First Team Match Reports
Match Reports 2016-2017 Season - First XV
Sidmouth 16 vs Burnham on Sea 9
Burnham travelled to the South Coast,searching for the 1 point to ensure their safety in this league for next season.Burnham kicked off with the advantage of the slope and led by 3-6 at the interval after a dour,but hard fought half.2penalties to 1,both kicked by Tim Piper.
In the second half ,with the advantage of the slope,pulled away,scoring 2 unconverted tries and 1 penalty.However,from then on Burnham shut the door and were eventually rewarded with a penalty on the stroke of time just outside the 22.
With everybodies nerves jangling,including supporters,a deathly hush descended on the ground.Up stepped Piper and coolly despatched the kick as though it was an everyday recurrence.
Subsequently,we found out that Bude had suffered a demise and Burnham survive with,technically a game in hand,but,nevertheless,as Burnham kicked off 20 minutes earlier,a combination of joy and relief was the order of the day.
Well done Burnham.
Burnham on Sea vs Torquay
What a difference a week makes,from conceding 10 tries the week before,to scoring 11 the following match,almost confirming Burnham's status for next season.Where do we start,the front row of Ed Lewis,Adam Peters and Chris Warner,providing excellent ball followed by great support around the field.Warner and Lewis relishing the opportunity to use their strength and determination to gain ground and provide a solid platform.Next up Luke Gowan and Brett Diver,stoking the engine room enabling the scrum to continually go forward,backed up by a livewire back row in the shape of Ash Cutter,Tom Stevens and the evergreen Stuart Blake,proving that you can't keep a good'un down.The Backs,a Man of the Match winning performance from Sam Lewis in his distribution,punching well above his weight in his tackling and always there at the base of open play.Tim Piper,pulling the strings in conducting all the moves,short ball,long ball,the occasional dummy and keeping cool calm and collected.Richard Muskett and Josh Holder,willing assistants to which ever move was called,a defensive stronghold in preventing their opposite opponents from being able to create any continuity and supplying a constant supply of good ball for the back three.The back three,Brandon Pettitt,Russell Pike and Jordan Paul displaying power,pace,combined with deadly finishing showed that on their day they are invincible.Ably assisted by the replacements,Nick McKen,Jake Harding and Lee Vaughan.What a performance with excitine interplay between backs and forwards,creating many tries from well inside their own half.For this correspondent a splendid example of the future with Ash Cutter's try.Ed Lewis's catch from the kickoff,ball recycled to Cutter who barrelled through tackles ,to race in from 65 metres.Marvellous.Try scorers were,Jordan Paul 4,Brandon Pettitt 2,Tom Stevens 2,Russ Pike,Ash Cutter and Tim Piper,all 1 each.Piper kicking 10,out of 11,conversions.Bring on the next opponent,because,in this mood Burnham are a match for anyone.
Cullumpton 30 vs Burnham on Sea 7
Burnham took the short trip down the M5 to come away with another disappointing result.Thus far they have not managed a single away win and now find themselves back in the middle of the dogfight for demotion.
After 5 minutes Burnham were penalised for pulling down a maul.3-0.Burnham were unlucky in the fact that every single bounce of the ball went Cullompton's way,taking away the iniative from Burnham,allowing Cullompton's marauding forwards,in particular their number 8,who broke through to charge for the line,tackled 2 metres out,but managed to stretch to score.8-0.
Shortly afterwards Cullompton extended their lead when Burnham were caught coming in from the side.11-0.
5 minutes later Burnham's clearing kick was caught by the fullback and with a combination of speedy passing and poor tackling by Burnham,allowing the scrum half to collect the ball 10 metres out and cut through to the posts.18-0.
On the stroke of halftime,again with tackles being missed,Cullompton crashed over under the posts.25-0.
Within a few minutes of restarting,Burnham were unlucky when Ross McKechan was taken off with a debilitating leg injury,diagnosed as a very bad strain.Burnham seemed to lift their effort and after winning their scrum,scrummaging on the whole was quite good, Lewis whipped the ball to Piper,who created a miss move to Paul,who sped down the left wing before timing his pass to Pettitt,who almost reached the line but was able to offload to Tim Piper to make the score and then convert.25-7.
Unfortunately,Burnham retreated inti their shell and Cullompton,on the stroke of time were able to score again and collect a try bonus point.Final score 30-7.
Parts of Burnham's game evenly matched their opponents but let themselves down with lack of discipline and poor tacling.Lineouts were good,scrummaging adequate and pace,when they got it out wide showed that they had a potent weapon.
Burnham now must try and garnish at least 12 points from their final games.
No match next weekend,however the clubhouse will be open for Super Saturday Six Nations.
Written by John Piper
Burnham on Sea 17 vs Crediton 13
Burnhamgreatly improved their chance of remaining in Western Counties West with a try,albeit a penalty try,in the dying moments of the game.Most of the game's forward struggles showed that Burnham had the supremacy,especially in the scrums,which ultimately won them the match.Burnham started the game in the ascendancy,playing most of the first 10 mihutes in Crediton's half against the wind.However a long clearing kick sent Burnham scurrying back eventually conceding a penalty for offside and as Crediton possessed a kicker of prodigIous ability, they found themselves 0-3 behind.Burnham were not to be denied and following a break by Piper,followed up by Pettitt chasing the ball almost to the line,3 quick phases and then out to Tim Piper to score in the corner.5-3.Crediton hit back almost immediately after Burnham were penalised for holding on.5-6.Burnham kept up their majority of possession and territory and after a flowing interchange between backs and forwards,Brandon Pettitt demonstrated his strength and manoeuvreability and squirmed across the line.10-6.
For the first 20 minutes of the second half,with the wind behind them Burnham kept up the pressure,only being kept from adding to their score by either losing the ball in crucial positions or somd desparate defending by Crediton.Another Burnham transgression allowed Crediton to kick a penalty deep into Burnham territory,then secure the lineout,followed by successful phases before releasing their inside centre to ghost through.10-13. For the next 20 minutes Burnham hammered away at Crediton until,eventually,after gaining 3 penalties 5 metres out the referee rightly awartded a penalty try,converted by Piper.17-13.Final score.
A hard match fought out in the best of contention by both clubs.Burnham showing that they do have the capacity to grind out a result.Man of the match Luke Gowan but it could have baaen awarded to many others such was the committment.Well done Burnham,especially as all their closest rivals lost.
St. Ives 39 vs Burnham on Sea 5
Burnham travelled to Cornwall,along with their faithful supporters,only to be taught a harsh lesson by a well-organised side with an admirable home record,which they continued to maintain.Suffice to say,Burnham in the first half,playing with the wind,managed to concede 5 tries without once entering the opposition 22 with ball in hand,also losing Matt Love with a broken finger.Half time 27-0.
Burnham performed considerably better in the second half,conceding 2 tries to 1,scored by Oti completing a bruising defiant charge from 7 metres out.Final score 39-5.
On reflection,the less said the better,but,somehow,Burnham must lose the monkey on their back about away games.With 6 games to go,3 at home and 3 away,they must utilise their potential in the home matches and try to garnish as many points as possible in the away games,so that they may maintain their status in Western Counties.
Burnham on Sea 16 vs Bude 10
Burnham earned a must win battle against Bude in a dour hard fought contest on a bitterly cold day at the BASC ground.With both teams in the bottom four,it was a case of who had the strongest will and desire to come out on top.No quarter asked,none given proved by the lead changing hands on three occasions.Bude started strongly,pressurising Burnham in driving forward with the pack,however Burnham weathered the storm,drove Bude back and after 10 minutes caught Bude offside.3-0.Keeping their momentum going,10 minutes later,from a lineout, they rumbled over to score.8-0.Obviously that was not enough as Bude came back purposefully,firstly with a long range penalty from their fullback,a mighty weapon at this level and secondly,fashioning their own pushover try.8-10.Not to be denied after a lengthy spell in Bude's 22 Burnham worked the ball out to Lee Vaughan to use his strength to force his way over.13-10.Halftime.The second half became a titanic struggle for either side to gain a supremacy,with the only score coming from the boot of Will Conway,who had also scored the penalty in the first half,to move Burnham into a 16-10 lead,which they hung on to.Not the most endearing match that one could see,but Burnham's tenacity in defence maintained their right to claim the victory.Credit to Bude who kept going to the bitter end and for being convivial companions in the bar afterwards.Plus points,Burnham's lineout,via the safe and capable hands of Blake and Stephens,scrummaging mostly on a parity and for once tackling was a vast improvement.Keep it up Burnham,especially in the home games.Well Done.
Wadebridge Camels 24 vs Burnham on Sea 15
Burnham travelled to Cornwall with a team,whose average was just 23,with high hopes of getting their season back on track.They started positively and effectively,so much so that within 5 minutes of the start Oti's strong tackle dislodged the ball,seized upon by Lee Vaughan,breaking 2 tackles and racing in from 45 metres.0-5.Burnham at this time were flying and great work by Farrell,ripping the ball out from a maul,immediately setting off Cutter to storm up the middle before passing to Brandon Pettitt to score in his own inimitable style.0-10.For the rest of the first half Burnham continued to play at a furious pace,in both defence and attack,with yet again prominent runs from their 2 wingers.Halftime 0-10.
Unfortunately,early in the second half Burnham lost 2 men to yellow cards which quickly cost them 2 tries and a conversion.Back to a full complement they struggled to to produce their high intensity of the first half,giving away far too many penalties and poor tackling cost them 2 further tries.24-10.However Burnham kept plugging awayand eventually took a penalty scrum 5 metres out and with good scrummaging and control,Sammy Lewis was able to dive over.24-15.
Try as they might they could not break Camels defence.Final score 24-15.Whilst Burnham are beginning to slide down the slippery slope there were many positives to take from the game.Strong performances from Vaughan,man of the match,Pettitt,Cutter,another exciting young prospect,Lewis.S,getting his backs moving swiftly and not to forget Camels are now 3rd in the table.A gallant effort,just ill-discipline really cost Burnham the match.
Burnham have no match next week,so come up to the BASC ground and support England.
Wellington 20 vs Burnham On Sea 18
A disappointing day for Burnham after having the majority of possession throughout the match,to lose a game through their own inadequancies.Too many times going into contact without the requisite support,too many handling errors,creating overlaps and ignoring them and poor tackling cost them dearly.Burnham are dropping deeply into danger and now need points to remedy the dilemma before it's too late.Try scorers were Brandon Pettitt and Sam Wall plus a penalty goal from Tim Piper at least secured a losing bonus point.Another could have should have won situation gone begging. The talents there but the application is not.
Burnham are at home this week to Truro 2-30pm kickoff.
Tiverton 14 vs Burnham On Sea 12
Burnham, disappointly lost a match they could have and should have won. Too many handling errors,poor decision making and lack of communication cost them the match.Scrummaging was good as well as lineout but subsequent mauls were lostbecause of poor support for the ball carrier. Tiverton were first on the scoreboard with 2 well taken penalties,however Burnham's response was to convert a pen lineout into a constructive maul with Brett Diver spurting onto a po up pass and dive over to make the score 6-5 at halftime.20 minutes into the second half Burnham showed what they could do when opting for a scrum 5 metres outthey pushed Tiverton back,then 2 phases later Kiwi Muskett took the crash ball to cross the line.Holder converted.12-6.Unfortunately Burnham did not learn from this and a series oferrors allowed Tiverton back into the game with firstly a penalty goal then being caught with the ball,giving Tiverton the opportunity to kick deep into Burnham territory with their left winger winning the race.14-12.Burnham really must tighten up on these basic mistakes because,when they put their mind to it,they were the better side.
Burnham on Sea 12 vs St.Austell 17
Burnham lost their recent home form in a game of two halves.After weathering early pressure Burnham worked their way down the pitch,eventually rewarded with a penalty,great kick for a lineout,rolling maul set up enabling Brett Diver to claim the try.5-0. Ten minutes later McKechan collected from the base of a scrum,sold an outrageous dummy,made 30 metres before being caught,Burnham recycled the ball and whipped down the line for Love to hurtle for the line only to be stopped just short of the line.However Burnham's support was swift and the ball was returned in the opposite direction out to Brandon Pettitt to evade two tackles and then round the full back in the ingoal area to score closer to the posts.Watkins converted.12-0.What then happened was a mystery.From being in the ascendancy Burnham just forgot all the methods that had worked,Watkins had a clearing kick charged down,12-7.Next Burnham gave away a needless penalty in front of posts.12-10.This was followed by constant handling errors,poor decision making and a lack of cohesion which gave their opponents an opportunity,after some smart handling and distribution,to score out wide.12-17. Burnham had a chance in the final few minutes with a penalty five metres from the opposition line and yet again chose the wrong option.Final score 12-17. Too many players taking on the opposing pack instead of moving the ball out wide.The 2 wingers,who are match winnners,received the ball only 6 times between them for the entire match.Ludicrous.
Torquay Athletic 8 Burnham on sea 5
Burnham arrived in good time to warm up on a very damp Torrquay day. The players were in good spirits following last weeks victory over Exeter University and hopes were high of getting that 1st away win of the season.
Torquay came out full of vigour playing down the sloping pitch their big forwards controlling the ball well making it difficult for Burnham to get any possession. Burnham did well to hold out with some great defence from Ash Tucker and Matt Love making vital tackles. Then out of nowhere the Torquay fly-half produced the moment of the match with a 40 yard drop goal.
For the rest of the half Burnham showed steady improvement with Fakosi, Matt Slater and Adam Peters beginning to get the best of the scrums and Tom Stevens and Luke Gowan prominent in the Line outs also Sam Lewis linking up with fly half Alex Watkins who Put in some really telling kicks. Torquay tackled well and there was no way through for Burnham and the score remained 3-0 at half-time.
In the second half the defences continued to dominate with Kiwi Muskett and centre partner Josh Holder making some crunching tackles and big forwards Alan House and Fakosi making telling runs but failing to make any clean breaks.
Eventually after 55 minutes Torquay scored the first try when they passed the ball along the line for their left wing to in at the corner. The conversion was missed. Burnham kept pushing forward with Jordan Paul making some good breaks from full-back without really threatening the Torquay line. Eventually Burnham got into a scoring position when Alex Watkins put a penalty in touch near the Torquay line.
Burnham won the line out and drove towards their opponents line and eventually Josh Holder went over for a try in the corner.
Late in the game Ed Lewis came on as replacement for Brett Diver but Ed only played a short part in the game as he was shown a yellow card for illegal use of the boot during a ruck. A hard fought bonus point for Burnham who expected more from the game. But on the day the conditions and a very determined opponent proved a little to much for Burnham.
Burnham on Sea rfc 24 vs Exeter University 0
On a bonny Decembers day perfect for rugby football the resurgent Burnham team looked to continue their rich vein of home form against a high flying Exeter Uni team who were coming off a 71-o rout of Tiverton. Burnham had narrowly lost out to a strong Devonport Services team the week previous after leaving it too late on the game to come to life.
With 5 of the team which travelled to Devonport unavailable due to being at Twickenham and Adam Peters and Tom Stevens spending most of their Saturday taking cute photos there were many changes to the starting pack. Most notable was Adam Sharp starting at hooker, his first game for at least a couple of seasons and the welcome return of Luke Gowan after taking some time out to mourn the loss of his peace lilly.
Against an Exeter team who love to use the ball Burnham set out to retain possession and keep the ball away from the students, as well as up the workrate on Defence. The tone was set from the first minute of the game with players offering themselves up for carries, support play being top drawer and a defensive line that were hungry for work.
Burnham when in possession started causing the students a lot of headaches and strong carries from Otti Fakaosi Jr Pifeleti , Stuart Blake and Ed Lewis‘the white lomu’ were getting them the right side of the gain line. After dominating territory and pressure Sam Lewis cleared the ruck with one of his trademark wormburners out to Alex Watkins who did well to hold on to such an average pass, distributed along the line until the ball found Otti ‘dropsy ojo’, who took off on an arcing run which took him outside his man and then offloaded in the tackle to send away Brandon Pettitt on a 20m run in to the line. Alex Watkins knocked over the extras to put the home side out 7-0.
Straight from the kick off Burnham recycled possession and started to assert more pressure on the students, who started to lose their discipline and start infringing around the rucks, leading to a few penalties which Burnham chose to kick for the corner and set for the line out drive. With first choice hooker Adam Peters away on a photo shoot with BFF Tom Stevens, Ed Lewis took the responsibilities of chucking the ball in, and although the lineout had a few wobbles he did a fine job. The author blames captain Ross Cameron for this has he has far too big of a head.
After phase upon phase of Burnham Pressure an overlap was created and after some nice hands through the backs Matty ‘hot chocolate’ Love was put into space and proceeded not only to cruise into the corner but evade would be tacklers all the way round and dot down under the black dot. A class finish with some great lead up work from forwards and backs alike. This was converted by Alex Watkins for a 14-0 lead.
Shortly before half time while under more immense pressure from the home side Exeter lost two players to a nasty head clash. This stopped the game for some time and a longer half time was called. After some good work by the ref the game started for the 2nd half. After being guilty of switching off in previous games Burnham had no such issues today and hammered back in to the students with renewed vigour.
Exeter had more ball at the start of the 2nd half but Burnhams defence was outstanding with great chat and hard tackling coming from the likes of Luke Gowan and the midfield of ‘ Joshua 'vlad' Holder and Richard ‘the axe’ Muskett , (there was a rumour that the axe got bounced but these are false claims) each attack was repelled with vigour.
Then it was the turn of Burnham who took the attack right down into the students 22m and after some time Alex ‘ andy goode’ Watkins dummied to Otti and proceeded to glide in under the posts. Although glide may be a bit generous has it was one of the slowest short range tries ever seen on a rugby pitch. As a result of this Alex twinged a hammy and Jordan Paul managed to shank the kick in front of the posts. 19-0 to Burnham.
Burnham swung straight back onto attack and after more pressure and some great carries from Matt 'pete' Fear who had come on to replace the injured Adam sharp and Matthew Slater, who at one stage actually straightened the line, drew his defender then threw an Audacious dummy to slice through the defence it was inevitable that Burnham scored out wide in Jordan Paul, who finished a movement which included a classic dummy line from Chris ‘selfie’ Warner and Slates ‘the angry postman’ and great hands once again from the backs. A try straight from the training paddock. 24-0 Burnham.
The last 10 minutes of the game Exeter spent hard on attack trying all they could to get something out of the game but Burnhams defence was outstanding. It would have been easy with the game in the bag to ease off and let them in for a soft try but this was not happening as every man dragged himself off the floor to make the next hit. Finally the ball was turned over and the ball was cleared, Burnhams line intact and the game over.
A great Performance by Burnham, beating one of the top sides while missing regular starters and doing it so emphatically shows the belief and talent that this squad is starting to develop. Man of the match was a tough decision but went to Sam Lewis who made up for his wormburners with some courageous defence and great communication. An honourable mention to Lee Machine who made it through 5 tricky minutes without shattering his glass ankle.
A great performance .
Devonport 24 Burnham 1st 19
After 5 mins of pressure from Devonport it ended up with a 5 meter lineout from which a a well drilled Devonport maul resulted in a pushover try from devonport and conversion making it 7-0
The game went through phases with Burnham defending well for the next 10/15 mins but when ball in hand they made silly mistakes,Within 15 mins with Devonport back in Burnhams 22 from a lineout again the ball got driven over ,converted ,making it 14-0
Five minutes later Burnham were awarded a penalty in front of the post which was missed The the score at half time. 14-0
In the second half straight from the start Burnham had the ball but broke down in midfield and Devonport took the ball from a scrummage got into burnhams 22 and broke wide to score in the corner making it b 19-0
Next 10 mins Burnham came back fighting into the game working hard down the flanks making some good ground then from a breakaway ,midway in our own half Jordan Paul took the ball scoring a try , making it 19-7
In the 29th minute Devonport had a scrummage in front of the 22 and from a passage of play scored again making it 24 –7
This seemed to wake Burnham up a bit and from a lineout the ball went wide to allow Alan House to score, 24-12.
From then on phases of Burnham play in their 22 eventually ending in them scoring a try from Adam Peters making it 24-19.
This was converted by Josh Holder.
The last minutes of the game Burnham really found their flow and if they,d had a few more minutes of play it may have ended with a different result
The final score 24-19
Try scorers Jordan Paul,Adam Paters, Alan House, Alex Watkins penalty ,
Josh Holder conversion.
Burnham on Sea 31 vs Cullompton 8
A consummate and entertaining performance by Burnham on a cold autumn day,warming the cockles of their old faithfuls.
Cullompton arrived hoping to consolidate their lofty position of 3rd in the league,only to meet a Burnham side that were determined to prove otherwise.With pace and guile on the wings and a strong pack burnham set out their stall early on with several attacks only to be thwarted by desperate defence,but,eventually,Brandon Petit gathered a clearing kick,set off from his own 10 metre line and in his own inimitable fashion,using his pace and ability to ignore attempted tackles,he crossed the line close to the posts.Piper converted.7-0.Burnham increased their lead when Cullompton transgressed and Piper duly obliged.10-0.Cullompton quickly replied with a neat flowing move culminating in the left winger scoring in the right wing corner.10-5.10 minutes later Watkins put a long clearin kick into the opposition half,obliging dropped by the full back,allowing a marauding Jordan Paul to scoop up the ball and race in under the posts.Piper converted.17-5.Half-time.Cullompton picked up the challenge from the restart and when Burnham were caught offside,they took the penalty.17-8.This was,basically the catalyst that Burnham needed to up their game and after a good spell of pressure and possession close to Cullompton's line,Alan house was driven over.24-8.By this time Burnham were rampant,driving their opponents backwards in the tight and with Stevens and Blake's strength in the lineout and with a highly commendable debut by Oti who was duly rewarded with a try in the last few moments,brushing aside the defence to score under the posts.Final score 31-8.
A memorable day for Burnham,firing on all cylinders and if they can manage to keep the squad together for all their games,then l see no reason for them to languish in the bottom regions of the league.Well done Burnham.
Crediton 36 Burnham on Sea 10
After a tortuous coach journey to Crediton an injury stricken Burnham on Sea side found it hard to match a very plucky home side.
Burnham struggled for possession early in the game and Crediton scored a try after 10 minutes. Burnham then got points on the board with a Tim Piper penalty. After 13 minutes Crediton scored again in the corner.
Winger Matt Love had a good fun when he cut in the middle of the park.
But Crediton continued to dominate territoriality and by half time led 22 - 3.
Burnham now playing down the slope
Began the second half with more confidence enjoying more possession than they had during the first period.
Matt Slater and front row partner Chris Warner getting more success in the scrum and also prominent in the loose play. Despite all this it was Crediton who scored next with a converted try.
Burnham did eventually score a try with a well worked move down the right when Tim Piper and Russ Pike linked well to put Alex Watkins in for a Try. Piper converted. Crediton had the last word with a converted try in injury time.
Burnham 22 St Ives 20
|Left to right Ross Mckechnie, Sam Lewis,with the ball Russ Pike,Tom Stevens,Tim piper,Brando Pettit
Bude 22 Burnham 20
Burnham arrived early on a sunny afternoon at Bude leaving them plenty of time to prepare.
Burnham got off to a great start when they won a scrum on halfway. Scrum half Sam Lewis fed Tim Piper on the wing, who chipped the ball through then recovered his own kick before passing the ball along the back line for Ben Stacey to score in the corner.
Ten minutes later Burnham again found themselves with good field position. Rich (Kiwi) Muskett kicked the ball towards the Bude posts. The Bude full back picked up the ball and kicked the ball straight to Ross Mckechan who who's ran in à try from 25 yards out.
Now it was Bude's turn to attack and they were soon awarded a penalty, that they duely converted.
The next score was a Burnham penalty kicked by Tim Piper.
Bude now began to pile the pressure on when Burnham conceded a scrum close to their line. Bude's dominant scrum was awarded a penalty try. Soon after that Bude scored a pushover try from a scrum. Both tries were converted.
Half-time score 17-13 to Bude.
Soon after the break Burnham won a Penalty. Sam Lewis took it quickly the ball was passed along the line where Lee Vaughan scored his first league try for Burnham. The rest of the game was very even with too many errors by both sides.
Following a period of Bude pressure they
Managed to score the winning try.
Burnham tried frantically for that score to give them the win but it never came.
In reflection a game played by two evenly matched sides that Burnham could quite easily have won.
Burnham 5 Wadebridge 13
Burnham hosted Wadebridge on a perfect practically wind free afternoon at Thè BASC Ground.
Right from the start it was a battle between Burnham's forwards and the Wadebridge backs. It was Wadebridge who began the match better with their backs confidently running ànd passing the ball and it was the away side who
took thè lead with a penalty after 10 minutes. The Wadebridge backs continued to dominate for most of the first half hour and had it not been for crucial tackles by Jordan Paul, Josh Holder and debutant Lee Vaughan all may have been lost. However it was Wadebridge who scored a try after 38 minutes.
This seemed to spur Burnham into action and started to dominate the set piece and kept the ball in hand with great driving play from No8 Luke Gowan also Adam Peters and Chris Warner punching big holes in the opposition defence.
Despite this unrelenting pressure Wadebridge defended well and hèld onto an 8-0 lead at the break.
At the beginning of the second half Burnham continued to attack and with a great forward drive following a line out Luke Gowan drove over the line only to have thè try disallowed for a knock on.
Burnham stil dominating but despite great driving runs by Alan House, Ross Mckechan and colt Glenn Cutter it was not until the 68th minute when Rich "Kiwi" Muskett charged through to set up
Luke Gowan for à well deserved try . The conversion was missed. 5-8
Burnham continued to press but couldn't find a way through the Wadebridge defence and completely against the run of play it was the away side who had thè final try after 37 minutes putting the game out of Burnham's reach. Final score Burnham 5 Wadebridge 13.
A much better all round performance by Burnham who will be rueing what could have been in a match that they could have won.
|Sam Lewis passing to Richard (Kiwi) Musket
Players in Photo: Farrell Rokena, Brett Diver, Sam Lewis, Richard Muskett, Ben Stacey
Truro 58 Burnham on sea 15
Burnham and their supporters took the road early through heavy rain showers to get to Truro in good time for this match. However on the pitch found it harder to weather the storm where they faced a very well drilled home side. Right from the kick off Burnham were up against it. Truro were awarded a scrum when Burnham had knocked on, and from the scrum Truro's right wing broke away and at the last minute passed inside to the full back who scored the try near the posts. Throughout the first half Burnham were put under pressure by Truro's running and kicking game and at half-time found themselves 41-0 down. In the second half with a slight breeze behind them Burnham started better. When they were awarded a penalty Will Conway kicked the ball into touch to set up a catch and drive from the line out and Farrell Rogan drove over to score his first try for Burnham. Spurred on by this Burnham began to dominate more territorially and were awarded another penalty and with Adam Peters picking out Tom Stevens in the line out, Burnham drove towards the line again for Ed Lewis to score a try. Burnham continued to impress pushing forward more and more with new found confidence Sam Lewis lively behind the scrum with great work in the loose by Ben Stacey and debutant Ashley Cutter. Slightly against the run of play it was Truro who scored the next try when their fly-half scored on the left.
Burnham kept coming back and storming runs by Matt Slater and Ross McKechan putting Truro on the back foot and it was Russ Pike who finished off a good passing move to score in the corner. Burnham kept pushing forward trying to score the bonus point try but were unable to breech the home sides defence again. Truro finished the game the stronger of the two sides again with two more tries but the Burnham players should take some consolation from the fact that they fought back hard in the second half.
Burnham on Sea v Wellington - Result not yet available
From the left Alan House, centre Luke Gowan taking on two Wellington players ,supported by on the right, Adam Peters.l
Burnham on Sea 8 Tiverton 18
In what was a physical and competitive game, Burnham were looking to keep up their good form. Both sides started the game well creating chance after chance, five minutes, in Tiverton’s fullback kicked the ball over the top of Burnham’s line, Jordan Paul took the ball and ran from inside the twenty two, breaking through Tiverton’s line. To his misfortune the fullback stopped Jordan’s brilliant run and turnedover to give Tiverton possession, Tiverton defended well keeping their line and structure stopping Burnham from getting through. Unfortunately for Tiverton, Burnham took the ball from the ruck and passed down the line, feeding Farrell Rogan who offloaded to Jordan Paul going in to score in the corner, Josh Holder missed the conversion.
Burnham’s try woke up Tiverton, applying set pieces & moves causing problems for Burnham. Winning their own lineout, they drove their way in to Burnham’s twenty two seeing their scrum half pop it to the winger, scoring for Tiverton and calmly converted.
The try really got Tiverton going, proven when their flanker won a penalty at the twenty two, slotted over by their fly half giving them a 10-5 lead. Burnham then started to struggle keeping hold of Tiverton, missing tackles emphasised when Tiverton won another penalty at the ruck, their fly half again knocked over the penalty giving them a 13-5 lead.
With 16 minutes to go Burnham started to brighten up, using some great moves giving them something to build on. Ten minutes to go before half time Tiverton’s winger took the ball at the twenty two seeing Matt Love take him out denying a good opportunity for Tiverton. With five minutes left Tiverton scored again getting the ball out quickly to their winger, breaking through the line scoring at the corner, their fly half failed to convert.
Burnham started to improve their performance in the second half seeing them using great moves creating opportunities for themselves, proven when Burnham won a penalty for handling in the ruck, which Josh Holder put over cutting the deficit to ten. Both sides started to lose discipline costing Burnham when their flanker Jake Allen was shown a yellow card for handling in the ruck, Burnham were now down to fourteen. But matters got worse when Burnham were given another yellow card for Mason Shaw retaliating; Burnham were down to thirteen men.
Tiverton had another chance to score when their centre kicked the ball over the top and chased it down, but to his misery Russell Pike was there to cover for Burnham and kick the ball out for a lineout. Burnham had a further great opportunity when Jordan Paul went on a dazzling run, slipping through tackles until he was stopped by Tiverton’s winger. Within five minutes both Jake Allen and Mason Shaw returned, Burnham was back to the full fifteen.
Burnham continued to pressurise Tiverton and in the last ten minutes they did just that, Richard Musket received the ball from Sam Lewis and popped it to Mason Shaw who drove himself over the halfway line. Burnham struggled to get in Tiverton’s half until the last five minutes when Jordan Paul broke through the line in to the twenty two, but again to his disappointment he was held by the fullback. Burnham continued to create chances for themselves. The last kick of the game saw Burnham reach Tiverton’s line using phase after phase, Matt Slater picked up the ball and drove himself over the line but was penalized for double movement; a disappointing result for Burnham who play Wellington next Saturday.
St.Austell 29 Burnham 25
Burnham arrived at St. Austell late after their coach was stuck in heavy traffic causing the start to be delayed by 15 minutes. Despite these setbacks after 20 minutes Burnham found themselves 10 points in the lead with two stunning tries. Firstly Luke Gowan soared to catch the ball in the line out, the ball was fed out to Josh Holder who ran in the try from halfway.
After 25 minutes Burnham won a scrum on halfway and Jordan Paul passed to Matt Love sped down the wing to make it 10-0.
Now St.Austell woke up and a knock on by Burnham gave them a good position. They won the scrum and put the blindside winger in at the corner.
Then five minutes before half-time St.Austell won a line-out 15 metres from the Burnham line after several phases of forward drives their No 8 drove over for the try.
With the tide turning you may have thought Burnham would be happy to go in level at half-time, but Scrum half Sam Lewis had other ideas and when following the restart Ryan Beard and Luke Gowan cleared out a ruck he went through the gap like a flash to score under the posts. Will Conway converted. Half time 10-17
Early in he 2nd half St.Austell were awarded a scrum and took full advantage scoring a cracking try close to the posts that was converted to level the scores.
Soon after St.Austell were awarded a penalty. They kicked it into the corner and from the following line-out drove the ball into the corner for a try. 22-17.
>Burnham then pressured St.Austell for large portions of the second half but we're let down by their own mistakes with knock ons and having a try disallowed for a forward pass.
It was St.Austell who scored the next try when following a line out their right wing scored in the corner. It was converted to make the score 29-17.
With the game slipping away from them and constantly suffering injuries Burnham could quite easily have crumbled. But struck back when just before the end they were awarded a penalty 10 metres from the opponents line.
Burnham opted to take the scrum and it was Kiwi Muskett who drove over for the try.
Will Conway converted to give Burnham an extra bonus point.
Burnham should be proud of this performance all though they know they could have won the game. Stand out performances Gowan and Ryan Beard in the line out.
Adam Peters whose throwing in was good. Ed Lewis and Chris Warner for a solid base in the scrum. Finally Felix Granfield who made his 1st team debut and made a large impact on and off the pitch.
Final score: St.Austell 29 Burnham on sea 25
Burnham’s first game of the season saw them kick off their campaign of with a 22 – 7 victory over Sidmouth. Burnham started the game remarkably brightly seeing Sidmouth struggle to get out of their own half. The first ten minutes saw Burnham keep the ball in Sidmouth’s half which Sidmouth really couldn’t cope with, seeing them make mistakes,giving penalties away. Despite the poor weather conditions Burnham showed great composure to keep hold of the ball and cause all sorts of problems for Sidmouth. Burnham continually gained yards with great carries to drive themselves forward and nearly scored when Tim Piper’s pick and go saw him pop it to Alex Watkins, who’s chip kick over the top met Russell Pike, who chased and scored in the corner, but was denied his and Burnham’s first try of the season as he stepped out at the corner. A lucky escape for Sidmouth but they didn’t learn, as Burnham started to create chance after chance.
Sidmouth manged to find their performance and started to give more of a challenge but still struggled to keep the ball. Burnham kept their shape putting in tackle after tackle helping them turnover the ball. The Twentieth minute saw Richard Muskett taken off with an injury after he took the ball in to contact and land awkwardly on his knee, this saw Matt Love replace him. Burnham kept piling on the pressure, despite losing one of their key players they kept on pushing Sidmouth and that showed when Matt Love chased down Alex Watkins kick and take out his opposite number seeing Burnham turnover the ball and win a penalty. Burnham’s pressure finally got the better of Sidmouth seeing Burnham win a penalty which Alex Watkins calmly put over, giving Burnham a well deserve 3-0 lead. Sidmouth managed to finally get in Burnham’s half which gave them a penalty which their fly half kicked to touch put Russell Pike tap it back into play but to his misfortune gave back to Sidmouth’s flanker. Luckily Brandon Pettit was alert to stop the flanker from scoring
which Russell turned over at the line feeding the ball to Alex Watkins, who put the ball in to touch but it didn’t stop Sidmouth’s second row tackling Alex without the ball costing Sidmouth a yellow card. Burnham won the lineout and drove their way from their twenty-two which Alex Watkins put into touch.
In the second half Burnham kept pushing Sidmouth and it finally paid off when Jordan Paul caught Tim pipers chip kick to score a well-deserved try, Tim piper unfortunately missed the conversion. Burnham’s confidence grew helping them pile more pressure on Sidmouth’s defence and again it worked when Brandon Pettitt Picked the ball from the back of the ruck scoring the try giving Burnham the bigger lead, this time Tim Converted the try and Burnham got stronger. Although Sidmouth hit back when their number eight picked the ball up from their own half and drove himself over the line to give them a lucky try. The Conversion was successful making it 15-7 to Burnham.
The last ten minutes was really physical seeing both sides making big hits and carries keeping their side going. Burnham nearly scored again when Jordan Paul received the ball inside the twenty-two, Brandon Pettit took and scored unfortunately this was disallowed for a forward pass. Burnham didn’t let that stop them as they kept pushing Sidmouth. With the last kick of the game Alex Watkins took the ball from Tim piper and scored underneath the posts which Tim piper converted to finish off what was a great way to start Burnham’s season.
By Robin McCord
From left to right Matt Slater,Ross Mckechnie, Tim Piper with the ball,Luke Gowan, Rob Leigh at the back and Alan House
Burnham on -sea 20 Gordano 5
Burnham took on Gordano in their second pre-season game, after beating cheddar 30-5 Burnham where determined to make it two wins out of two, and they did just that putting lots of pressure on Gordano controlling the first quarter. The first chance came just inside two minute when Burnham had a scrum, driving Gordano backwards scrum half Tim piper picked up the ball from the back of the scrum and fed it to Will Conway who then passed it out to Jordan Paul on the wing who ran at his opposite winger with pace but unfortunately got tackled out of touch. Burnham really started to pick up a lot more comfort with the ball causing Gordano lots of problems, Burnham’s comfort off the ball showed when Ross Mckechan received Tim piper’s pass and ran through the defence to score for Burnham.
The second quarter saw Burnham work Gordano a lot harder as Burnham used set pieces and moves to make more gaps in the Gordano defence and that showed when Burnham got the ball out quickly down the line to Russ Pike who ran through the Gordano defence on the five metre line to score to extend Burnham’s lead.
The third quarter saw Gordano turn things around attacking more and keeping hold of the ball, which paid off when Richard Muskett’s kick was charged down by their fifteen who ran from the halfway line to score for Gordano. Both teams had lots of chances. Gordano picked up their confidence causing problems for Burnham and they did just that in the last few minutes of the third quarter Burnham had picked up a yellow card when the referee gave Alex Watkins a yellow for coming in from the side.. This helped Gordano’s confidence and with what nearly was the last kick of the third quarter Gordano’s outside centre broke through their own half which saw Richard Muskett make a big tackle on halfway to stop the centre from scoring.
The fourth and final quarter saw Gordano pile on lots more pressure on Burnham, it saw Burnham give everything they had left in to what was another great performance. Burnham then scored again which saw Alex Watkins redeem himself from his yellow card as he took the ball from Tim Piper and score underneath the posts. Burnham then stepped it up and with a few minutes’ left Jordan Paul broke from the halfway line with his quick feet to trouble Gordano but was held right on the twenty- two which then resulted in a lineout. Towards the end of the game Alex Watkins after receiving the ball broke into space to score his second try of the game.
In another brilliant performance from Burnham helped them to a 20-5 victory showing some relentless and encouraging signs for the season ahead .
Burnham on Sea 30 vs Cheddar Valley 5
Both Burnham and Cheddar rugby clubs , put out sizeable squads for this early season friendly Derby at the Basc ground.The first quarter Burnham dominated the game with lots of pressure and within the first few minutes Burnham scored through Nick Mcken, his lineout caught in the air by Ben Stacey which saw him gather the ball at the back of the maul and drive over to give Burnham a 5-0 lead. Burnham’s confidence grew which saw Cheddar make mistakes . Then with 10 minutes in, Burnham’s tight head came off with an injury which saw Matt Slater come on to replace him. Burnham were relentless throughout giving cheddar lots of problems. In slippery conditions both sides were struggling to keep hold of the ball, Burnham deservedly lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to Nick Mcken’s try early on.
The second quarter saw Burnham really work cheddar and cheddar improve their performance but still not able to get enough chances. Burnham then scored middle in to the 2nd quarter through a fantastic try from Brandon Pettett who dived over the line to giving Burnham a 10-0 lead. Then late in the quarter cheddar managed to get the ball in Burnham’s half and went over to score when Cheddars fly half drove himself over the five metre line, Cheddar finished the 2nd quarter with a try.
The third quarter saw Cheddar start to give Burnham more of a challenge, with both sides start to pressure each other with some big hits. Burnham then started to dominate Cheddar again by creating more chances and not long later Tim Piper scored when Nick Mcken’s lineout found Ben Stacey which saw the maul end up in a ruck. Ash Cutter took the ball and charged at the defence which then saw him pop the ball to Tim Piper who went to score over the line.
The last quarter saw Cheddar struggle to get to grips with the ball which saw Burnham score early thanks to Jordan Paul who latched on to the ball from Tim Pipers kick in the corner which Jordan touched down to give Burnham a healthy lead. A great break from Jordan Paul saw him offload the ball to Tim who offloaded to Brandon Pettett who was held at the line, it was liked pinball as Burnham and Cheddar scrapped for the ball which ended up as a penalty try to Burnham. The last minute of the game saw Burnham score again through Adam Peters who ran through the defence inside the twenty-two which saw him score under the posts. It saw Burnham win 30-5. With a massive crowd watching the flood lit match and a huge squad of around 40 players taking turns from the touchline the night looked like it will be leading to an exciting season for both the first and second teams.If you have been inspired by the action in Rio and would like to join a Club with exciting prospects ahead, training for seniors is on Tuesday and Thursdays training for juniors on a Sunday morning starting with under 7’s all
the way up to under 16’s.For contact details go to the BRFC website.
By Robin McCord and Sally Flack
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