There’s a storm brewing as Burnley Tornados win play-offs to reach Britbowl XXVII

Burnley Tornados will play at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster after winning a wildcard tournament at Blackburn
Burnley Tornados will play at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster after winning a wildcard tournament at Blackburn

Burnley Tornados have made it through to the Britbowl for the second successive year.

The Tornados’ youth team will line-up at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium a week today at Britbowl XXVII after beating Chorley Buccaneers, Doncaster Mustangs and Sheffield Predators in a wildcard tournament at Blackburn Rugby Club.

The first game of the day for the Tornados was against Doncaster, who scored the first touchdown, but not the conversion. However, Flynn Griffiths twisted and turned into the endzone to level the game, before an almighty throw from Callum Doherty to Gino Bradshaw saw the Tornados lead at the half at 12-6.

In the second half, Griffith scored again, as they ran out 24-6 winners.

The second game was against local rivals Chorley, who went ahead, only for quarterback Callum Doherty to link up perfectly with Sam Zakrzewski to square things.

The Buccs went in at the half 13-7 ahead, but the Tornados rallied, scoring for a one-point lead. The sides traded points, but Burnley held on to win 28-27.

In the final game against Sheffield, the Predators ran the ball the length of the field to score first, before Griffith and Zakrzewski put Burnley ahead 15-12 at the half.

Bradshaw added a touchdown, before Griffith was able to coolly walk into the endzone for his ninth TD of the tournament.

Coach Paul Brammer said: “The fight from the Tornados was exceptional.”