Rugby Union: Bury 33 Civil Service 13

Bury 33 Civil Service 13Bury stormed to a memorable victory against the Civil Service and consolidated their third spot in the league, while avenging the heavy defeat they suffered away earlier in the season.

Bury 33 Civil Service 13

Bury stormed to a memorable victory against the Civil Service and consolidated their third spot in the league, while avenging the heavy defeat they suffered away earlier in the season.

The large crowd saw Bury start in style, the pack producing their best game of the season to feed the backs with quality quick ball. The early pressure brought dividends for the home team with Van Den Berg producing a double miss pass which Turner collected, and then produced a classic inside out step to round the defence and open the scoring.

A penalty for offside increased the lead, successfully taken by Van Den Berg, and Bury then increased their lead to 15, after only 20 minutes when Chennel produced an exquisite chip through for Turner to gather and score under the posts.


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Turner then had a great opportunity to score his hat-trick, but the excellent referee saw a Civil Service player holding him back, and the resulting penalty from Van Den Berg stretched the lead to an unassailable 18-3 at the interval.

The second half saw the expected spirited fightback by the visitors, and Bury were on the back foot for long spells, but then Bury furthur increased their lead with a magnifent try by Mann, on for the injured Beukies, who broke from half way, and eluded several despairing tackles before touching down in front of the grandstand.

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The Civil Service then started to show the quality of rugby that sees them only one place below Bury in the league, and two good tries reduced the deficit to 26-13. Bury responded with the backs coach, man-of-the-match Brown, picking up a loose pass to score under the posts, Van Den Berg successfully converting to seal a great victory.

So Bury continued their unbeaten season at the Haberden, and look forward to trying to catch Diss, who retain second position in the league.

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