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Rams settle for bonus points as Bury bury them


Bury St Edmunds 27

Redingensi­ans Rams 24

A JAK ROSSITER hat-trick could not prevent defeat for Redingensi­ans as they were forced to settle for two losing bonus points in Suffolk.

Bury St Edmunds opened up a 27-14 lead before late scores from Rossiter and Josh Collis at least rescued something from the contest to ensure Rams would end the season in their highest ever league position of at least fourth.

“All in all, it didn’t go our way but that’s just how it goes sometimes,” said head coach Seb Reynolds.

“We probably didn’t up our tempo enough until the final stages but we got two bonus points and we played some good stuff, so not all bad.”

Redingensi­ans handed debuts to Reading University’s Olly Moffit and Matt Allen as they looked to cement third spot in the table.

But the visitors got off to an awful start, falling behind in the opening minutes before Olly Cole was forced off with a knee injury.

Rams improved midway through the half with some fine handling leading to Rossiter bursting across the line to level the contest.

Both sides appeared to be cancelling each other out as halftime approached with a brilliant last-ditch challenge from Jordan Souter ensuring the game was 7-7 at the break.

Bury started the second half well, retaking the lead, only for Rossiter to again equalise.

Two successful penalties from the home side edged them back ahead before they stormed 13 points clear with a converted try.

But Redingensi­ans continued to battle until the end with Collis and Rossiter on target, but Bury took the honours with a 27-24 victory.

“The big story for us is that we introduced two guys making their debut into the pack in Olly Moffit and Matt Allen following a fine season with the university,” said Reynolds.

“They did a great job.

“Credit must go to Jak Rossiter for his hat-trick. He’s been dying to get his hands on the ball, so I’m really happy for him.

“I thought we played some really positive rugby.”

Redingensi­ans host Canterbury on Saturday (2.30pm).

RAMS: Duffelen, Rossiter, Bryant, Souter, Corrigan, Jarvis, Cole, Kidd, Moffit, Baker, Taylor, Thompson, C. Stapley, Vooght, Allen. Reps: Nightingal­e, Weller, Collis, Richardson, Booth.

 ?? Pictures: S2S Photograph­y ?? Matt Allen made his debut at number 8
Pictures: S2S Photograph­y Matt Allen made his debut at number 8
 ??  ?? Jak Rossiter crosses the whitewash
Jak Rossiter crosses the whitewash
 ??  ?? Debutant hooker Ollie Moffit
Debutant hooker Ollie Moffit

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