Emotional day for Burnley Rugby Club

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BURNLEY travelled to Bury on an emotional day for the club in their first outing since the tragic loss of Danny Collins.

Burnley dominated the early exchanges, and a good blindside run by Ryan Bradley ended in him scoring an unconverted try.

Then good lineout work fed Simon Finnan, who broke and released Bradley for his second try. Steve Kent added the conversion.

Burnley gave away a number of penalties which gave the home side hope as they added a kick, but the locals responded well, and from a good scrum, Kent went over and kicked the conversion to make it 19-3 at half-time.

The second half was a more even affair as Burnley conceded numerous penalties, and late in the game Bury scored a deserved try which was excellently converted from out wide to make it 19-10 at full time.

The seconds, with nine changes to the selected 18, secured a point at Tarleton which still keeps them top of the league.

Neither side could break the deadlock, bar an exchange of penalties, Burnley’s coming from Gus Fergusons steady boot.

The thirds faced a tough game against unbeaten leaders Leigh.

The bigger centres proved to be a tough test for the Burnley lads, and Leigh gained territory and put pressure on the locals.

It was a credit to Burnley that Leigh decided to take penalty kicks whenever they could, rather than go for tries, which led to three penalties, which saw Burnley down 9-0 at half-time.

The second half showed more endeavour from both sides, and Burnley threatened the Leigh line a couple of times, with Eddie Blake crashing over to give Burnley their first score.

The Burnley defence started to tire, and despite the efforts of the back row, Leigh managed to run in two tries, while their kicker was having a good day, making all but one of the penalties and conversions as it finished 27-5.

It flattered Leigh and didn’t show the hard work that Burnley put in.

The Under 16s went down in the cup to a well-drilled Trafford. Elliot Gaughan got the locals’ first try.

The second half had a better start as Dom Murphy scored a try, converted by Jake Foster, but Trafford pulled away before Danny Hodgson scored his first try.

It ended 54-17.

Tomorrow the first and thirds are at home Bolton and Garstang, and the thirds travel to Clitheroe, all 2-15 p.m. kick-offs. Sunday sees the Under 16s travel to Blackburn, with all other junior teams training, meet 10 a.m.