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Match report: Wolverhampton RUFC 20 Burntwood RUFC 2nds 17

A very young Burntwood 2nds outfit took on a much older and experienced Wolverhampton team at Castlecroft and came up agonisingly short, going down by 20-17.

The future is bright as the young guns of Burntwood shone in the Wolverhampton mid-afternoon sunshine. Fielding a team mostly of Under 21 year olds the travelling team gave a fantastic account of themselves.

The undoing of Burntwood was their initial 10 minute first half display, still adjusting from the travel journey; they were slow out of the blocks and found themselves 10 points in arrears almost immediately.

However the response was superb and immediate. From the restart Wolverhampton knocked on and as the ball spilled clear, Lewis Aston was quickest to react and fed Luke Rookyard, who raced to the line unopposed. At half time Burntwood turned around 10-5 down.

The start of the second half could not have been any different to the first half. Burntwood sensed an early scoring opportunity and as they continually battered the home side’s line, Wolverhampton were forced to clear their lines but a poor kick found Matt Sishton, who slipped a pass to skipper John Haire to crash over in the corner.

The score was now 10-10 and all was to play for; Burntwood were now having the lion’s share of possession and seemingly on their way to a special victory. However, out of nothing they allowed the opposition Number 8 to break through three tackles in mid field and touch down under the posts which resulted in an easy conversion. This was then followed by a successful penalty kick after some poor discipline at a ruck by the Burntwood pack.

This further sparked the Burntwood side into life and Nick Peplow then scored the try of the game after some brilliant individual play by Rookyard, who somehow waltzed his way through a mesmerised Wolverhampton defence before popping to Peplow. Anthony Morgan converted to set-up an unbelievable finale.

Morgan went close at the death after a fine piece of individual skill but his final chip went just beyond the dead ball line when he could possibly have passed to his right to an unmarked Sishton for what would have been the winning score.

However, even in defeat, Burntwood should be very proud of their performance from such a young side.

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