Wymondham U13 lose for the first time this season
By Kevin Ellis
Bury get the better of the Vipers in a bruising encounter
Wymondham travelled to Bury for a 1pm kick off on Sunday, knowing a tough game would be the order of the day.
With no referee forthcoming we agreed to play, with ourselves refereeing the first half and Bury refereeing the second half.
Bury started the game with pace, aggression and put Wymondham on the back foot from the start and scored within the first two minutes. Shell shocked, the Wymondham team struggled to get a foothold in the game as Bury were simply quicker and had more hunger in both attack and defence.
Bury’s physicality and aggression was telling typified by a bone crunching tackle on our biggest lad, Richard seeing him need a few minutes off the pitch to gather himself. Then another monster hit was put on Ethan leaving him gasping for air and needing a break – the lads were rattled, but they dug deep and ensured they did not give in and kept trying to play the brand of rugby we have been all season.
Bury had run in 4 tries before Wymondham responded with a well worked try of our own , but with the home side running in another try right before half time (harsh on us) the hosts were leading 6-1 at half time. The score line was probably a bit flattering of the hosts, but nonetheless they had worked hard for their lead and certainly deserved to be in front.
A tough team talk at half time, the boys would have to compose themselves for another 25 minutes and restore a level of pride and to try to get themselves back in the game. Some home truths about tackling and doing the simple things was echoed by all the coaches and the lads were sent out to go about reducing the deficit.
Wymondham started the second half brightly and were now making tackles and competing better at the breakdown. Three tries scored in the first 15 minutes put us back in the game but Bury remained resolute adding a couple more tries to keep just far enough in the contest.
A quickfire double from Ethan returning the ball direct from the kick off and beating a number of Bury players twice put Wymondham within a glimpse of getting back to even the score, but Bury scored again to give themselves a buffer in the lead.
Wymondham had further chances to score and a little bit more composure under pressure or better decision making may have seen us get closer than the final score of 45-30, but alas it was not to be.
Winning the second half 5-3 was testament to the lads never give up spirit and they can be proud of ensuring that the game did not get away from them and that the opposition would have to work for every point. Unfortunately, the damage was done in the first 25 minutes and it was a hill to high to climb, a massive lesson learned for all concerned.
Try scorers; Ethan X 3, Tyler, Olib & Henry NB
Player of the day was Ethan – another great performance at fly half and to get back on the pitch after that hit, showed what he is all about. His two individual tries and some big hits of his own helped to raise the level of play in the second half.
Also a special mention to Peter Thomas – our smallest forward who’s tenacity was evident again and his ability to spin out of the ruck with the ball in his hand and running towards the biggest guys on the opposition also helped to raise the level of play in that important second half.
Well done to Bury, most certainly the best outfit we have played this year. We look forward to seeing them again on March 3rd at Wymondham in the Eastern Counties competition. That 15 minutes of rugby will hopefully be an epic one.