Impressive Burn secure win
By David Scott
Burn travelled to league leaders Carlisle and came away with a 15-24 victory.
A good defensive performance throughout the game and a greater cutting edge saw Burn score four tries to seal a bonus point win.
The opening stages of the game were very nip and tuck, however it was Burn who scored first on 12 minutes. From a line out 40 metres out, it was released and Corey Logan crashed up, good hands from Tom Lavelle helped keep Burn’s momentum, Marc Maher made a half break, his pass found Tom Burtonwood who made it into the 22, Leon Fifield then carried to within 5 metres of the try line, the ball was recycled and Sam Gale’s dive and stretch was just enough to touch down for the try. The conversion was missed. After this most of the rest of the half and a bit extra was spent in Burn’s 22 with Carlisle pushing for a try. Penalty after penalty were awarded against Burn, Carlisle didn’t go for kicks, instead they kept pushing for a try, however Burn’s defence frustrated them time after time. Penalties kept coming which saw Tom Lavelle being shown a yellow card on 29 minutes. This encouraged the home side to elect scrums when awarded penalties, but despite losing a key prop Burn’s scrum was not giving in and didn’t allow any push overs, although they were on several occasions penalised in the scrum, which at times seemed harsh. Burn continued to resist the pressure of their opponents and with the sin bin period passing without conceding points they would have hoped to see out the half with their lead in tack. However, what Burn were not expecting was the never-ending half and finally after 48 minutes Carlisle found space out wide to score. The conversion was missed and the scores were level at the break.
With the start of the second half Burn were finally out of their own 22 and they quickly made Carlisle pay as they scored after just 1 minute of the half. Tom Burtonwood made the initial charge, followed by Jamie Brookes, then Corey Logan made the decisive break as he made it into the 22 before passing inside to Sam Gale to score his and Burn’s second try. Leon Fifield added the extra points. Carlisle responded with a penalty on 46 minutes. On 51 minutes Burn scored their third try, they caught and drove, they had a few goes at the line, but were stopped just short, then Corey Logan gathered and went low to score. Leon Fifield was unable to kick the conversion, but Burn led 8-17. On 61 minutes Carlisle hit back with a try from their own catch and drive. The conversion appeared to miss, as only one touch judges flag went up, however the referee raised his arm and the home side were now within two points of Burn. On 65 minutes there was a further try and it was Burn who scored it to secure a bonus point. Alex Taylorson kicked through and chased his own kick and managed to regather, but he was pulled down just a couple of metres from the line, the ball was recycled and Scott Richardson just sneaked in to score. Leon Fifield then converted well from out wide. After this Carlisle tried to come back at Burn, but there were no further points with both teams knocking on when in possession and the game ended 15-24.
Burn played more of the rugby in this game and were well worth their win. You can see why Carlisle are top as they keep trying to grind their opponent away, but in this match, Burn didn’t allow this and when Burn had the ball they looked more dangerous and took their chances. They did their Director of Rugby proud. 5 points to Burn and none to Carlisle was a dream outcome, this saw Burn narrow the gap in the league between the two teams to 6 points. This was a great result for Burn, however it will mean nothing if they don’t beat Manchester next week at Ramsgreave Drive.