BURNLEY, like the weather, had a day to forget as they lost 48-10 at St Edward’s Old Boys.
The locals were 21-0 down after 10 minutes and always chasing the game, which meant they had to take unnecessary risks to get back in the match.
The scrum held its own, but Burnley’s defence was very poor, with too many tackles missed against the league leaders.
Short range efforts from Billy Ingham and skipper Nino Angelone reclaimed a little pride, but as Burnley threw the ball around, the Liverpool team’s backs capitalised with further scores to run away and win 48-10.
Burnley host Hutton tomorrow and will need to be much sharper.
Burnley seconds entertained a young and enterprising Keswick team in monsoon conditions, and struggled to come to terms with the Cumbrians’ high-tempo rugby.
In fairness, Burnley’s game plan went out of the window as the visitors failed to bring a front row, which negated one of Burnley’s strengths, but it was still a poor showing by the seconds as they were slower to the ball and didn’t play to their strengths.
A Sam Clegg try and Gus Ferguson conversion were Burnley’s only first half points, while Luca Angelone added another try in the second half, converted by Ferguson, as they went down 26-14.
Burnley thirds put in a great show against Bolton in abysmal conditions, with a passionate and committed display last Saturday.
Returning power house Eddie Blake was a colossus, scoring a try, to add to a penalty from Mick Uren.
Skipper Jason Bell, Eamon Walsh and Bryan Mitchell all had a good games.
Burnley’s Under 17s produced a much-improved performance against strongly-fancied Didsbury.
All the hard work in training is beginning to reap its reward.
The Burnley youngsters’ forwards produced a great scrummaging effort, making their visitors go to uncontested scrums.
Ironically this allowed Didsbury’s talented halfbacks to get some good ball and carve some tries.
Ashley Nuttall and Lewis got the Burnley tries as they went down 20-10.