Burnage 3s win away to put them a point off 3rd place.
With a few weeks break due to frozen pitches and cup weekends every man and his dog made themselves available and we managed to take a squad of twenty to Hough End for the away fixture against Broughton Park.
Broughton Park’s player manager explained that they only had 14 players due to their 5th team not playing ball and they needed someone to play on the wing. We told them no and played 15 against 14 and then they had an injury so we had 15 against 13 and we smashed them by 100 points to make us feel like really big men. Or at least we would have done if we were Warrington or Liverpool Collegiate.
We in fact did what any team at this level should do and lent them a player straight away. Young Luke Miller was volunteered and put on the black shirt of BP to make it 15 vs 15 and a worthwhile game of rugby.
The game got under away and Burnage were soon making inroads into the opposition half. Some strong carries from the forwards sucked the defence in and then the ball was fed out to the backs. With a 4 on 1 overlap the captain decided to be greedy and dummied and headed for the line. He just about made it and the conversion was added to give us a 7-0 lead. BP came back at us and scored their own try to make it 7 – 5. Tom McCumskey cut a great line form the right wing and scored under the posts and we were 14-5 ahead. BP added a penalty to make it 14-8.
At this point Tom Canham fell on his own shoulder ruling him out of the rest of the game. Luke Miller was brought into the Burnage pack and the Burnage captain played for Broughton Park for the rest of the game. Both sides added tries before the break and the score was 19 -15. Rich Freeman made a clean break through the centre and had only the fullback to beat with Josh Mullaly in support. He went it alone and was tackled by the BP 15. Freeman felt he was speared but the ref thought not. What can only be described as a hissy fit followed and Freeman was in the bin for 10 minutes.
Broughton Park produced thirst quenching oranges and a rallying half time team talk. McCluckie must have used wise words as Burnage came out strong and were soon 24 -15 ahead and the game looked like it might be done. Freeman came back on soon to be removed by captain McCluckie. No room in his team for petulance. Raspin also received a yellow for describing the referee’s head as a male organ.
Broughton rallied and scored a try off the back of a ruck and the score was 24-20 and all to play for. The Burnage attack proved too strong and a tired BP defence couldn’t stop Drew from crossing the line to make it 31-24 leaving BP with too much to do.
An excellent game of rugby with the score keeping it competitive from start to finish.
Luke Miller gets this week’s man of the match for starting for the opposition and then having a great game for Burnage.