outpace the cover defence after a turnover.
In between those scores, Lawson helped himself to a second try and the forwards deservedly earned a penalty try as the efforts of Cooper, Collins, Bingham and Reid were rewarded.
The final score of the day went to Josh Walker, who having spurned a chance in the first half, made no mistake second time around.
Good work by Sterling got Bury behind the flagging defence and Walker had enough space and time to skip over.
To their credit, the home team battled gamely to the end, but Bury were determined to deny them a score.
Special mention should also go the supporters, they numbered almost 30 in total, that made the 600 plus mile round trip to cheer Bury on.