Burnham defeat the league leaders

BURNHAM emerged victorious against league leaders Penryn in what was probably one of the best games ever seen at the BASC ground.

BURNHAM emerged victorious against league leaders Penryn in what was probably one of the best games ever seen at the BASC ground.

For the first 25 minutes Burnham were in front by two penalties to one, until Bryan Webb was caught once too often and was yellow carded, which gave Penryn the upper hand, resulting in two catch and drive tries, followed by an exchange of penalties to leave Penryn 18-9 ahead at the break.

Just three minutes into the second half, Penryn overturned Burnham ball, whipped it out down the line for the outside centre to touch down under the posts.

Burnham were able to raise their game and back they came and after a successful catch from a line-out, they put in four recycled phases, featuring House and Jordan Paul, before providing enough room for Elisi Vunipola to crash over.

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Penryn then moved 14 points ahead with a penalty. From then on, even though they were against the wind, Burnham applied the pressure with Nick McKen driving over after a Burnham scrum.

This was soon followed by some forceful interplay before working the ball out to Paul, who timed his pass to release San Chillingworth to run in from halfway, Piper converting to make the score 26-28.

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Penryn replied with a long range penalty and for the next 12 minutes, Penryn’s stoic defence kept Burnham at bay, until the onslaught was rewarded when Chillingworth squeezed over in the corner to bring the scores level.

Burnham kept their foot on the throttle and right on the stroke of time, Paul broke through two tacklers from five metres to score the winning try.

On Saturday, Burnham travel to Tavistock.

Burnham 2nd XV 63 pts

Castle Cary 0 pts

Burnham 2nds entertained a strong Castle Cary side with skipper Matt Slater having a generous amount of talent available.

There were some impressive early strikes against the head by hooker Ashley and after a short period of pressure, the Burnham forwards linked with the backs to enable Matt Love to score, converted by Dave Harris. This was soon followed by another converted try for Love.

The third try came when Tom Stevens was stopped 10 metres out, the supporting Peters collected the pass and scored between the posts, again converted by Harris. Further tries were scored by Slater and Love, both converted by Harris.

After the break, Barrington scored the first of his two tries. There were further tries for Love and Harris, who converted all nine tries.

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