Burnley thirds claim victory in the derby

Burnley thirds
Burnley thirds

Burnley RUFC thirds were the only Holden Road side in action at the weekend, and enjoyed a great win at fierce rivals Blackburn.

A relatively young and inexperienced team travelled more in hope than expectancy.

Three tries from Cameron Croasdale, Nick Edwardes and Chris Egan and two Joe Parkinson penalties sealed a famous and hard-fought win.

Their were some outstanding performances particularly at scrum half from Mickey Smith, returning to game after many years away.

Young student fly half Nick Roberts showed his skill and made strong tackles after moving to study at the UCFB, and is proving a great addition to the club.

Malcolm Kerr at hooker was tremendous. His close tackling and line out jumping helped keep Burnley on the front foot.

Chad Lakin and 21-year-old Cameron Crossdale were also outstanding in the front row.

Second row John Richmond seems to improve with experience, while the back row did a great job job linking backs and forwards.

Joe Ellinson and Anthony Clarke’s tackling meant their was no way through when the home side were on the attack, as Burnley won 21-12.

The Under 9s put in a great performance against North Ribblesdale.

Burnley’s scorers were Layton Dalrymple, Finlay Crabtree, and Harry Cole wth four.

Cole was man of the match for his tries, defence and offloads.

The Under 10s had a good win, also against North Ribb.

Burnley’s scorers were Troy Richmond, Blake Tonks, Ben Uttley, Jack Uttley and Mason Ward.

The Under 14s scorers were Brandon Sharpe and Tom Maddran with a brace.

Tomorrow the first XV and third XV are at North Manchester and Vale of Lune, and the seconds are at home to Ormskirk, all 2-15 p.m. kick-offs. On Sunday, all junior sides are at Bury, at 11 a.m.

• One of Burnley’s rising girl rugby stars Anya Richmond has been selected for the North of England junior rugby academy.

Anya is the first girl to be chosen from the club for the academy - a massive boost for the developing girls’ section at the club which has only been going for two years.

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