Burton RFC U15 Girls side hosted Leek RFC at “The Croft” on Sunday 18th September to open their 2016/17 season. The game was highly competitive with both sides producing some excellent rugby. Leek RFC came out on top with a 25 – 10 victory.
The first half was quite tight with both sides battling hard and playing some entertaining rugby. Leek took advantage of a loose ball and broke from within their own half to score the first try of the game. Burton responded well with some great interplay between the forwards and backs, which presented an opportunity for Grace Fitzgerald to drive forward with pace to score Burtons first try.
Leek looked strong and with persistent pressure managed to break again to score another try from deep. At the break, Leek were leading 10 – 5.
Knock-on’s from both sides dominated the early stages of the second half. A well worked backs move saw Leek’s third try of the game. Strong performances from Gemma Tomlinson and Hayley Moore in the middle of the park kept Leek at bay for much of the second half. A strong move forward saw Burton narrowly miss out on evening the score line however a strong counter attack from Leek produced another good try.
Leek scored two more tries before Burton produced the try of the match. The girls battled hard to gain possession and then drove forward with grit and determination. After some excellent passing between the forwards, Freya Bussell dived over the line to score Burton’s second try.
Overall Leek were the better side and deserved their victory. Burton were resilient and hard working until the end and it was an encouraging start to the season.
The Man of the Match honours for the Burton team as nominated by Leeks Coaches were shared between Hayley Moore and Gemma Tomlinson for outstanding commitment and work rate
Full Time Score – Burton RFC 10 – Leek RFC 25
Still lots to work on at training on Thursday and Sunday. No game next week as we have a bye in the National Cup.