Burn win on the road
By David Scott
Burn travelled to Anselmians and came away with a 7-24 victory and in the process secured a bonus point.
Burn took a while to get going in this game, but a strong end to the first half and the start of the second saw them home with 4 tries.
The opening 20 minutes saw play move from one half to the other without either team dominating or coming close to tries. Burn passed up several penalty kicks at goal and when they did elect to kick it was from 35 metres out and the kick from Alex Taylorson went wide. On 22 minutes Burn sparked into life, from a long 22 drop out from Anselmians, Marc Maher gathered the ball, his long pass found Joe Rowntree, he then fired another long pass, as the ball reached Sam Gale he was still 40 metres out, he made some yards before passing to Frank Nickson, he cut through a gap and made good ground, as he reached the 22 he passed back inside to Ed Sinclair who charged on to score. Taylorson was unable to add the conversion. Burns second try was from a catch and drive, they rumbled on towards the try line, although with confusing pitch markings they thought they had scored before they had, but Sam Gale went again and smuggled over the right line. The conversion was missed. Burns third try came on 34 minutes, Burn had elected to take a scrum from a penalty around 8 metres out, Burn got a little nudge on before Sam Gale went from the back of the scrum, he drew a man before passing to Alex Taylorson who went on to score under the posts without an Anselmians player getting close to him. Leon Fifield added the extra points taking Burns lead to 17 nil. Just before the break Anselmians had a man sent off due to abusive language towards the referee.
Down to 14 men it was always going to be hard for Anselmians and at the start of the second period they struggled to get out of their own half. Burn were close to a try in the opening minutes, but a forward pass prevented Burn pushing further ahead. However, Burn didn’t need to wait too long, from the back of a scrum Corey Logan made yards, before Sam Gale took the ball with pace, he then found Alex Taylorson on his shoulder and with a short pass he put Taylorson into space allowing him to go on to score his second try of the game. Leon Fifield kicked the conversion and Burn now had a 24 point lead. Despite chances Burn were unable to add any further points, they made too many little mistakes, but also Anselmians never gave in and they were rewarded on 70 minutes with a try. They had kicked a penalty to touch, they worked through several phases before spreading it wide enabling the winger to score in the corner. The conversion was well kicked and this made the score 7-24. The rest of the game passed without much incident, except a yellow card for Leon Fifield, however Anselmians couldn’t close the points gap and the game ended without anymore scores.
Anselmians have some good players, but Burn played as a team and this made the difference. While, Burn will be delighted to travel away and come back with a maximum 5 points, they should have scored more points in the second half as they had the number supremacy, but some of their play became a little loose and they tried to do too much at times. Despite this there are promising signs, the team are gelling well and appear to be enjoying their rugby.
Burn welcome Warrington to Ramsgreave Drive next week in what will be another test.