Positives in defeat for Burnley at Trafford

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Burnley travelled to Trafford with both teams playing for pride only after the locals secured their North 1 status last week and began planning for next season.

In the first half the home side came out strong, scoring a penalty, then some weak tackling allowed Trafford to add two tries, before Burnley replied with a penalty.

Both sides tried to play open rugby on a pleasant day, but Burnley need now to identify when to run and when to use their strong pack, as they dominated the scrums.

In the second half, Trafford scored two well-worked tries, as their forwards caught and drove a line out, which unfortunately Burnley’s youngsters couldn’t stop.

Their second came through the back line when their wing went in unopposed to score.

Burnley’s try in this half came via Ash Rothwell, who powered over from three metres. Pleasing to see was the final 10 minutes, even though the game was lost, as Burnley never stopped working and almost scored a break away try, going down 27-10.

Special mention to 18-year-old prop Ed Evans.

The thirds had a nail-biting derby win over Clitheroe. Try scorers were Joe Austin, Chris Wall and Andrew Daggers and a Joe Parkinson penalty.

Burnley girls travelled to a festival at Northwich. The Under 13s drew two and lost two, with Sasha Evans performing well, and the Under 15s won one and lost one. Scorers were Willow Bell, Elisha Farnworth and Anya Richmond.

The Under 18s won their match.

The club is hosting a “Pitch up and play” event on Tuesday, March 24th from 3-30 p.m. for any girls wanting to give rugby a try.Details from Simon (07988122186).

Tomorrow the firsts play Skipton in a friendly at 3 p.m.On Sunday the Under 7-11s are training, the Under 13s are at Rossendale, and the Under 15s are at Trafford.