March Bears V Bury St Edmunds
EC 2 West
March Bears V Bury St Edmunds 3rd XV
Before the game started a minutes silence was held in memory of former “Bear” Alan Johns (AJ) who sadly passed away will always be remembered.
March Bears were hosting top of the table Bury St Edmunds 3rd XV and knew that this would be a tough encounter, March conceded two converted tries within the first five minutes, March started to gain momentum and put the visitors under pressure, but were unable to breech their solid defence.
Burys well drilled and experienced side started to dominate again, brave tackling was not enough to keep the visitors from crossing the line for two more converted tries, and conceded a penalty just before half time to go in 31-0 down.
March started brightly from the restart winning the rucking and mauling exchanges, good defending again denied march form scoring, Bury responded with when missed tackled allowed them to score two more converted tries in succession to increase the lead to 45-0.
March eventually got on the score sheet through a brilliant individual effort from Michael Croucher, picked the ball up in his own 22 metre area, set off on what must be one of the best tries ever scored for March Bears, his pace completely out stripped Burys attempted tackles to stop him, side stepping several players, and eventually touched down in the corner for March Bears only points of the game, which brought a round of applause from the supporters. (45-5).
Three more converted tries and one unconverted, gave Bury a 71-5 win, but full credit to the March players, who all gave 110% commitment, played with pride and passion, a great attitude towards the game, discipline was superb.
Many thanks to match official James Pepper who’s handling of the game contributed to an enjoyable afternoon of rugby, be it not the result in our favour.
Next week the Bears are away to Haverhill who will be celebrating 50yrs as a club, and are looking forward to hosting March Bears.