West Suffolk College sports news

RAIN was being driven across the pitch by an icy wind when our rugby squad faced Wygeston & Queen Elizabeth College in Bury St Edmunds. With most of the visiting side being made up of Leicester Tigers first- and second-year players, our lads were under intense pressure and the match ended with a 0-34 victory for Wygeston.

Neil Reader

RAIN was being driven across the pitch by an icy wind when our rugby squad faced Wygeston & Queen Elizabeth College in Bury St Edmunds.

With most of the visiting side being made up of Leicester Tigers first- and second-year players, our lads were under intense pressure and the match ended with a 0-34 victory for Wygeston.

Coach Nigel Brown said: “Despite the scoreline, we showed great commitment and the players from Wygeston knew they had been in a hard fought game. It's great that we can compete against teams from the professional clubs' Academies and be treated with well deserved respect.”


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Josh Tagg in the forwards made several crashing runs. Shaun Smith and Andy Rumbles both caused the defence to make last gasp tackles at times.

Our coaches and players were busy again last Friday, when they ran a Rugby Master Class at Newmarket College. They were helped by Tim Reed, RFU Community Development Coach, and Adrian Green from Newmarket RUFC.

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Forty-seven pupils from Y9.10 and 11 were totally engrossed, and learned a lot. This was a first for the RFU, and it was so well received they now plan to run similar events in schools and colleges across the Eastern Counties.

In football, Team Bury made it three wins in seven days. Following up their win against Coplestonians in the Suffolk Senior Cup, Team Bury entertained Cornard at Ram Meadow in the League.

On a pitch that was gradually freezing as the night went on, Team Bury went behind early on in the second half after a goalless opening 45 minutes. However, a hat trick from Andrew Wood ensured that we gained all three points. Team Bury finally won 3-1.

Then our players took a weekend trip to face Ipswich Wanderers. On what was a very tricky surface, Wanderers were the better team in the opening stages. However once Andrew Wood (him again) had put Team Bury ahead, there was no looking back. Rhys Henry contributed two and Wood scored his second to make it 4-0 on the day.

The college team were without a fixture this week.

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