First Team Match Reports

Match Reports 2017-2018 Season - First XV

Burnham on Sea  10 vs  Devonport Services 35

Burnham succumbed to Devonport with all their usual problems.Lack of discipline,3 yellow cards equalling 30 minutes of time with 14 men,far too many penalties giving their prolific kicker many opportunities to drive Burnham back into the red zone and finally their ineptitude at lineouts cost them 3 tries.However,on the bright side,Burnham in the second 20 minutes of the first half were,by far,the better team.Louie Ward controlling and bossing the game,taking the chance from a swiftly taken penalty,spotting the gap and sqeezing over and then converting the try,as well as notching a penalty goal.During this period scrummaging was good on both put ins,rucking and mauling were efficient and we all thought that Burnham had turned the corner. Half time 10-12.Burnham attacked straight from the kickoff,unfortunately,lost the ball,then conceded a penalty and their second yellow card,enabling Devonport to score their second rolling maul try.This pattern continued throughout the rest of the match,allowing Devonport to create another rolling maul before releasing their backs to score out wide and finally following up with a drop goal from the productive boot of their standoff and to rub salt into the wound,Burnham were penalised with their third yellow card and on the stroke of full time,once again the boot of West landed another monstrous kick.Neither coach or captain felt there was anything further to add.

Crediton  16 vs  Burnham on Sea 0

Unfortunately,another disappointing result for Burnham,even though for the first half Burnham were the better side.Clearing and positional kicks were effective and for the last 15 minutes or so,Burnham spent most of the time in their opponent's half,playing against the slope.
However,in the second half Burnham reverted to their old problems of lack of discipline,poor communication and,seemingly,indifference,conceding 2 penalty goals and 2 unconverted tries.Final score 16-0.At this present moment of time Burnham appear to be having trouble in keeping their concentration and also,as yet have been unable to field their strongest team.They have showed in all 3 games that for a good length of time that they can more than match their opponents.Let's hope that we can soon solve these problems.

Burnham on Sea  13 vs  Chard 31

Burnham were given an emphatic lesson in scrummaging and rolling mauls by Chard,costing them precious possession and territory.Burnham started well with a quick penalty after Chard were caught offside.3-0.Burnham then were repeatedly let down by lack of discipline costing them 2 tries from Chard,both from rolling mauls after penalty lineouts.3-12.On approaching the half hour mark Burnham put together a flowing move with all involved until finally un leashing Matt Love to race away and score in the corner.8-12.Ten minutes later, after Burnham conceded too many penalties on their own goal line, the referee awarded Chard a penalty try.8-19,followed by a rolling maul that gave them their bonus point,on the stroke of half time.8-24.
At the start of the second half,Burnham pulled up their socks,started to produce the swift rucks and mauls,that were their trademark in the pre-season games,enabling Ash Cutter to pick up from the base,produce a couple of telling handoffs before bursting through tacklesuntil free to run in from 40 metres.13-24.Burnham stayed in the game for the next 35 minutes until Chard scored another pushover try to close out the match.13-31.Final score.
Coach Kevin Innals said,a very disappointing day,we were totally dominated by Chard's forwards,especially in the scrum
.We did not help ourselves by the lack of accuracy and drcision making in open play,which often ended up in more scrums,loss of possession and field position,which was part of the game we should have dominated.We will be looking for some good sessions this week to prepare for Crediton.

 Captain McKechan  said that we welcomed a well organised Chard side to the pit on Saturday and enjoyed a hard fought contest.Unfortunately for usthe Chard set piece was lethaland the used it effectively to secure the win.Beyond the scrum,we worked hard in the loose and nullified their attacking options.The only place to improve is the training paddock and we will be working hard to prepare for our next game against Crediton.  

Burnham on Sea  15 vs  Kingsbridge 20

Burnham started their season with a disappointing result,but at the same time encouraging.Kingsbridge flew out of the blocks and within the first few minutes,after a series of phases they crossed the line.0-5.
Burnham's old favourite,ill-discipline,then cost them a further 3 points when they were penalised for a high tackle.0-8.
15 minutes later they lost Duffus to a yellow card,quickly followed by the referee awarding Kinsbridge a penalty try after Burnham conceded their third penalty in the red zone.0-15.Half time.
Right from the start of the second half,after an inspirational half time chat from the coach,Burnham noticably changed their style of play and upped the tempo,so much so that they created good lineout ball,followed by a break by Pike,resulting in a smart pickup by Louie Ward to cross the line.5-15.
Burnham kept up the pressure,giving Ward the chance to time a well judged pass to Muskett,who stormed up the middle,followed by 3 phases of ongoing mauling enabled Piper to release McKen,then on to Lewis who released Matt Love to score in the corner.10-15.
5 minutes later Kingsbridge's clearing penalty kick,missed touch,adroitly caught by Pike who set off on a searing run before  sending off Vaughan on a Barn storming run,nearly reaching the line,but when stopped he popped the ball for Chris Warner to cross the line.15-15.
Just before the end Kingsbridge secured good lineout ball before fashioning a successful rolling maul to score in the corner.Final score 15-20.
Coach Innalls said that after some good pre-season match performances it looked like Burnham got stage fright as they let Kinsbridge take the game by the scruff of the neck,with their forwards dominating the gain line and putting Burnham's defence under pressure,also Burnham made it easier for them with some poor first up tackling and poor communication.Second half Burnham came out and played to the style that they had been working on,which subsequently worked well for Burnham.But for a poor lineout at the end,Burnham had put themselves in a position to win the match.
Many positives from the match that will stand Burnham in good stead in the future.Debuts for Finn Duffus,Louie Ward,Connor Howard and George Prewett.Man of the match for Burnham was Chris Warner.
Well done Burnham.

Burnham on Sea  17 vs  Yeovil 0

Burnham concluded their pre season matches successfully,winning 3 out of 3.From the start of the match displayed their solidarity in defence before they began to exert their own efforts culminating in a pushover try claimed by Chris Warner. 10 minutes a similar result after a series of mauls with,yet again,a Warner try.Notable efforts from Stevens and Howard in the tackling department.Half time.12-0.Burnham kept up their confidence,no matter which 15 were playing
,and some play by James Wright saw him charge down a clearing kick,follow up and successfully ground the ball.Even with several players missing on the night,Burnham showed that this season,especially with the advent of some of the development squad step[ping up,that they will be a force to be reckoned with.However,skipper Ross McKechan stated,along with coach Kevin Inalls,that they must keep up the training intensity and their fitness levels.Well done Burnham and we all look forward to the start of the season.

Winscombe  0 vs  Burnham on Sea 17

Burnham travelled to Winscombe for their second warm-up match,this one against a team who play at the same level.Debut players for this match were,our 2 Kiwi boys, Louie Ward and Finn Duffus as well as Jack Bennett.

From the start Burnham showed their attacking intentions to the extent that the referee awarded a penalty try after Winscombe had thrice transgressed close to the line.7-0.Even though Burnham had the advantage of the slope they were unable to add to this score in the first half,including missing 2 simple opportunities through handling errors.
Playing uphill in the second half only seemed to increase Burnham's deterimation, mettle and commitment.Destructive tackling stopped Winscombe heavier forwards from producing constructive progression until eventually Burnham rumbled forward enabling them to release Finn Duffus to storm over the line proving that he will be a very useful addition to Burnham's squad.

Twenty minutes later after, weathering Winscombe's gathering momentum,Burnham worked their way back up the field and after considerable pressure exerted by the scrum,Duffus picked up from the base,galloped towards the line,made the the ball available so that Sam wall was ablt to collect and crash over.17=0.

Try as they might Winscombe were unable to penetrate Burnham's exemplary defence.Every man played his part.Notable movement and invention from Ward,another useful addition,linking well with his outside man,kicking when needed and as any Kiwi of note tackled well above his weight.

Final score 0-17.

A solid performance by Burnham,especially in defence, but showing that they can fashion attractive attacking play as well.
Well done Burnham and we look forward to this forthcoming season.

Burnham on Sea  vs  Morganians

Thursday 10th august
Burnham's first warm up match of the season,showed that their preparation,enthusiasm and ability to take on coach Kevin Innes ideas were there for all to see.Mobility and fitness were paramount and with just 3 weeks to the start of the season they already look to be progressing for the visit of Kingsbridge.
Notable debuts from Ryan Sheppard,Stuart Theobald and especially 17 year old Scott Beard proving that the work done in the Development Squad is beginning to pay off.
With the advent of the 2 KIwi boys,Burnham's fuiture is looking considerably promising.
All who played showed their eagerness,strength and agility,with the try total of 11 to 2 emphasising their domination.However credit must be given to Morganians in their attitude, under new coach Hancock,but Burnham must keep up this level of intensity for their next trial game against Winscombe,who now play at the same level as Burnham.
Burnham's power,pace and awareness were the key to there success in this match,now they must take the next step up.Scrummaging and close quarter work were an improvement,thereby enabling the backs to display their dexterity and speed.
Well done Burnham,we look forward to the next match.Against Winscombe away kick off 7pm.

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