A tough opening game for the lads against Lichfield.
The Starting 13 were
1 - Oli Beckett 2- Monty Phillips 3 - Riley Cormack 4- Herbie Allen 5 - Dougie Simpson 8 - Tom Hodder
9- Jude Patrick (C) 10 - Rhys Griffiths 11 - Job Ptolomey 12 - Ethan Kelleher 13 - Conor Bradley 14- Josh Barlow 15 - Charlie RK
Charlie Jake Isaac
Well glad to be back and playing and we have to report that the lads put in a sterling performance this weekend.
Our opening try was pure poetry with all the backs being involved from the Scrum with the young lad Conor Bradley finishing off what was a text book training ground move.
Leadership from the pack was first class Monty/Oli and Riley making some great tackles in the loose, the rucking and powerful running from Dougie and Herbie was relentless and a joy to watch. There was also great handling by Tom at the back of the pack and he also showed some great desire in the tackle.
The backs played some exciting forward flowing rugby when they had possession, and they were also stout in defence holding off a number of potential tries. Jude/Rhys/Conor/Ethan/Charlie/Job and Josh were progressive and forward thinking in their play at times and there is a lot more to come from this group.
Great cameos from Jake, Charlie and in particular Isaac was great to see - all these lads playing their first games for Burton. Their effort and enthusiasm was great to see.
Tiredness, injuries and a depleted squad ultimately played a part in the end result, but the boys took Lichfield the distance, and they can all be proud of their efforts on the opening day.
Well done boys and lets look forward to the rematch.......