Burnley tour party shines

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Burnley RUFC Juniors took a 30-strong group to Belgium for the weekend with their base in Antwerp.

The group, made up of players up to 16-years-old, made a pilgrimage to pay homage to the men that fell in the First World War at the Tyne Cot war cemetery in Flanders Fields, with a wreath being laid on the grave of one of the Burnley soldiers who paid the greatest sacrifice.

Bill Dooley, the club vice chairman, read out the names of 12 Burnley lads that could be found in the cemetery along with a short prayer.

This was the first overseas junior tour, with the trip taking them to play Gent RC on Saturday on 3G turf - another first for the team.

Gent kept Burnley from scoring in the first quarter, managing a try themselves, but for the rest of the game Burnley dominated Gent’s forwards in all the set pieces.

Despite the remaining three quarters of the game being played in the Gent half, Burnley only managed gain a small lead with fine tries from Lee Ferrier, Declan Hutchinson and James Henderson.

With seconds to go, Danny Hodgson picked up the ball from the third phase of play and darted down the wing, only to be denied the winning points by a foot going into touch.

Sunday took the team to play Dendermond RC, who proved to be a match for the Burnley squad.

The game seemed to be heading for a runaway Dendermond win, but with tries from Dominic Murphy, Henderson, Ferrier, Matthew Fordley and Hutchinson, the game was tied.

The forwards again dominated the set piece scrums and line outs but could not get the breakthrough they needed to secure the game.

Dendermond, still with fresh legs, found the try line to again deny a Burnley win.

The man of the match was Fordley, with Hutchinson the players player..