Burnley College win latest rugby round

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WEEK six of the social Burnley Play Touch Rugby League programme at Soccer Burnley, Crow Wood, saw three teams take to the field in an all-action mini festival.

Game one was a tense affair, as One Direction (Blessed Trinity Year 11), lifted by the presence and experience of Chris Clements and Richard Bell, scored through captain Celyn Lennard. The Fish Lickers (Burnley RUFC Colts) applied the pressure and eventually came up with an equalising try to tie the game 1-1.

The Fish Lickers then played Burnley College in an end to end match. James Henderson was influential for Burnley RUFC, with Chris Pickles showing the experience gained over the past month.

In the end, the College boys won 3-2 with an offload from Tom Cooley that put his winger in the corner.

With all to play for in the final game, Burnley College called upon England Colleges international Lewis Allen to add flair to their ranks.

One Direction, however, took an early lead as Lennard jinked and stepped up the middle to score. Kieran Hoban was unlucky not to score in the corner following good work from Luke Edmondson and Clements also put the ball to ground with the line begging.

Seizing their opportunity, Burnley College tore into the One Direction defensive line. Two long range interception tries from Burnley and Pendle RLFC’s Matty Crowley, along with tries from Cooley and Ashley Hancock, put the game beyond One D, although they did have the final say with a final try to finish the game 4-2.

With 2 wins from 2, Burnley College were crowned this week’s champions and took home a set of O’Neills tight-fit rugby jerseys, but with Bacup’s Waggys Warriors and Mick McGee’s St Ted’s Old Boys possible entrants next week, who knows what could happen!