In-form Bury St Edmunds looking to continue winning streak at home to Cinderford

David Coutts, in action against Old Elthamians, will switch from tight head to loose head prop again

David Coutts, in action against Old Elthamians, will switch from tight head to loose head prop against Cinderford this weekend. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Bury St Edmunds, effectively free from the threat of relegation, will be looking to finish their second season in National League Two South on a high, during the final month of the season.

Gavin Hogg, Bury’s Director of Rugby, is certainly looking for his side to start strongly against visiting Cinderford tomorrow (kick-off 3pm), in the Wolfpack’s penultimate home fixture.

Fresh from three wins on the bounce, over Exmouth (33-28 at home), Barnes (43-31 away) and Barnstaple (29-3 away), Bury are up to 11th spot, 15 points clear of the bottom three with just four matches remaining.

Cinderford, sixth in the table, will provide stern opposition at The Haberden.

“The pressure is off us a little, after last weekend’s win (at Barnstaple). Now we have an opportunity to kick on, and push on this month,” explained Hogg.

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“We want to finish as high as we can, and certainly we will be targeting our final two home games, in terms of putting on good performances and getting favourable results.

“We were 19-0 up early on at Cinderford (in a 29-26 defeat), but then got bullied in the forwards in the second half, so we want to put in a better account of ourselves this weekend.

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“Cinderford had a slow start to the season, but they have been very strong since Christmas and have got some good results.

“However, we are one of the form teams in the division, and I think we owe our home supporters a good performance, because we have tended to have some slow starts in our home matches recently.

“We have started to sort that out lately, so it would be good to get off to a decent start against Cinderford and get the crowd right behind us,” added Hogg.

Bury will be without loose-head prop Toby Trinder – he is away for two weeks with the England Under-19s, at a training camp and playing some internal fixtures.

Therefore, David Coutts will switch from tight-head to loose-head, with Ehren Painter coming into the front row.

Hogg added: “We have Sean Stapleton coming back after an elbow injury, and Sam Sterling after his two-match ban for his sending off against Exmouth. They will both be on the bench, so we will have some fresh legs to bring on.”

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