Impressive victory for Burnham
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Burnham gave an impressive performance to defeat third-placed Stroud.
Burnham 22 pts
Stroud 10 pts
Burnham came through in a match they were probably expected to struggle with Stroud third in the league.
However, Burnham thought otherwise and with a resolute and determined defence and at times an awesome display of power and pace, they won the day.
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The hosts started well and claimed the first score after 15 minutes after good work by Wikitera, who slipped the ball to Beau Dickens to hand off one opponent and evade the next before crossing the line.
Try as they might, Stroud could not break down Burnham’s line and after stealing the ball, Dickens whipped it out to Muskett, whose carefully placed kick, enabled Jordan Paul to win the race to ground the ball, converted by Dickens.
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Five minutes later, after a period of concerted pressure, Stroud managed to penetrate Burnham’s line to make it 12-5 at the break.
In the second half, Burnham tore into the opposition, allowing Muskett to penetrate the defence with a tantalising grubber kick, giving Jack Pope the chance to touch down.
Ten minutes later, following Wikitera’s charge, he slipped the ball to Paul to claim his second try of the game and a bonus try for Burnham.
Stroud managed to come back and record another try, but Burnham held out to post a well-earned victory.
The front five, especially Jaime, the back row of Stacey, Spelman and Wikitera stifled any chance of Stroud setting up any gainline advantages. The Kiwi pairing at half-back, whose defensive work in the tackling department was second to none and Shaw showed strength in scoring his try.
Burnham travel to Chosen Hill Former Pupils on Saturday. The supporters’ lunch will be on April 16, 1pm for 1-30pm. Please let Chris Jones know.