Burn dominate Douglas
Burn cruised to a 36-0 victory over Douglas at Ramsgreave Drive.
After a disappointing performance last week Burn took their frustration out on Douglas as they controlled the game from start to finish enabling them to score six tries and secure a winning bonus point.
Burn got off to a dream start as Corey Logan scored the first of his three tries in the opening minutes. There had been quite a bit of kicking from each team, Ockert Erasmus gathered a clearance from Douglas on half way, he fed Logan who put in a trademark barraging run to burst through the defensive line, he then showed good pace and stamina to keep going to out run the covering defenders. Phil Baines was unable to kick the conversion. Burn maintained the upper hand as they were well on top in the scrums, they had a few 5 metre scrums and had their opponents back pedalling, but couldn’t quite drive them back over the line, so they switched tactic as they released the ball to the backs and Marc Maher crashed over the try line. Phil Baines added the extra points and Burn led 12 nil. Burn added their third try on 22 minutes, this time they were able to drive Douglas back over their own line from a 5 metre scrum allowing Corey Logan to fall on the ball to score. The conversion was missed. After this Douglas were able to keep Burn at bay as they were able to relieve pressure as they started winning a few penalties, however they were not able to maintain any sort of territory and the half closed with much of the play in the middle of the pitch leaving the half time score at 17-0.
At the start of the second half Douglas had their best phase of the game, but forward passes and knock on’s prevented them from taking their chances. Burn made their opponents pay as they secured a try bonus point with their fourth try on 56 minutes, Burn had kicked to the corner, then caught and drove, the initial drive stalled, but then Corey Logan took the ball on and held off a couple of defenders before somehow stretching to score over his head despite his back facing the try line. The conversion was missed. On 60 minutes Marc Maher scored his second and Burn’s fifth try, Ed Sinclair had made an initial break, Phil Baines then made a few more yards in midfield before feeding Maher who barged his way over the try line. Phil Baines added the extra points and the score was now 29 nil. Burn maintained the upper hand and nearly scored another try after Jamie Brookes made a break, he then passed to Ryan Barrett, he chipped on, as the ball crossed the try line he dived for the ball, but the referee adjudged that a Douglas just managed to hold the ball up. However, Burn didn’t need to wait long for their sixth try, as from a 5 metre scrum Jamie Brookes went for the line, he was stopped short, but the ball was recycled and Rob Bramhall went low to score. Phil Baines added the conversion from out wide to take Burn’s lead to 36-0. There were no more points in the game despite Burn’s best efforts.
The Burn pack again put in an impressive display which gave them the platform to take control of the game, other than a patch at the start of the second half, Burn dominated their opponents and were well worth their win. There is no game next week, the week after Burn welcome Manchester to Ramsgreave Drive.