Sackville-West gets 3 tries as Stockport complete home fixtures with 38-31 local derby win against Burnage.
In perfect conditions and with two sides committed to playing open attacking rugby this was an excellent match to complete Stockport’s home fixtures for the season.
In perfect conditions and with two sides committed to playing open attacking rugby this was an excellent match to complete Stockport’s home fixtures for the season. Stockport got off to a flying start with an early try by Richard Sackville-West as he scored the first of his 3 tries after only 5 minutes. Stockport probably edged the possession statistics but Burnage dominated the set scrums and their backs showed some exciting running. Stockport took full advantage of their scoring chances and went in 21-14 ahead at half time. Burnage scored two quick tries early in the second half to take the lead 21-24. With both sides running the ball well the scene was set for an exciting conclusion to the game, there were last ditch tackles, missed touch kicks a yellow and a red card for Burnage and after 72 minutes the score equal on 31-31. However with Burnage two men short it was Stockport who clinched the win as fly half Liam Mcgovern jinked in for a try under the posts to make it 38-31. This bonus point victory puts Stockport into 6th place just above Burnage and 4 points below Blackburn, who are Stockport’s opponents for the final game of the season next week at Blackburn.
Stockport started well with good recycling and continuity, after 7 minutes Sackville-West playing in the forwards instead of on the wing showed the effect of taking the ball at pace as he crashed through the Burnage defence to score. Burnage scored as they took a scrum against the head in the Stockport 22 and their No 6 picked and ran in for the try, 7-7 after 25 minutes. Burnage fumbled the kick off and Stockport pressure resulted in a 5 m scrum to the home side, a penalty was quickly taken and again it was Sackville-West who had the pace and power to get over the line, McGovern was on target for 14-7. in the last 5 minutes of the half Sackville-West got his 3rd try after Stockport moved the ball right then left and he took the recycled ball to crash over for a try converted by McGovern. But Burnage were very much still in the game and got an easy try just before the break when their No 8 went blind from a scrum on the Stockport 22 to make it 21-14 at half time.
Stockport started the second period well but Burnage drove a scrum in their 22 about 15 metres and the ball was then moved quickly to their centre on the right and his 50 metre run looked to have secured a try but an excellent covering tackle by Stockport fullback Rhodri Mayer caused the centre to knock on over the line. Burnage won a penalty at the ensuing scrum and their tap set up the centre to score out on the right, there was no conversion but the visitors were right in the game at 21-19. Burnage ran the ball from the kick off and their pace and support running gave them another unconverted try to take the lead 21-24. Stockport defended well as Burnage put on more pressure and then had a good attack of their own, going through many phases from half way to win a penalty in front of the Burnage posts. No 7 Simon Green tapped and ran in unopposed and McGovern added the conversion to put Stockport back in the lead. A good break by Tom Eaton set up a scoring pass to Green but the Burnage centre deliberately knocked on and got a yellow card. McGovern converted the penalty for 31-24. Despite being a man short Burnage ran the ball from their own 22 and their wing got a try under the Stockport posts to draw the scores level with 8 minutes to go. Stockport missed a penalty after Burnage were reduced to 13 for a red card offence but McGovern’s jinking run from the Burnage 22 gave him the try and conversion that sealed the win at 38-31.