‘It will be a huge challenge’ – Bury St Edmunds head coach Ollie Smith

Chris Snelling, in the thick of the action during Bury St Edmunds' home win over Old Redcliffians la

Chris Snelling, in the thick of the action during Bury St Edmunds' home win over Old Redcliffians last month, will again be on the wing against Taunton Titans this weekend. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Bury St Edmunds face their toughest test of the season, when they entertain league leaders Taunton Titans at The Haberden tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Taunton have won six out of six, and are the only club with a 100% record in National League Two South, but Bury have nothing to lose and will relish the challenge on home turf.

The Wolfpack were unlucky to be edged out 12-9 in horrible weather conditions down in Redruth, Cornwall, last weekend, their first defeat since the disappointing 17-50 home reverse to Tonbridge Juddians on the opening day of the season.

Ollie Smith’s new-look side then went on a four-match winning streak, including home victories over Old Redcliffians (28-20) and Wimbledon (48-23), before the narrow loss in Cornwall.

“We have a good home record, and we want to be proud of that,” explained head coach Smith.


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“If we can play to the best of our abilites, and have the right mind-set, then we should be very competitive. And if we don’t win, then at least we will know where we are at, as a team this season.

“We have won our last two at home, but this is the toughest test of the lot, certainly on current form. Taunton have had a fantastic start to the season, and they play some fantastic rugby, as we have seen on the video.

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“They have won six out of six, and have taken 30 out of the 30 points possible, so they are on a high and it will be a huge challenge. But, like last weekend at Redruth, it will be a chance for us to gauge where we are at, because we ran Redruth very close and on another day could have won that match.

“We had a couple of kicks at goal, and we also got held up on the line when if we had gone in lower, then we would have scored and probably won the match.

“As it stands, with us having played four of the bottom six clubs after Tonbridge, I would say we are a mid-table side, but we want to push on and beat some of the teams above us.

“Taunton will be wary of us, perhaps more so than we are of them. We are still gelling as a team, having recruited 22 or 23 new players,” added Smith.

BURY: Smith, Silvestri, Coutts, Scholes, Stanley, Mitchell, Stapleton, Browne. Anderson-Brown, Honey, Corcoran, McBride (c), Kohler, Snelling, Lord. Replacements: Brown, Swithenbank, Uru, Harrison, Rouse.

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