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Bury Broncos 62 Bolton Mets 4: Broncos power to derby victory
BURY Broncos consolidated their play-off spot with a derby demolition of Bolton Mets.
The Broncos ran in 12 tries with Ryan Latham, Richard West, Rick Brogan and Lee Salisbury all crossing for two tries each.
Matthew Fish, Chris Radford, Phil Bygrave and Anthony Garside rounded off the scoring at Philips High School to give Bury a sixth straight win that sees them move up to second place in North West Men’s Division Four with just five fixtures to play. The Broncos produced some scintillating rugby despite having a reshuffled team due to injuries.
The untried half-back pairing of Mike Garside and Radford worked well together and Salisbury played at loose forward as Shackcloth moved to full-back to cover for the injured Blake Roberts with Anthony Garside coming in at hooker.
Latham steadied any early nerves with his first try after three minutes as he slid in at the corner following a sublime offload from West.
His second came on 16 minutes from Shackcloth’s long ball who added the extras to make it 10-0.
Fish produced a barnstorming run to score a spectacular 60-metre try, then West grabbed his first of the afternoon after some devastating hand-offs to put Bury 22-0 up after as many minutes.
Radford’s try two minutes later, on the back of another massive drive from Fish extended that lead to 26-0.
Bolton refused to give up for the whole 80 minutes and their efforts were rewarded with a consolation try on 27 minutes as their loose-forward produced a neat offload to allow Ryan Wignall to cross in the corner.
However, an interception and break from Martin Wilcock on the stroke of half time put Brogan away to make it 30-4 at the break.
The Broncos’ dominance continued into the second half, Bygrave crossing the line following a break down the right after both sides had a man sinbinned for fighting.
Bury’s next score was arguably the try of the game as Mike Garside produced two dummies in quick succession before finding his brother Anthony who popped it up to the supporting Salisbury to cross under the sticks.
West announced his return from the sin bin soon after with a break and huge dive under the sticks to take the score to 46-4, before Salisbury scored his second.
Anthony Garside then got a deserved try and Brogan’s second on 72 minutes completed the rout.