Second Team Match Reports
Match Reports 2017-2018 Season - Second XV
Burnham 41 Minehead 21
Following last week's disappointment of not fulfilling their fixture against somerton it was imperative that Burnham honoured the league and fulfilled this fixture.
The earlier fixture between these 2 teams was an entertaining game with Burnham running out 58 25 winners.
So with just 16 men one debutant and players out of position the game was set.
Played out on the reserve pitch which was in superb condition which was just what Burnham needed against mineheads bigger pack.
Burnham started the game stronger with good phase play ending in Tim piper dancing over.
More direct play from Burnham stalwart Alan house allowed Jude Donnelly to leave defenders in his wake to power over.
He soon scored his 2nd after a powerful 30metre maul from the stags forwards with him peeling off and flying under the posts.
Minehead gathered themselves and through a kick and chase scored under the posts.
Instead of going into their shells Burnham hit back immediately with Ryan beard catching the kick off and falling just short of the line offloading to powerhouse Jack manlow to score.
Again not sitting in their laurels Burnham applied pressure in defence allowing fin Ingham the chance to intercept and sprint in from 50 metres to score.
Message at half-time was to keep enjoying ourselves run everything and take the chances.
The message got through to the players and the ball was thrown around like it was a summers day and played with more of a sevens feel to it than a wet cold January Saturday.
More scores from Ryan and Jude completed burnhams day in what was a thoroughly enjoyable game.
Burnham travel away to Yeovil on Saturday to try and complete the double over them and keep themselves up in top 4 contention.
Burnham 2’s 22vs Winscombe 2’s 50
Burnham were fizzing coming into this game following their monumental 2nd half win over Chard last week. Not only were they 21 points down at half time but came back fighting to score 46 unanswered points to win the game.
However it was Winscombe who came out of the starting blocks quickly applying early pressure to take them deep into the Burnham red zone. Burnham soaked up the pressure and were able to relieve their line with a great left footed kick by fly half Lee Saunders. The subsequent chase by Burnham felled the receiving Winscombe player. This forced the turn over. The ball was recycled quickly and passed out to left wing Tom Harris who thundered down the wing to open the scoring. Conversion by Mitch Kingston.
The game got under way and turned into a fantastic 1st half for the teams supporters. Winscombe defiantly came straight back into the game and some strong running from their number 8, broke the gain line. The subsequent maul set up by the forwards trundled over the Burnham line for a converted try. This was to prove a vital weapon for Winscombe during this match as the afternoon unfolded.
Burnham did not get sucked into the Winscombe maul in the 1st half and took their chances by using the boot of fly half Lee Saunders to put the Burnham forwards back up the pitch. Some strong running by Adam Peters found good position off second phase ball to release Mason Shaw to score an unconverted try. Winscombe responded quickly with another well worked score and started to get their off loading game going.
By this time Burnham had used their one replacement and were down to 14 men due to another injury and a number of no shows leaving the team with the bare minimum. But a dogged display from the mighty Adam Peters allowed him to be on the end of a sweet pass from Jamie Blyth to score a rare try. The pass had to brush the turf to make sure it got to the bread basket of a compact Peters.
Winscombe responded straight away again to score twice to make the score 17 – 24.
Burnham rallied with their 14 men at half time whilst Winscombe with the luxury of multiple replacements made a number of key changes and for 35 mins of the second half it became the Winscombe show.
However Burnham were resolute in defence with strong tackling from all in particular Jude Donelly and Neil Harding. Leading the way Jude was rewarded during the dying moments of the game with a try from a line out maul.
Great spirit to find the bonus point in this game against a side who deserved their win. Next week Burnham 2’s are away to Somerton.
Burnham 39 Bridgwater & Albion III 26
A blustery but dry day saw Burnham’s 2nd team travelling to local rivals Bridgwater and Albion RFC.
Burnham fielded a youthful side, promising pace and excitement as long as the wind didn’t stifle their ambition, Bridgwater fielded a less mobile heavier pack and an experienced back line.
The early exchanges saw Burnham’s pack scrummaging well, asserting themselves against a much heavier Bridgy pack, unfortunately constant complaints by Bridgwater’s “experienced” front row drew the attention of the referee and questionable interpretation of scrummaging law followed. Burnham’s pack continued to dominate pushing the Bridgwater pack backwards at almost every scrum.
After a settling in period for Burnham’s young team, good first phase ball at scrum and lineout time put them on the front foot and it wasn’t long before their ability to attack quickly and support well paid off. Some great continuity and powerful running, seeing Burnham cross the Bridgwater try line several times in the first half.
Burnham’s flyhalf, used the wind well in the first half turning Bridgwater regularly to allow Burnham’s defense to put pressure on Bridgwater in their own half.
Unfortunately Burnham’s desire to spread the ball wide and to offload in contact lead to some handling errors in the windy conditions and frustration set in at times, this led to some unnecessary penalties which kept Bridgwater in the game.
The second half saw Bridgwater’s flyhalf using the wind to good effect, relieving Burnham’s pressure on the Bridgwater 22 regularly. Burnham became increasingly frustrated by a lack of consistency in decisions around the ruck, giving away penalties that allowed Bridgwater to clear their lines several times.
Burnham’s bemused pack continued to struggle to meet the referees scrummaging requirements and at times player frustration saw a string of decisions go against Burnham at scrum time.
Despite a Bridgwater resurgence in the second half, Burnham held on to their lead, adding two further tries to their tally and the final whistle saw Burnham victors by 39 – 26. Burnham worked hard for their 7 tries and 2 conversions and despite frustrations during the match, a young team produced a great effort for a well deserved victory against their local rivals.
Burnham’s 2nds play Martock RFC at home on Saturday 04 November 2017, kick off 2:30pm.
Burnham 46 Somerton 12
Not such a glorious afternoon at the pit the 2s welcomed Somerton rfc.
On the back of a frustrating loss away to winscombe the previous week the lads welcomed back a couple of familiar old faces in phillip hobbs Matthew slater and Lee Saunders.
In front of very big crowd the game started a bit nervy and quiet for the home side with last week's game still rattling around some of their heads it took the 1st scrum of the day to settle the nerves resulting in a pushover try for Tim piper playing at 8.
Resting on their laurels a bit they allowed Somerton some field position to which they were rewarded with a try of their own.
The 2s then started to click and started to put some well worked phases together to release the ball to the backs who looked dangerous throughout the game. Next on the score sheet was felix who finished off in the corner.
Before the half finished Burnham worked a good old fashioned backs move off a scrum for young Scott beard to slice through under the posts.
Wise words from coach Chris spinks at halftime kept the lads moving forwards and were rewarded with a further 5 more tries through
Mitch Kingston x2
Josh cope x2
Another impressive performance at home but it needs to step up for away trips this season.
Next Saturday away to Minehead
Man of the match Scott beard.
Winscombe 23 Burnham 11
Another fine Saturday afternoon of weather saw Burnham head to combe in high confidence after last week's emphatic win at home only to be brought down to earth with a poor display of discipline and not playing to our strengths.
The team sheet was full of youth and experience once more as they welcomed Samuel Everett into the team for his senior debut and welcomed back Henry Bigwood and Chris Leigh
The squad was full of replacements as well until bouts of life threatening illnesses, phones not working etc.... which left us with just 2 on the sideline.
Burnham started the game with how they finished last week playing quick fast free flowing attacking rugby and we're rewarded with a try in the corner by Henry after a solid maul.
A quick turnover for combe caught Burnham flat footed and they spread they ball wide and their winger scored under they posts.
Burnham were creating opportunities but poor decision making lead them to not finishing them off.
2nd half started with Burnham working hard up the pitch and got rewarded with a penalty which piper kicked to get back into the lead straight from the restart combe bagged themselves a penalty and retook the lead.
Burnham regained it with another pen 5 mins later but after this instead of taking control and playing simple rugby they folded and let the frustrations of some poor refereeing decisions get into their heads and conceded penalty after penalty mainly through captain Tim Piper.
The game finished with combe scoring a pushover try.
Lessons that must be learnt is no matter what a ref is right (no matter how bad)
In the heat of a game heads must be cool
Always walk off knowing you gave your all and enjoyed it.
Training as a team is hugely important to get better
Our targets stay the same for rest of season
Lastly when there is an away game let's all get on the bus.
Well done to the beards Scott and Ryan who caused havoc with their open play running.
Home to Somerton next Saturday
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