Colts out numbered by Bury in first round of cup
By Ben Peterson
Bury St Edmund's arrived with a squad of 28 players for the first round of the cup at Volac Park. The numerical advantage took its toll in the second half when the 17 men of Cambridge eventually faded against the visitors fresh legged reinforcements.
Colts rules state that there is no maximum squad size in the cup competition, but the clubs are to communicate to ensure that the game is played fairly. With this in mind Bury St Edmund's arrived for the first round of the cup competition with a squad of 28 players. Cambridge were able to field 17.
The first half saw Cambridge start with a lot of energy in both attack and defence. Determined not to let the numerical advantage phase them. All the early signs were that the home side were more than a match for the visitors. The Colts battled well and despite going down to an early try managed to contain a lively Bury and restrict them to penalty shots at goal. As the half wore on Cambridge got the upper hand and young Jamari crashed over from close range, followed shortly after by George Paul.
Half Time CRUFC 10 - 10 Bury St Edmund's
Honours even and a good reflection of the competitiveness of both teams, Bury were able to make 13 changes to their starting 15. As their fresh legs started to press home an advantage the tiring Cambridge defenders fought hard to keep them out. Credit to the home team as they battled until the 70 minute, when Bury finally went over for a converted try, swiftly followed 2 minutes later by another. Not to be out done and with the defiant last word Cambridge gathered their own kick off to force their way down field and put Max Burton in the right hand corner for the try of the game.
Final Score CRUFC 15 - 24 Bury St Edmund's
In the end it was the more accurate kicking of the visitors and their sheer numbers that were difference.
Tries: Jamari, George Paul, Max Burton