Burn make it 7 wins in a row
By David Scott
Burn travelled away to Penrith and came back with a 22-36 bonus point win.
Penrith are in danger of being dragged into the final relegation spot, so they gave everything in this match and made Burn fight for their win. While Burn were not at their best they still did enough to pull away to secure all 5 points.
Penrith caught Burn cold as on 2 minutes they intercepted a careless pass on the half way line and went on to score under the posts. The conversion was added and the home side had an early 7 nil lead. Penrith continued to have the better of the early play with Burn struggling to keep hold of the ball which saw the Cumbrians camped deep in the Burn 22, however Burn managed to relieve the pressure as Scott Richardson intercepted a pass and made it all the way to Penrith’s 22 before being hauled down. Burn started to get hold of the ball more and turned the pressure on their opponents, they came close to a couple of tries, but were stopped just short. On 20 minutes they finally got their reward, Corey Logan made an initial charge followed by Wilf Whittle, the ball was then recycled and passed to Scott Richardson who powered through 2 defenders to score. Leon Fifield was unable to kick the conversion. It wasn’t long until Burn scored again to take the lead, the restart went straight out, from the resulting scrum Burn went to the left, George Skofic was stopped, but the ball was then feed to Jamie Brookes, he made a half break before offloading to Sam Gale who ran in from 35 metres out. Leon Fifield added the conversion. Burn continued to have the better of the play and their cause was helped as the Penrith hooker was shown a yellow card on 31 minutes. Burn didn’t take long to take advantage, they took a 5-metre scrum for the penalty, Sam Gale had a go from the back of the scrum, the ball was then spread wide, Phil Baines put George Skofic into space to score in the corner. The conversion was missed, but Burn had a 7-17 lead. Burn then went to sleep a little as they were slow to react to a quick tap penalty on the half way line by Penrith, this enabled the home side to break into the 22, they kept the ball alive and the gaps appeared enabling them to score. The conversion was missed. Burn attacked before the half-time whistle, but to no avail and the score remained 12-17 at the break.
In the opening play of the second half Burn came close to scoring, but the final pass was taken by a Penrith man and the danger was over. However, on 50 minutes Burn did have a try and bonus point, Burn had retained the ball through several phases and worked their way up to the Penrith 22, a nice delayed pass from Marc Maher created space for Leon Fifield to breach the defensive line to score under the posts. Fifield then added the conversion. This gave what should have been a comfortable 12 point lead, however they allowed the home side right back into the match, as they proved to be their own worst enemy, as Burn tried to run out of their own 22 their was a mix up resulting in the ball being spilt, Penrith seized their chance and scored in the corner. Then from the restart the ball was kicked straight out, from the resulting scrum the ball was feed to the winger, he evaded two tackles to score. The conversion was missed, but the score was now 22-24. Penrith’s tails were up and they kept the pressure on Burn, they were camped on the Burn line, but Burn’s defence held strong and kept their opponents out. On 66 minutes Burn started to ease the pressure as they broke from their own half, Sam Gale made a half break and offloaded to Marc Maher, he took the ball 35 metres out, he handed off the winger and broke free, as he approached the try line the winger caught him up, but Maher just had enough strength to hold off the Penrith man to score in the corner. Leon Fifield then converted from the touch line. Penrith were awarded a penalty on 70 minutes, they were thinking of a securing another bonus point as they took a kick at goal, however the kick was pulled to the left. On 75 minutes Burn scored a sixth try to secure their win, Sam Gale gathered a loose ball just inside his own half, he made a looping run to take him into the Penrith half, he found Sammy Russell who made more yards before offloading to a charging Sam Gale who ran on to score. The conversion was missed, but Burn now lead 22-36 and this is how the game ended.
Penrith managed a 4 try bonus point and with all their endeavour they possibly deserved more, we wish them all the best for next week. For Burn, while they didn’t quite get into top gear, it says something about a team that they went away from home and scored 6 tries. Burn will look to close out the league season with a win next week as they strive for a better playing record than Scarborough in the hope of securing a home game for the play off, but it will be tough as Douglas are the visitors to Ramsgreave Drive.