Big honour for junior rugby stars

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Burnley RUFC’s growing junior section and success on the pitch was rewarded as they were invited to form the guard of honour at Sale Sharks’ 26-10 win over Worcester Warriors on Friday night.

A total of 73 youngsters, parents and coaches travelled to the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford for the special honour.

Meanwhile, Burnley’s first team lost 17-8 at unbeaten league leaders De La Salle.

Burnley scored first through a penalty by Matt Crowley. The hosts came straight back at Burnley, as no one claimed the kick-off, and they scored out wide.

The Salford side scored again before half-time to lead 10 - 3.

In the second half the home side got their third try, which they converted.

With the home side down to 13 due to indiscipline, after a maul was formed, Burnley walked over the line, Simon Finnan getting the final touch to make it 17-8.

The seconds’ recent good run came to an end as they crashed 53-12 at Southport 53-12. Paul Mullaband and Ian Coates were the try scorers, and skipper Gus Ferguson added a conversion.

The thirds had a fine 26-17 win at Carnforth despite a Matt Fisher brace, tries from Ben Williamson and Steve Harrison, and three Joe Parkinson conversions.

The Under 17s went out of the Lancashire Cup to favourites Liverpool St Helens 35-10.

Joe McCue and Jack Donovan were the scorers.

Tonight the Danny Collins memorial match will be played at 7-30 p.m.

Tomorrow all three senior sides are home to Thornton Cleveleys, Preston and Ormskirk, kick-off 2-15 p.m.

On Sunday, the tags and Under 9s play North Ribblesdale .The Under 11 and 13s are training, and the Under 17s travel to Glossop (12-30 p.m.).