De La Salle 34, Burnley 3

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Burnley’s growing junior section will be in even safer hands after a successful first aid course recently.

Ten coaches and volunteers of the junior section undertook and successfuly completed the course.

Meanwhile, Burnley went down 34-3 to an impressive De La Salle away in Manchester.

The locals didn’t really do themselves justice as multiple positional and personnel changes conspired to rob them of any shape to their normally well-structured game.

The lack of familiarity hindered their defensive organisation, something with better numbers at training should be easily addressed.

Travelling to downtown Salford is a difficult assignment at the best of times.

The incoming players Gus Ferguson who kicked Burnley’s sole points, Danny Marshall, Ben Healey Ryan Bradley and Chris Baxendale all played well enough.

Billy Lancaster dominated the lineout, and Bradley and Baxendale punched holes in the home defence when they got the ball, but Burnleys forwards didn’t provide enough quality ball to allow the blue and golds to test Della.

It was good to see Luke Smith back in a blue and gold shirt but a bit puzzling as to why he wasn’t deployed.

A Under 12s and 13s Burnley side hosted Bury in a thrilling match on Sunday.

Burnley put in a strong first half performance, going into the interval with a 17-7 lead with tries from Sam Butterworth (converted), Harry Smales and Mason Heys.

Bury traded tries with Burnley at the beginning of the second half with Harry Smales scoring his second try (converted by Butterworth) before Bury levelled the match with two further tries at 24-24.

The game was won in the dying minutes with a strong run from Eduard Handford scoring in the corner which was duly converted by Butterworth for a final score of 31-24 to Burnley .

Coaches players of the match were awarded to Anya Richmond and Sam Butterworth.