Burnham win at Devonport
Burnham travelled to Devonport Services and returned with an impressive victory.
Devonport Services 9 pts
Burnham 21 pts
BURNHAM travelled to Devonport Services in a confident mood due to the great start to the season.
Knowing that Devonport were a strong outfit, coaches Elisi Vunipola and Graham Buller made sure the players understood the first 20 minutes were going to be crucial.
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They took this on board as Alan House crashed over the line within the first five minutes to open Burnham’s account. Tim Piper added the extras to make it 7-0. Burnham started to showcase their talent, leading to Piper scoring under the posts, which he converted.
Not to be written off, Devonport came back at Burnham, but some ill discipline led to a Devonport penalty which they kicked to make it 14-3.
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Burnham’s next try came through vice-captain Mike Hocking after more impressive attacking rugby from all the players. Piper kicked the extra points, but Devonport added another three points before the break to make it 21-6 at half-time.
The second half was a different story. Devonport threw everything they had at Burnham, but solid tackling by new signing Tom Chaffey, captain Pike, Josh Holder and Rich Muskett kept them out.
However, a Muskett big hit was deemed illegal and he was shown a yellow card. Impenetrable defence from all players shut out Devonport, who could only manage another penalty to make the final score 21-9.
Maka man of the match was awarded to Stu Blake. On Saturday, Burnham welcome Tavistock (3pm).
Burnham 2nd XV 31 pts
Bridgwater 0 pts
THE seconds gave a good performance against a larger Bridgwater side.
Good early pressure led to Lloyd Stewart touching down. The second try was scored by Joe Osgood and good play between Chris Leigh and Rob Lewis, saw Leigh cross for the third. Two of the tries were converted by Will Conway.
After the break, Burnham went in to hibernation before Ryan Reynolds cleared their lines. Good play came from Matt Mitchell, Matt Glanville and Phil Collings and near misses were recorded by Leigh, Stewart; Matt Slater and Conway before a move by Elliot Donnelly Will Grant and Lewis saw the latter find the line. The scoring was finished by Henry Bigwood, converted by Conway.
Accolades were shared between Lloyd Stewart and Matt Mitchell.