Burn suffer defeat
Burn lost their first home game of the season as Vale of Lune came out on top 10-31.
A tight first half saw the scores all square at the break, but Vale dominated the second period to ease to a comfortable victory and secure a bonus point.
Vale took the lead on 8 minutes from a penalty 35 metres out. Following this neither side managed to dominate, the away side did have the upper hand in the forwards, but were unable to break down the Burn defence or threaten the try line. This was the case until the 25th minute, when Vale kicked a penalty to the corner, caught and drove from the line out and crashed over the Burn line. The conversion was well kicked from the touch line and Vale now had a 10 nil lead. Burn reduced the deficit by 3 points after 35 minutes with a Leon Fifield penalty. Then on the stroke of half time Burn were level, Marc Maher gathered a clearance kick, his diagonal kick put pressure on Vale, a further clearance kick missed touch and Leon Fifield gathered, he first ran it back before chipping on, he had ground to make up as a Vale prop went to fall on the ball, but Fifield just got a toe in to hack the ball on, he was then able to fall on the ball to score. Fifield kicked the conversion to make the half time score 10-10. Unfortunately this was as good as it got for Burn.
On 49 minutes Liam Canning was shown a yellow card for a high tackle, this helped Vale dominate in the forwards. At first Burn were able to resist Vale’s advances, but just before Burn were back up to 15 men, Vale were awarded a penalty try after shunting Burn back in a 5 metre scrum. After this Vale continued to press Burn, it appeared that a Vale centre was through to score, but Leon Fifield just managed to strip him of the ball a yard short of the try line. On 67 minutes Burn were back down to 14 men after Rob Bramhall was sent to the sin bin. This created gaps in the Burn defence and Vale added another try and conversion within the sin bin period. Vale then managed a fourth try to secure a bonus point on 77 minutes after a mazy run from a Vale winger past some fairly weak tackles, saw him score in the corner. The conversion was well kicked from the touch line to make the final score 10-31.
Burn will be disappointed how Vale pulled away from them in the second half. Vale were on top in the scrum, but this was aided by Burn being down to 14 men for 50% of the half and also some poor kicking that kept piling the pressure back on themselves. Burn will look to improve next week as they hope to kick start their season away at Rochdale.