Burnley complete a derby clean sweep against Pendle
Burnley completed a derby clean sweep as they hosted Pendle on Saturday, after beating the visitors on their own patch earlier this season, along with a double over Colne and Nelson.
The game was an excellent advert for local rugby, with a high level of skill and entertainment.
Burnley opened in determined mood, and after winning a lineout, Gerhard Botha rang a great angle to open their account after only a minute.Joe Parkinson’s trusty boot added the extras.
The locals were soon brought back to earth as Pendle responded brilliantly through their physical centre pairing, though Burnley defended magnificently.
Pendle had one memorable 30-metre drive, resulting in a quick tap, but the attacker was held up and that chance went.
Pendle won several penalties but continually opted to kick for the corners in an attempt to get tries, which was to later cost them.
Pendle continued their dominance but struggled to break a frenetic home defence
Skipper Paul Mullaband, Jack Stockdale and Luca Angelone were everywhere.
Burnleys scrum began to use their advantage, and the supply of ball began to dry up for the visitors.
Burnley weathered the storm and to add insult to injury they hit back as they won a scrum, and Adam Healy burned down the left to score.Parkinson added the kick and Pendle were down by 14.
Just before the half, Parkinson kicked a penalty to make it 17-0.
The game began again with a bang after the break.
Pendle’s outside centre had been warned in the first half twice for high tackles, and the referee lost patience after his third attempt, despatching the centre to the bin
Burnley made Pendle pay heavily as Matt Crowley made a good run to score out wide
Then, after a great scrum, Lee Farrier took a switch pass to glide through, and Sam Mounsey added the kick.
After a superb handling move, Crowley was tackled short of the line, but back row Adam Wallis was in support to take the offload and score.
A great Simon Finnan break led to him feeding Rothwell, who went over out wide
Pendle roared back and the hosts lost a player to the bin, but with more good ball, Botha ran straight and carried two defenders over the line to grab his second. Mounsey added the extras to make it 47-0.
Today the first and third XVs are at Tarleton and Bury, and the seconds host Tarleton. On Sunday the Under 7-12s are at the York Festival, meet 7-15 a.m. , the Under 13s are training, the u15s are home to Sedgley Park at 11 a.m.