Peter Gavin previews Bury St Edmunds v Worthing Raiders


Bury St Edmunds RFC v Worthing Raiders

3rd November 2018

k/o 3pm

Raiders hit the road again this Saturday with a trip to Suffolk to take on Bury St Edmunds RFC (‘The Wolfpack’). This will be our fourth visit to their extensive facility known as Greene King IPA Haberden. Our visits to Suffolk have not yet produced a victory, although last season we bagged 2 bonus points in an exciting encounter (37-30).

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 2 South beating off second place 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

21/10/2018    BSE 37 Raiders 30

Raiders travelled to Suffolk for the 8th fixture of the campaign. A good start against a strong Bury set up was needed and that was what we got with Kemp Price crossing with only 3 minutes played. McBride and McLean exchanged penalties before Price crossed again in 28th minute, this time converted by Matt to give the visitors a handy lead (3-15). Swithenbank hit back for Bury in the 37th minute, but the turning point came shortly afterwards when the visitors were reduced to 14 men, following a yellow card. A converted try on the stroke of half time (15-15) and a breakaway score by flying winger Corcoran in the 42nd minute put the home side into the lead (20-15). Another score in the 47th minute (Rouse) this time converted left Raiders trailing (27-15).

A penalty and another converted try for Corcoran left Raiders looking at a heavy defeat (37-15) with barely 5 minutes left on the clock. All out attack resulted in a hat-trick score for Price and a quick tap and go for Matt Walsh a conversion and a last gasp penalty from Matt McLean left Raiders grabbing a couple of bonus points right at the death!

BSE: Lord, Corcoran, Kohler, Rouse, Osborne, McBride, Harrison, Smith, Bixby, Greco, Scholes, Swithenbank, Edison.

Bench: Coutts, Silvestri, Stapleton, Honey, Simpson.

Worthing: Leeming, Maslen, Richards, Coyle, McLean, Forrest, Walsh. Ayaji, Grief, Sargent, Spurgeon, Lake, Price, Dawe, Perkins.

Bench: Gatford, Litterick, Whittall, Hampson, McIlwaine.

10/2/2018  Raiders 24 BSE 18

On a dark, miserable, windy day, the visitors started the stronger with a try from centre Mark Kohler in the 6th minute converted by Fraser Honey. He had also converted a penalty a minute earlier to give the visitors a useful 0-10 early lead. Both sides were having difficulties coping with the strong wind, with the visitors pinning the home side back with good tactical kicking. However, Raiders managed to cross with a strong forward drive from a line-out with Will Grief emerging, Matt McLean landed the difficult conversion, (7-10) after 19 minutes. In the conditions open play was limited but from an enterprising move French winger Guillame Duplenne scored, Honey missed the tricky conversion, (7-15) after 31 minutes. As half time approached Raiders were able to put Bury under pressure from a line-out in the 22, and after a few slick passes Kiba Richards burst through close to the posts. Matt McLean converted, oranges taken with the match at (14-15). Conditions did not improve for the 2nd half, although the home side had the benefit of the strong tail wind. Full advantage was taken when speedy Jon Whittall crossed, extras added by McLean. The home side moving ahead (21-15) after 42 minutes. The dreadful conditions did not help either sides with opportunities missed, the only further scoring being an exchange of penalties Honey (68min) McLean (75 min). BSE spent the last few minutes camped near the Raiders’ line, but the home side defended manfully.

Worthing: Leeming, Maslen, Richards, Coyle, Sanderson, McLean, Boyland, Head, Grief, Ayaji, Dingle, Lake, Price, Whittall, Perkins.

Bench: Luke, Gatford, Redmayne, Dawe, Walsh.

BSE: Rouse, Duplenne, Corcoran, Kohler, Taylor, Honey, Merolle, Smith, King, Coutts, Scholes, Mitchell, Comin, Stapleton, Uru.

Bench: Edison, Bixby, Greco, Harrison, Browne.

Last season W14 L16….78 points… 8th…..  (1 spot and 3 points behind Raiders)

Another middling season, with 8 of the wins coming on home turf. They achieved the double over LIWG, Broadstreet, Barnstaple and Canterbury. The highlight was probably the performances against the promoted sides: Chinnor (36-37) & (28-27), both lost in the last few minutes: Cinderford (45-29 4tbp) & (19-24 losing bp), few teams even managed one bonus point against the Champions!

Yasin Browne, Will Scholes and Sam Bixby led the way with 27 appearances.

The season so far…. W4 L5….11th….20 points    (Raiders 9th 22 points)

At this juncture their record may look rather similar to Raiders, although they have had the benefit of 5 home fixtures to Raiders 4. Their defeats on home turf: Henley Hawks (37-45), TJs (0-10) & Dings (7-17), on the road: Rams (47-21) & Titans (50-0). The wins have been: Guernsey (70-26), Barnes (22-12), on the road: Old Reds (31-35), Old Albanian (27-39). Last weekend they visited Somerset and were 36 points down by half-time, they put in a much improved shift in the 2nd half, with Taunton Titans getting a couple more tries near the end.

The players

Under the direction of new head coach, Jon Curry, Bury have once again introduced a considerable number of new players into the squad. The players joining from far and wide.

The team and replacements used at Taunton along detail on most of the other players used so far is provided together with a little more information as to their credentials.

Once again this fixture has all the makings of another close encounter…a visit to Suffolk to support the boys and enjoy the hospitality at Greene King IPA Stadium is recommended…the team/s really appreciate you support at these fixtures …Raiders ‘A’ are also making the trip, taking on the Wolfhounds.

C’Mon Raiders

Name/Age    *Played v Raiders Apps 2018-9 N2 App Join Points Honours Position / Previous Club/s & Appearances          *played v Raiders
Team V Taunton           27th October 2018
Cameron Ritchie 8 8 2018 3T/17C/5P Sharks U18 Full Back: Western Force,
Finlay Sharp (22) 7 7 2018 5T   Wing: Clifton*23, Glos Junior Academy, Stroud
Connor O’Reilly* 3 9 2016 UK Armed Forces Centre: Army
Ben Leng (22) 8 8 2018 3T   Centre: Inglewood Rugby NZ
Jaid Wiltshire (22) 9 13 2017 5T Glos U20 Wing : Old Redcliffians*33, Bristol Saracens
Nick Perez 6 6 2018 2T2C Auckland 7s Fly Half: Eden RFC, Onewhero RFC (NZ)
Connor Adams 5/2R 7 2018 1T England U16 Scotland U20 Scrum Half: Wigan Warriors RL, Worcester Academy, Chinnor 2, Stourbridge 2, Leicester Lions 1
Scott Brown (28) 2/2R 21 2017 RAF LH Prop: Scunthorpe, Market Rasen
Patrick Robinson 7/2R 9 2018 1T Northland U20 Hooker: Lousa RFC (Portugal), Kaihu RFC (NZ)
Ben Cooper (29) 2 16 2014/7 2018   TH Prop: Cambridge 37, Shelford, Old Albanian 8
Michael Graham 9 9 2018 2T   Lock: Ipswich
Ruaraidh Williams 2 2 2018   Lock: Thetford RFC, Thurston RFC
Tom Brown (35) 4 4 2018   BS Wing Forward: Coventry 12, Newbury 58, London Welsh 54, Cardiff Blues 3, Gwent D 36, Jersey 16, Ealing 23, Old Elthamians*13
Ollie Watson* © 6 22 2014   OS Wing Forward: Cambridge 36
Jordan Coombes 2/2R 4 2018   No8: Haddington RFC (Scot), Cardiff Blues
Tui Uru* (20) 3/4R 25 2017 2T Eng Counties U20 Back Row/Centre: Ipswich
Jordan Argerich 4/1R 5 2018   Hooker: Stade Toulousain, Scrieumois (fr) Senor Santander (Spain)
Toby Hill 2/5R 7 2018 Hampshire Prop: Hartpury Bucs, LI Academy
Will Scholes* (24) 5/1R 32 2017 2T   Lock: US Cognac (Fr), Cinderford 7, Oxford Brookes (c)
Jan Hasenlechner 3/4R 7 2018 Chile Scrum Half: COBS (Chile), Donau (Austria)
Played Recently         Last Played  
Mark Kohler* (29) 7 30 2017 5T1C 20th October Centre: Bridgwater 7, Luton 24, Bedford 21, Cambridge 3, Coventry*30, Plymouth 11, Rosslyn Park 53.
William Affleck* (24) 1/1R 56 2015 20th October Fly Half: Bedford Athletic, Bedford Blues Academy
Heino Gaiser 1/3R 4 2018 20th October BS Wing Forward: Gorey RFC (Ire), Kelso RFC (Scot)
Yasin Browne* (25) 7 33 2017 20th October Ireland U18 Munster U20 No8: Olympique De Besancon (Fr), Cork Constitution, Young Munster
Aaron Forrest (21) 0/1R 2 2017 20th October Full Back: BSE Youth
Collen Smith* (27) 1/1R 27 2017 13th October Namibia (6) LH Prop: Windhoek Welwitschias, United Rugby club.
Andrea Pozzi (30) 3/1R 4 2018 13th October

Italia Series ‘A’

TH Prop: Rugby Noceto, L’Aquila Rugby, Cavalieri Prato 5, Rogivo Delta-Pesa 5, Auckland University (NZ)
Alex Stanley (23) 3 17 2016 2T 6th October RAF Lock: Gravesend, Old Gravendians
Sam Bixby* 3/2R 75 2014 6th October East Counties Hooker: Sudbury
Callum Torpey 4 4 2018 1T 6th October Hooker: Galwegians, Connacht Eagles
Corey Button 2 2 2018 6th October Fly Hooker: Ipswich RFC, Kettering RFC
Franco Catuogno 3 3 2018 1T 29th September Wing: Mar del Plata (Argentina)
Craig Wilson (27) 0/1R 9 2017 29th September OS Wing Forward: Cambridge, Ipswich
David Coutts* (25) 2/1R 42 2016 29th September England Counties U20 TH Prop/Hooker: Esher 13, Dorking 5, Chinnor* 13, Cambridge* 31.