Rams clocked-up a club record equalling 15 straight wins with a 19-3 National Two South victory at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

The win was hard-fought as both sides snuffed-out each other’s attacks to create a tough physical contest.

Rams defensive coach, Danny Batty, was thrilled with his team’s efforts in Suffolk as they restricted a highly dangerous attack to just three points, and he said: “I was really pleased with the boys as they kept their shape and filled the space really well, and even when Bury made breaks, as we knew they would, our energy to close down their runners was fantastic."

Bury opened the game the livelier of the two teams and were denied an early score when a touch-down was disallowed for a forward pass. Rams responded with an assault on the Wolf Pack’s line which Greg Illingworth eventually crossed to give his team a 5-0 lead.

Despite much of the possession in the first half, and lots of pressure in the Bury St Edmunds’ 22, Rams could not break-down their opponent’s defence and it was the home side who secured the next score, courtesy of a Jack Johnson penalty on the 36th minute to make the half-time score 5-3.

The visitors came out the stronger of the two sides in the second half and some good passages of play, orchestrated by Rams’ fly half and man-of-the-match Tom Humberstone, created two second-half tries for the league leaders, one from wing Jak Rossiter and the other from Humberstone himself, who converted both touch-downs to give his team a 19-3 win.

Rams head coach Seb Reynolds was pleased with his side's resolve as they broke the club record, stating:

“I am delighted because this was a first class performance from our boys, and Tom Humberstone did a great job standing in for Alex Seers.

"You can see just how dangerous the Bury St Edmunds backs can be by the way they moved the ball around in the last quarter in an effort to get back into the game. The only difference between us and a loss was our brilliant defence and it is a great tribute to Danny Batty that we have got the best defensive record in the national leagues."

Reynolds also paid tribute to two outstanding performances from the hosts, with outside centre, Mark Kohler, and their star forward Tui Uru, both impressing.

He admitted: “Kohler and Uru are excellent players and they really put themselves on the line for their team mates – this made our win a great credit to our players”.