Burnley claim the bragging rights from the All Blacks
Burnley travelled to near neighbours Colne and Nelson for the first derby of the season and came away with a 29-3 win.
The game was preceded with both clubs’ Under 14s playing a curtain raiser, which Burnley won 45-5 with a hat-trick of tries from Liam Bythell, and one apiece from Matthew Blundell, Isaac Kelly,Oliver Robinson and Bram Richmond.
Will Parkinson added five conversions.
After the Burnley youngsters set the benchmark for the senior side with a comfortable victory, Burnley started at a blistering pace, with a run from their own half leading to Rob Lawless scoring within two minutes.
Shortly after, some great line out run off the top went through a number of hands before James Redfern scored under the posts, adding the conversion himself.
It looked ominous for Colne, but they dug in, winning a number of penalties they failed to use well.
Burnley always looked dangerous with ball in hand and a Lee Farrier run, supported by Adam Wallis and Felipe Alefosi, led to Redfern scoring.
Burnley were not quite having it all their own way, and were starting to get on the wrong side of the West Midlands official.
They lost Luca Angelone too the bin, and Colne’s ferocious tackling was breaking up the speed of Burnley’s attacks.
Farrier again went over after a great scrum.
Just before the half the All Blacks got a penalty which they scored to make it 22-3.
Burnley rang a few changes in the second half, some enforced, but the game was swinging Colne’s way as they fought tooth and nail for everything, winning many penalties, which eventually saw three Burnley players go to the bin.
Despite this, their defence was excellent, and when back at full strength, Matt Calvert eventually bulldozed over to secure a hard fought 29-3 win
Burnley have no game this week but then face unbeaten Tarleton and will seriously have to improve to tackle the visitors.
Tomorrow, only the thirds are in action, at 3 p.m. against Aspull.
On Sunday, the Under 7-12s are home to Bury, and the Under 14s are training.
The Under 13/16s are at Bury, all 11 a.m. kick-offs.