Barnstorming Burn Blow 'Winnies away
By John O'Ryan
5 try tryfest means a semi-final funday awaits
Burn were back to their brilliant best this morning, a massoove squad of 22 each putting in great shift to deny a big strong Aldwinians side even a consolation try.
First to score from the Winnies kick off was Arthur, scampering down the left wing like Jeremy Corbyn on disco biscuits, leaving the guest trailing in his wake. Theo gave the conversion attempt some oomph but was just short into a tricky breeze. Johnny dotted down under the posts to give us our first converted try (Tom F) after carving up the middle lane of the pitch, his direct route battering through and leaving a few lads with bruises tomorrow. Our back line was again in action, for the next score, with Jacob adding to his terrific tally, again skinning the centers and wingers to go out wide. Tobi, who once again put in an almighty shift all round the park, added the coup de grace for the first half to bring us in at half time as 22 - 0. Correction, Jacob got this one, but Tobi deserves a special mention, so there!
Changes at the break, ensuring everyone got a half game, meant that we were only to score one more, brilliantly finished off by Theo, which was again too far out for the conversion. Before that young Seb, a man on a mission to secure top flight rugby at Stoney, was unlucky to take a knock to his noggin, here's hoping he bounces back higher and better, no doubt he will, such a great player. Winnies were then thrown a considerable lifeline with the withdrawal of Tobi, while the Burn boys were told in no uncertain terms to step there game up in his inimitable style. This they did, perhaps with a bit less of his aggressive defense, but certainly in terms of standing firm against some big lads on the charge. Time and time again Winnies tapped and ran, their number 8 picked and went, but each time for about a solid 10 minutes, the Burn line held firm and drove the Winnies from whence they came. Our scrums were outstanding throughout the game, with 50% of the Winnies put ins ending up going through Burn hands, a great shift by the tight 5's before and after considerable personnel change at half time. Line outs were perfect, discipline was well maintained, especially given previous outings with this ref who has sin-binned one of our boys in pretty much every game. Yes, we gave away too many penalties, but our attitude and body language remained positive, so no complaints there. To be picky, we should have scored more, handling errors remain an issue in midfield with passes zipping to head height and support players overrunning the pass, but that's just something else to work on on our training games and Wednesday nights before we take on our semi-finalist opponents in a few weeks time (April 7th??) Before that we have games against good opposition to make sure we nail our tactics and skills, and I for one am seriously excited about just what this amazing team of boys can achieve. The Final is scheduled for the 14th of April, t'would be nice to go to Belfast with "Championese" ringing in our ears.