Team ethic comes to the fore as Burnley RUFC impress in the mud

Fun in the mud!
Fun in the mud!

Burnley climbed to fifth in the table with a bonus-point win on Merseyside against Mossley Hill.

The locals tackled not only the opposition, but a monsoon, and a pitch resembling a paddy field, which made any attempts to play entertaining rugby redundant.

Burnley scored first as Ben Healy burrowed over, but they missed the conversion.

The home side hit back quickly, but also missed the conversion, with the weather making it a difficult afternoon for the kickers.

Burnley’s charging runs were now pushing the home side back, and a inside pass by scrum half Simon Finnan allowed Adam Healy to power through and score between the posts. Andrew Ferguson added the kick.

The home side came straight back into it, and persistent offending saw Burnley down to 14 men. Mossley made their numerical advantage count, scoring after a number of drives, though Burnley felt aggrieved as they felt their defender seemed to be under the ball and the player. The conversion was added to tie the scores at half-time at 12-12.

In the second half, Burnley were reduced to using a makeshift centre pairing as injury took it’s toll. Paul Mullaband and Richard Murray did a sterling job, particularly their strong tackling, which inspired their team mates and led to Burnley gradually getting on top.

With wave after wave of attacks, Burnley were being awarded numerous penalties and they opted to scrummage, turning the screw.

The pressure paid off as they were awarded two penalty tries, both converted by Ferguson.

The final try was through another push over, as number eight Ben Healy placed the ball down, typifying the team ethic.

The seconds had a good 48-12 win at home to Vale of Lune in appalling conditions.

On Saturday there are no senior games, but on Sunday the Under 7/8/9s host Keighley, the Under 11s are at Fylde and the Under 13s are training.