Round 5 of the league program saw Bourns visit Peel Croft, the home of Burton RFC, with an unusual back story of two former international players making their debuts for both clubs as player coaches. Former Saracens and Argentina centre Marcelo Bosch started at full back for Burton and former Worcester Warrior and Scotland international Alex Grove started at centre for Bourns.
As for the team, number 8 Umraan Jadwat made an earlier than expected return from injury to the fray. On loan Matt Dight moved to a more familiar position on the wing and James Weaver started at hooker. Zane Raimondi, Harry Hudson and Ethan Walker, all starters last week, reverted to the bench, such is the current strength of the team.
The playing paddock was firm and Bourns made an electric start. From the kick off, the home side took the ball into contact on their 22, the home scrum half faked a box kick and went blind, but got hit and fumbled forward. The Bourns forwards drove dynamically and flanker Angus Low went over near the posts in the first minute. 7-0 up. Bourns were playing with pace and accuracy which the home side were struggling to cope with. The score was doubled as a flowing move started by the rampaging lock Tom Holliday set up good field position and sweet hands and pass by centre Mark Coulson saw Matt Dight cross the line. Bourns kept up the pace and the home nine was yellowed for some cynical play in the red zone. Bourns ignored the 3 points and chose to scrum. A slight nudge and pick up from Jadwat and he did the rest taking two defenders over the line making it 19-0 after 15 minutes.
What ball the home side saw was always under pressure from the much improved Bourns defence. On 20 minutes, another spill in the tackle in the Bourns 22 and two passes later, Alex Grove put Matt Dight in space on half way. Matt collected his neat chip of the last offender and he scored his second try. Bourns forced another 5 meter scrum on 25 minutes and Umraan repeated his first try and the game was pretty much done at 31-0. Full back Owen Williams had to leave the field with a knock , however there was no further scoring despite Angus Low having a late yellow for a second red zone offence.
The second half was a stop/start affair as both sides had knocks to deal with as both physio's had some pitch time! Bourns increased their advantage 3 minutes into the half. More good defence forced a turn over and Mark Coulson cut a great line and fixed the defender to pass to Alex Grove, who showed his juggling skills to hold onto the ball and score. Burton had more time with the ball, but it was always under pressure from the tenacious defence of the Bourns side. Bourns scored further tries from Mitch McGahan seizing on a loose pass and winger Tom Burrows scoring his first try on his full debut intercepting on half way and putting on the after burners. A fine 48-0 win on away soil that has been a grave yard in previous years in terms of results. It's 5 out of 5 and the team currently sit top of the pile with a healthy 24 points.
The front 5 were magnificent with their work rate around the pitch and the attacking threat of the backs was evident to see, however its blind side Ash Scriven who gets star man in my view for his carrying and defensive display.
Next up, it's the free running Doncaster Phoenix who visit Avery Fields next week. Pop down to the club for breakfast before hand and take in the England v France World Cup group decider.
Team : 15, Owen Williams, 14, Tom Burrows, 13, Alex Grove, 12, Mark Coulson, 11, Matt Dight, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9, Ben Tibbetts, 8, Umraan Jadwat, 7, Angus Low, 6, Ash Scriven, 5, Tom Holliday, 4, Steve Handy (capt) 3, Kurtis Payne, 2, James Weaver, 1, James Burgoyne, 16, Zane Raimondi, 17, Harry Hudson, 18, Ethan Walker.