Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Bury St Edmunds


Worthing Raiders v Bury St Edmunds RUFC

2nd March 2019 Kick off 3 pm

Bury St Edmunds RUFC (‘The Wolfpack’) are our visitors this Saturday, travelling down from Suffolk for their fourth visit to Roundstone Lane for a National League 2S fixture. Raiders visited the Greene King IPA Haberden facility in Bury St Edmunds last November and returned to the South Coast victorious 22-36.

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   WR24-BSE 18

2018-9   BSE 22-WR 36

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, Basson, Richards, Miller, ForrestH, ForrestJ, Holt, Birch, Luke, Adams, Lake, Lee, Price, Dawe, Perkins.

Bench: Gibson, Sassone, Cuffe, Grief, Winsor.

Scorers: T: Adams (4), Miller (8), Basson (12), Birch (38), Dawe (64&66). C:McLean x3

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. Double achieved 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).

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

The season so far…. P23 /W9 /D2….8th….54 points    (Raiders 10th 48 points)

Since Raiders’ visit they have recorded wins on the road at B&S (17-33), LIWG (5-26) and Guernsey (19-27), on home turf Old A’s (24-22) and Old Reds (57-7). The drawn matches were at Redruth (20-20) and Barnes (24-24). In their last fixture they almost defeated Taunton Titans only to lose to a Gary Kingdom penalty in the dying minutes (22-24). (Heard that before!)

Last November Bury appointed a new head coach, Cardiff based Nick Wakley, who was previously involved with Welsh RFU as head coach with the Ladies 7s’ team. He also coaches Samurai 7s.

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.

The new Coach has introduced a few new players to the fold including Anton Limlei, Mike Stanway, Toby Francombe, Jack Harvey and Ollie Walker. Jacob Bodkin has returned after missing last season.

Tui Uru (Back Row), 36 appearances, will be joining Northampton Saints Academy next season.



Once again an important fixture for Raiders against a side who like to play open entertaining rugby. It has all the hallmarks of another nail-biter, your touchline support cannot be understated, now we are entering the business end of the season!!


Please try to get along to add your encouragement to the boys, it is really appreciated…………


…… C’Mon Raiders!!!!

Name/Age  *Played v Raiders 3.11.18 Apps 2018-9 N2 App Join Points Honours Position / Prev Club/s & Appearances                        *played v Raiders
Team 16th Feb        Taunton Titans (h) Lost 22-24
Anton Limlei (19) 7/3R 10 2018 2C/2P Austria Full Back: St Joseph’s College Ipswich, Diss RFC
Mike Stanway (25) 1 1 2019 1T Eastern Counties Wing: Cambridge 9, Shelford*, Bedford Blues Academy
Jacob Bodkin (25) 9 16 2016 1T Suffolk Centre: Woodbridge RFC
Ben Leng © (22) 19 19 2018 5T Taranaki U20 Centre: Inglewood Rugby NZ
Jaid Wiltshire*(22) 15/5R 20 2017 7T Eastern Count U20 Wing: Southend, Colchester
Cameron Ritchie* (21) 19 19 2018 6T/20C /6P Sharks U18 Fly Half: Western Force,
Jack Harvey (26) 3/3R 6 2019 1T Eastern Counties Scrum Half: LIWG, Shelford, Colchester
Patrick Robinson* (22) 18/2R 20 2018 3T Northland U20 LH Prop: Lousa RFC (Portugal), Kaihu RFC (NZ)
Toby Francombe (20) 6/3R 9 2018 Kenya U20 Hooker: Western Province Academy
David Coutts (25) 4/7R 49 2016 1T England Counties U20 TH Prop: Esher 13, Dorking 5, Chinnor* 13, Cambridge* 31.
Sam Bixby (25) 8/5R 83 2014 3T England Colls East Counties Lock: Sudbury
Will Scholes* (24) 20 46 2017 6T Eastern Counties Lock: US Cognac (FR), Cinderford 7, Oxford Brookes ©
Alex Grey (22) 8/3R 13 2016 4T Eastern Counties U20 BS Wing Forward: London Scottish Academy, Royal Agricultural University, Diss RFC
Ollie Walker (23) 6 6 2019 1T Eastern Counties U20 OS Wing Forward: Cambridge, Shelford, Melbourne Rebels U20, Northampton Saints U18.
Tui Uru* (21) 12/6R 36 2017 2T England Counties U20 No8: Ipswich
Craig Wilson (27) 0/3R 11 2017   OS Wing Forward: Cambridge, Ipswich
Mikey Graham* (26) 13/5R 18 2018 2T   Lock: Ipswich, Marist St Pats (Wellington), Griffiths University (Gold Coast Australia)
Sean Davis (24) 0/2R 10 2016 Eastern Counties U20 Prop: BSE Youth
Jack Johnson* (20) 6/3R 9 2018 1T/13C /2P Eastern Counties U20 Full Back: Woodbridge RFC, Wharfedale, Leicester Lions
Will Affleck* (26) 6/6R 66 2015   Fly Half: Bedford Athletic, Bedford Blues Academy, Dereham RFC, Luton RFC
Played Recently Last Played  
Aaron Forrest (22) 0/2R 3 2017 9th Feb Eastern Counties U20 Full Back: BSE Youth
Mark Kohler* (29) 20 43 2017 12T1C 9th Feb Centre: Bridgwater 7, Luton 24, Bedford 21, Cambridge 3, Coventry*30, Plymouth 11, Rosslyn Park 53.
Ben Cooper* (26) 11/2R 27 2014 2018 9th Feb Prop: Cambridge 37, Shelford, O Albanian 8
Toby Hill* (21) 9/12R 21 2018 9th Feb Hampshire Prop: Hartpury Bucs, LI Academy
Callum Torpey (19) 9/3R 12 2018 2T 9th February Hooker: Galwegians, Connacht Eagles
Yasin Browne* (26) 18 44 2017 1T 9th Feb Ireland U18 Munster U20 No8: Olympique De Besancon (Fr), Cork Constitution, Young Munster
Connor O’Reilly* (25) 9 16 2016 2T 2nd Feb UK Armed Forces Centre: Army
Finlay Sharp (20) 16 16 2018 10T 26th Jan Wing: Clifton*23, Glos Junior Academy, Stroud, University of Queensland
Alex Stanley (23) 5/1R 20 2016 2T 26th Jan RAF Lock: Gravesend, Old Gravendians