Peter Gavin previews Bury St Edmunds v Worthing Raiders

Bury St Edmunds RFC v Worthing Raiders
30th November 2019
Kick off 3pm

Raiders head North this week, up to Suffolk, to take our friends and rivals Bury St Edmunds RFC (‘The Wolfpack’). Last season we headed up in early November and managed our first win at their extensive facility, the Greene King IPA Haberden. This will be the ninth National league fixture between the clubs. To add a little extra spice to the proceedings the clubs are level on 31 points apiece although BSE have a game in hand.

History & Background stuff
The club was founded in 1925 as Bury & West Suffolk RFC. Post war players used to gather and practice at Culford School. By 1963 the Club regularly fielded 4 teams from its new home, at the ‘Haberden’, with 3 pitches and a small clubhouse.
During the 1970s the Club rebuilt its playing facilities and raised funds to build a larger clubhouse, further extended in the late 1980s.

In 2006, with the aid of a grant from the RFU, the club added a state-of-the-art ‘All Weather Pitch’ to the facilities. In recent times a stand has been added. Youth and Mini rugby is strongly supported. The club presently turns out 4 senior sides with junior, Youth and girls’ rugby taking over on Sundays. The Ladies team, Bury Foxes, play in NC East 1. Bury St Edmunds, like Worthing, are a Community Rugby Club.

Club Colours: Green and Gold shirts and stockings, dark shorts
Emblem: Howling Wolf.

The Darkest day in the club’s history… 3rd March 1974.
Tragically, 18 members of the club were amongst the 345 passengers and crew who lost their lives in the Paris air crash. They were returning from a trip to the capital having enjoyed watching the International match. Members of Worthing RFC were also affected by this disaster as one of our former players, Bill Dack, was aboard the ill- fated plane.

Bury St Edmunds playing/league history
The Club was promoted into the London leagues (L8) in 2001, with success in the Suffolk cup following in 2004. In 2007 the club gained promotion to London Division 2 (L7) with the Colts XV winning the National plate. Season 2012/13 saw the club win London 1 (L6) as Champions. In 2014-5 season Bury celebrated promotion to National 2S beating off Barnes by 7 points.

Fixtures with Raiders
2015-6: BSE 25 – WR 11               WR 27 – BSE 23
2016-7: BSE 20 – WR 10              WR 20 – BSE 23
2017-8: BSE 37 – WR 30              WR 24 – BSE 18
2018-9: BSE 22 – WR 36             WR 22 – BSE 24

3/11/2018 BSE 22 Raiders 36 ‘First win at The Haberden’
Raiders travelled to Suffolk for the 10th fixture of the campaign looking for a good start against a strong Bury line-up. This was delivered in spades, with 3 tries within the first 12 minutes all converted, a dream start (0-21). The home side pulled back a couple of scores, but Raiders added another try just before oranges to take a 12-26 lead into the break. A score for the home team after 56 minutes threatened a possible come-back, but 2 tries in 2 minutes from the lively John Dawe (17-36) secured the win. Bury grabbed a try near the end to rescue a bonus point.

BSE: Johnson, Kohler, Ritchie, O’Reilly, Wiltshire, Affleck, Adams, Hill, Robinson, Cooper, Graham, Scholes, Uru, Watson, Browne.
Bench: Coombes, Argerich, Smith, Button, Taylor.
Scorers: T: Browne (21), Ritchie (32), Kohler (56), Coombes (74). C: Ritchie.

Worthing: McLean, Lee, Price, Dawe, Perkins. Basson, Richards, Miller, Forrest H, Forrest J, Holt, Birch, Luke, Adams, Lake,
Bench: Gibson, Sassone, Cuffe, Grief, Winsor.
Scorers: T: Adams (4), Miller (8), Basson (12), Birch (38), Dawe (64&66). C:McLean x3

2/03/2019 Raiders 22 BSE 24
A tight encounter with Bury getting their revenge after our win at ‘The Haberden’ earlier in the season. After a score in the first minute the home supporters were looking for a double but Bury nudged into a lead after 22 minutes with a converted try. The visitors led for the remainder of the encounter, although a try from Curtis Barnes (his 2nd of the match) in 74th minute to added to the excitement. (Raiders 1-point BSE 4).

Raiders: Forrest H, Barlow H, Forrest J, Winsor, Barnes, McLean, Holt, Birch, Gibson, Litterick, Hammond, Lake, Cuffe, Harris, Richards.
Bench: Luke, Gatford, Sassone, Whittall, Maslen.
Scoring: T: McLean (1m), Barnes x2 (47 & 74m) P: McLean (33m) C: McLean x2

BSE: Limlei, Wiltshire, O’Reilly, Leng, Kohler, Ritchie, Harvey, Robinson, Torpey, Cooper, Graham, Scholes, Grey, Walker, Bixby.
Bench: Grigg-Pettit, Uru, Coutts, Stanway, Button.
Scoring: T:Wiltshire x2 (22m & 44m), Limlei (29m) P: Limlei (40m) C: Limlei x3.

Last season P30 W11 D2 …68 points… 8th… (1 spot above Raiders 68 points, same playing record-superior points difference)
Another middling season finishing 8th again although with 10 less league points. They achieved the double over Old Redcliffians, Old Albanian, LIWG and Guernsey. The draws were at Barnes and Redruth. The defeats were quite often only by a small margin reflected in the 7 LBPs.

Patrick Robinson led the way on appearances with 27 in the front row.

The season so far…. P11 W6…8th…31 points (Raiders 9th P12 31 points)
Their 5 defeats have all been on the road: Old Albanian (38-19), Clifton (18-14), Redruth (35-28), Leicester Lions (17-0) and last week at Taunton (22-15). They won at Barnes (10-12) with their other away match at Old Reds being postponed. They have won all 5 home games with the win against Esher (24-14) perhaps being the most notable. They entertain Henley on 7th Dec with a visit to TJs the following week.

The players
The team and replacements used against Taunton along with detail on some of the other players used so far is provided together with a little more information as to their credentials. On the face of it they appear to have introduced quite a number of new players into the squad this season.

Once again an important fixture for Raiders against a side who like to play open entertaining rugby and who consider ‘The Haberden’ to be a stronghold. With the teams neck and neck in the league it has once again, all the hallmarks of another nail-biter. If you can make the trip to Suffolk to add your touchline support this will be much appreciated by the boys!

The welcome from the Bury officials and spectators has always be first class, good facilities and a visit that has a 5 star rating.

Please try to get along to the match if you can…………………….

…… C’Mon Raiders!!!!

Name/Age  *Played v Raiders Apps 2019/ 20 N2 App Join Points Honours Position / Prev Club/s & Appearances

*played v Raiders

Team 23rd Nov Taunton Titans (a) Lost 27-15
Will Affleck* (26) 9 79 2015 1T   Full Back: Bedford Athletic, Bedford Blues Academy, Dereham RFC, Luton RFC
Ronnie Du Randt (18) 1 1 2019 England 7s (Octoberfest) Wing: Denstone College, Leicester Academy,
Keiran Meikle(24) 6 6 2019     Centre: Christchurch (NZ), Darfield RFC
Ben Leng* (23) 7 31 2018 4T/3C/ 1P Taranaki U20 Centre: Inglewood Rugby NZ
Mike Stanway* (25) 2 8 2019 3T Eastern Counties Wing: Cambridge 9, Shelford*, Bedford Blues Academy
Kodie Drury-Hawkins (27) 7 7 2019 13C/5P   Fly Half: West Harbour, Greter Sydney Rams, Hakes Bay Saracens (NZ)
Sebastiano Dusi (30) 5/5R 10 2019 1T/5C Barbarians Scrum Half: Calvisano, Rugby Parma
Patrick Robinson* (23) 6/3R 37 2018 Northland U20 LH Prop: Lousa RFC (Portugal), Kaihu RFC (NZ)
Dan Walsh (22) 10 10 2019 4T Irish Clubs   Ireland U20 Hooker: Young Munster, Munster ‘A’
Ben Cooper* (27) 10/1R 43 2014 2018   TH Prop: Cambridge 37, Shelford, O Albanian 8
Alex Leo (31) 8/1R 9 2019   Lock: Ealing, Bishops Stortford, Hertford*
Yasin Browne* (26) 10 60 2017 Ireland U18 Munster U20 Lock: Olympique De Besancon (Fr), Cork Constitution, Young Munster
Tom Brown (20) 5/5R 19 2018 2T   BS Wing Forward: Culford School, Brive & Saints Academy
Tom Milosevic(25) 8/1R 9 2019   OS Wing Forward: Easts Brisbane
Matt Bursey (23) 10/1R 11 2019 8T Leinster ‘A’ No8: Kings Hosp Dublin, Old Wesley, Vikings RFC Canberra, Exeter Univ
Vaughan Bentley (22) 0/4R 4 2019   Prop: Stellenbosch University (SA)
Mikey Graham* (27) 2 23 2018   Lock: Ipswich, Marist St Pats (Wellington), Griffiths University (Gold Coast Australia)
Toby Hill* (22) 5/6R 39 2018 Hampshire Prop: Hartpury Bucs, LI Academy
Alfie Garside (19) 5/3R 8 2019   Fly Half: Norwich School, Wymondham RFC
Jack Harvey*(27) 6/5R 24 2019 1T E. Counties Scrum Half: LIWG 6, Shelford, Colchester
Played Recently Last Played  
Rob Gardner (26) 1/4R 5 2019   16th Nov Hooker: Shelford
Shaq Meyers (26) 8/2R 57 2015/18 2019 3T 16th Nov         E. Counties Wing/Centre: Ampthill, Bedford, Diss, Peterborough 27
Ciaran Leeson (23) 4/3R 7 2019 16th Nov Ireland 7s/U19 Wing: Worcester Warriors Academy