Bonus-point win for in-form Burnley

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BURNLEY travelled to Merseyside last Saturday and came away with their second bonus point win in two weeks.

Burnley started sluggishly as in previous weeks, and were hampered by a weak scrum and poor first uptackling, meaning the home side punched large holes in their defence, but they somehow weathered the storm.

They then started to gain penalties, which they opted to run, which was great for the neutrals watching but gave the travelling support and coaching staff anxious times.

Burnley obviously wanted to score tries, which was at times tactically naive when a kick would have been the better option, but they got away with it.

An opportunistic effort from fly half Simon Finnan, with some quick feet and a show of the ball led to a try.

Another try from from a charge down led to James White getting a touchdown.

Indiscipline led to numerous penalties, which the excellent home kicker punished on three occasions, but Burnley hit back, and an excellent ploy from the lineout - which had been one of Burnley’s strengths - led to Billy Ingham scoring a try.

Burnleys inability to find touch nearly cost them dear as a lively home team ran the ball back at them, but Burnley held on to win.

Tomorrow Burnley travel to Barrow.

The second team made a long journey to play league leaders Hope Valley in Derbyshire in a bruising and hard-fought game, giving a good account of themselves in a 35-6 defeat.

Gus Ferguson got Burnley’s points with two well-struck penalties.

Tomorrow they play Rochdale at home, all support welcome

On Saturday, April 2nd there will be a players’ dinner at the club, with the speaker the England Rugby mascot, Mr England, Pete Cross.

The following Saturday a former players’ lunch will take place. For details ring Mick (454118).

Burnley Under 16s had a 20-10win over Stockport.

First to score were Stockport with good quick hands in the backs as they scored in the corner.

Then strong runs from Declan Hutchinson and Alistair Lancaster, led to good hands and over went wing David Graham.

In the second half, Anthony clark who shot off down the blind side, beating his man to score. Then straight from the kick-off solid work by James Henderson and Jack Doney showed good passing down the backs, and up popped flanker Joe Ellison to sprint away for a good try.

Stockport then got on the score sheet, and the game was evenly poised at 15-10 to Burnley before good work by Dom Frankland and Ash Nuttall, who fed Ash Hancock and he rounded off a man of the match performance.