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U15's 2017 - 18 - Match centre

Burton RUFC
Leek RUFC
Sun 1 Oct 11:00 - Friendly Full time

Match report - Burton 7 Leek 55

A dominant performance in all phases of the game saw the Tigers run out comfortable winners, scoring eight tries in their first away game of the season.

Match report - Burton 7 Leek 55

A dominant performance in all phases of the game saw the Tigers run out comfortable winners, scoring eight tries in their first away game of the season.

Leek kept their hosts on the back foot throughout the game thanks to dominance in the scrum, strong tackling and great defensive line speed,

The Moorlanders had the lion's share of possession and territory throughout the match, scoring four tries in each half. Six different try scorers reflected the contribution made by every member of the squad.

Ollie Powell opened the scoring with a surging run through the Burton defensive line after several phases of play had moved the Tigers up the field (Joe Byrne conversion, 0-7).

The Tigers returned to the attack straight from the restart, with forwards and backs combining over several phases of play, drawing in the Burton defence to open the space for Tom Rigby to cross for the second score (Byrne conversion, 0-14).

The hosts competed gamely, particular in the rucks, but had no time to build on any possession thanks to Leek's aggressive, high-pressure game.

Matt Beardmore claimed the third try, crashing through the defensive line from ten metres out after another multi-phase passage of play, and Marcus Dawson added a fourth, easily outpacing the cover defence (Byrne conversions, 0-28).

Leek's discipline was excellent throughout the game, and they gave away very few penalties and turnovers. The same could not be said for the hosts, who were reduced to 14 just before halftime with a yellow card for mouthing off to the referee. Joe Byrne continued his flawless place-kicking display from 35 metres (0-31, half time).

The Tigers eased off during the second half, trying a few party tricks that didn't quite come off.

But such was their dominance that Harvey Dunleavy and Charlie Breen were able to add the score with scorching runs through a ragged defensive line - loosehead prop Michael Stonier converting the latter (0-43).

Burton claimed their only score following a quickly-taken penalty, catching out a slow-to-retreat Leek defence (7-43).

But the Moorlanders were quick to respond, with Powell (Byrne conversion) and Rigby each claiming a second try to round off a convincing victory (7-55).

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