Peter Gavin previews Worthing Raiders v Bury St Edmunds

Match 22

Worthing Raiders v Bury St Edmunds RFC

10th February 2018 k/o 2pm

This Saturday Bury St Edmunds RFC (‘The Wolfpack’) travel to Roundstone Lane and pay their third visit for a National League fixture.  Raiders headed to Suffolk last October and in a very exciting encounter just lost out 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. Youth and Mini rugby was also introduced.

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 and the emblem is a Howling Wolf.

The ground is known as:  GK (Greene King) IPA Haberden.

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.

Last season W11 D1 64 points 11th

After finishing 7th in their first season in this tough league, the club may consider 11th (one spot above Raiders) to be a bit of a disappointment. Obviously it could have been worse! They managed wins against most of the teams that finished below them in the league, picking up 7 losing and 11 try scoring bonus points along the way. The win at Barnstaple (3-29) stands out. Sean Stapleton made 25 appearances in the back row, with Chris Lord making 22 in the backs.  The club used 50 different players to fulfill the fixtures.

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

21/10/2018    BSE 37 Raiders 30…. (Bury 7th 20 points  Raiders 13th 13 points)

Raiders travelled to Suffolk for the 8th fixture of the campaign, after a few tough weeks having played most of the clubs in the upper reaches of the league.  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 Kemp and a quick tap a 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, Eddison.

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. 

The season so far…. W11/ L10….7th….58 points    (Raiders 10th 53 points)

Middling…BSE 36 Chinnor 37 and a try scoring bonus point at Cinderford (45-29) stand out. There have been a couple of recent defeats …Old Reds (19-14) and Wimbledon (32-12) which surprised a few pundits, but the teams presently in the relegation zone are having a bit of a revival. Last week they lost in the mud at Taunton (24-10).

The players

Under the direction of new head coach Ollie Smith (British Lions, England and long standing centre three-quarter with Leicester Tigers), Bury have once again introduced a considerable number of new players into the squad. The players joining from far and wide. Scrum half Jake Ashby being a fairly recent new arrival, from NZ via Holland.

A list of the players used in the last couple of matches is provided, along with a little more detail as to their credentials. The club have used 42 different players to fulfill the fixtures thus far.

The players chosen for up-coming fixtures are usually named on the club web-site on pre-match Friday.



This fixture has all the makings of another close encounter…please try to get along to Roundstone Lane to support the boys….


C’Mon Raiders

Name/Age    *Played 21st Oct Apps 2017-8 N2 App Join Points Honours Position / Prev Club/s & Appearances       *played v Raiders
Chris Lord* (24) 20/1R 46 2015 12T England U18 Full Back/Centre: Shelford 24, Bedford Blues
Dwayne Corcoran* (22) 17 17 2017 19T Connacht Eagles &U20 Wing: Cistercians Roscrea, Westport, Galwegians, Zingari Richmond NZ
Chris Snelling(27) 10/1R 51 2011 5T Former Capt. Wing: Bury Youth, Cambridge, Luton, Peterborough
Guillaume Duplenne (22) 6/2R 8 2017 2T   Wing/Centre: Vannes (Fr)
Mark Kohler* (28) 15 15 2017 2T   Centre: Bridgwater 7, Luton 24, Bedford 21, Cambridge 3, Coventry*30, Plymouth 11, Rosslyn Park 53.
Boyd Rouse* (23) 13/1R 14 2017 2T Zimbabwe 7s Centre: Old Georgians Zimbabwe
Frazer Honey* (20) 9/5R 14 2017 2T/24C/   14P/1dg England Counties U20 Fly Half: Launceston*23, Barnstaple 1, Pirates PDF
Liam McBride* (c) (27) 20 39 2016 1T/23C/ 13P Holland Fly Half: New Plymouth OB, Taranaki ITM/Dev NZ.
Luca Merolle (22) 0/6R 6 2017   Fly Half: Messina, Parma, Zebra Academy
Matt Harrison*(18) 5/6R 11 2017 1T   Fly Half/Scrum Half: Old Rutlishians, Quins U18
Jake Ashby 5 5 2018 1T Holland Heartland NZ Scrum Half: Fraser Tech RFC Hamilton NZ, Hilversum RFC Holland
Collen Smith* (26) 17/1R 18 2017 Namibia (6) LH Prop: Windhoek Welwitschias, United Rugby club.
Luke Beales (27) 4/1R 7 2014 3T   LH Prop: Wymondham, Diss, Leicester Academy, Coventry 33, Shelford* 51.
Daniele Greco* (23) 6/7R 13 2017 Italy U20 TH Prop: Viadana, Lyons Piacenza,  Alghero, Milano, Methven NZ
David Coutts* (24) 12/5R 33 2016 1T England Counties U20 TH Prop/Hooker: Esher 13, Dorking 5, Chinnor* 13, Cambridge* 31.
Scott Brown (27 4/7R 11 2017 RAF TH Prop: Scunthorpe, Market Rasen
Tristan King(22) 7/4R 11 2017 1T Ulster U20 Hooker: Malone
Sam Bixby* 18 62 2014 4T East Counties Hooker: Sudbury
Federico Silvestri* (24) 2/4R 6 2017 Italy U18 Hooker: Rovigo, Lyons Piacenza, Crociati.
Will Scholes* (23) 17 17 2017 4T   Lock: US Cognac (Fr), Cinderford 7, Oxford Brookes (c)
Craig Wilson (25) 1/2R 3 2017   OS Wing Forward: Cambridge, Ipswich
Alex Stanley (22) 9/3R 14 2016 RAF Lock: Gravesend, Old Gravendians
Brendan Mitchell* (24) 14/1R 15 2017 1T Australia 7s squad BS Wing Forward/Lock: Sunny Bank Dragons (Australia)
Matt Edison*  (28) 9/6R 61 2011 2T USA  (U20), Eastern Counties Wing Forward: Bury Youth, Cambridge 56.
Enzo Comin (27) 4/1R 10 2016   BS Wing Forward: Pucara Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Tui Uru (19) 9/3R 12 2017 1T England Counties U20 Back Row/Centre: Ipswich
Sean Stapleton*(29) 15/1R 69 2015 4T Connacht Academy OS Wing Forward: Buccaneers, Roscrea, Palmyra (Australia).
Yasin Browne* (24) 15/3R 18 2017 2T Ireland U18 Munster U20 No8:Olympique De Besancon (Fr), Cork Constitution, Young Munster