Burton haven’t played any U17 fixtures this year only U18’s so it was an opportunity to pull out all the players eligible and knock up a team to enter the County U17 cup competition which for the last 3 years has taken the form of a tournament. In this competition clubs also have the option to enter a team as low as 12 players if they struggle for numbers. We were without 1 or 2 big lads but never the less cobbled together a 15 man team who gathered at Wolverhampton. Burton started well in the first of their 4 x 15 minute matches and beat hosts Wolverhampton, next was a draw with Newcastle before a 1 x try victory over Tamworth, this coming at a cost we picked up a injury to full back Joe E and had inside Tom F sent off after a rush of blood, so now down to 13 players. Next up in the pool games were Stoke and they beat a re-jigged Burton side 3 try to nil. After a short tally up of points Burton finished 2nd in the league table and were through to the 30 minute final but now down to 12 players following an injury to Henry W. Stoke who struggled to field a U19 colts side when we beat them 6 weeks prior had no problem fielding a very strong U17 side, with players being realised to play from Denstone, Tigers and Wasps academy’s. Burton started the final fairly well keeping the ball tight where they just about had parity in the forwards and at the set piece. However it was Stoke who scored next running in x 3 try’s from turn over ball through the 15 minutes. No lack of effort on Burton’s part, but our mix “n” match side was no match for a well drilled Stoke back division. The 2nd half Burton got on the score card after a good line out to the front of the line and Keenan went over to score. Stoke who had a squad of 20 players were continually running subs on and off and that killed off Burton who were now dead on their feet. Full time 43 v 5 to Stoke. A good game with lots of skills on show and the Burton lads can hold their heads high as every single player put in a big shift. A special mention to the x 2 props up from the U16’s who "played up" they worked hard all game and never took a back ward step at scrum time. This goes well for the colts next year if their team mates are of the same caliber. Burton can look forward to the Colts County Cup final next week where I am sure some of the lads who played today will get another chance to prove themselves and perhaps change the runners up medals picked up today into winners medals.