GOOD BAD AND INDIFFERENT BUT BOYS PREVAIL.
Tough battle with glimpses of some very good play was the order of the day. The weather was overcast with a very light breeze and Blackburn Welcomed the Blue team from Liverpool to Ramsgreave.
Burn Squad: Declan,Lewis,Harvey,Will,Conner,John,Keiron,Sam,Jake,Niall (capt),Harry,Luke, Rhys,Jack,Ioan,Chad,James. A Semi final beckoned for the winner of this match and with Cameron and Pat away for the day the squad needed to play well.
Liverpool attacked first but with Burn clearing their lines by passing Rhys was released and showed some fine straight running with ball in hand to score the first try. Ioan converted from under the posts 7-0.
Another passage of play saw Luke (following a kick ahead) have a great weaving run and he was unlucky not to make the line as he was hauled to the ground some 5 metres short. Blackburn’s forwards were in a battle with their counterparts, who contested keenly throughout. John was competing for everything and put up a dogged performance in the loose. Niall started to show his presence and hit hard in the tackle. The ball came back again on the Blackburn side. Jake and Harvey were playing very well in the boilerhouse and most of the clean possession was coming Blackburn’s way. James hunted and dug in for the ball and passed to Ioan who shipped on to Rhys and having scented glory a few minutes earlier he went off on what is turning out to be a characteristic run from inside his own half playing today at inside centre threequarter he crossed again under the posts and the Liverpool midfield had been shredded. This was his 6th try in 3 games and all made possible by the platform the forwards were creating. A simple conversion from Ioan left the score 14-0 at half time.
The game wasn’t won yet though and stalemate was evident as the forwards battled and Liverpool pressed the Blackburn line. Sam was playing well as was John in the rucks and mauls. Penalties were given away and a series of kicks to clear the Burn Line were needed a few times. Will was really piling into contact and Niall tackled hard around the fringes. Lewis and Keiron were on in the second half for Jake and Harvey and Lewis had a couple of runs that scattered the opposition. Some terrific play from Conner in both halves with ball in hand focussed the forwards. Steve had impressed on the lads at half time the need to hit breakdowns with the correct body angle and to load the mauls with body weight in the correct alignment (instead of just leaning against the mass) and it started to pay dividends. After what seemed an eternity of dropped passes and knocked on balls and other frustrating errors, Burn finally got a move to click. The ball had come to Lewis who kept a move going by utilising a super basketball style pass to Rhys who ran and timed a lovely offload to Jack who quickly stripped the opposition and crossed to score a terrific try. A difficult conversion was missed but the score going into the final quarter was 19-0.
Harry continued to sweep up in defence and a few darting runs led to energetic impacts with a number of players time and time again. Throughout the game he had fielded the opponents kicks very well.Tension was cranked up by a couple of little spats as the cup match was obviously important to both sides and time was short. Liverpool pressed again and some great forward play from Burn repelled the attack once more. Pressure eventually told as Liverpool won ball and with a good backs move spread it to the right, outstripping the cover defence the visitors scored a well deserved try in the corner. The conversion was missed. Score 19-5
With time running out for Liverpool, Chad took a big hit as he was bundled into touch, but manfully trotted back to see the game finish with a well fought win for the Blue and Reds to secure a place in the semi-finals of the Blacksticks Blue Plate. Final score 19-5.
Parents picked the man of the match and a number of names were mentioned
Including John, Conner,James,Niall and Lewis. However the lad with most votes was Rhys and congrats to him for his consistent play.