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Bonus point win boosts Burntwood RUFC’s league position

Burntwood joined the early pacesetters in the league with a bonus point win at home against Yardley & District.

They secured the extra point before half time with a dominant performance up front which brought four tries.

They also discovered a new place kicker in Aza Dunet who contributed three penalty goals and two conversions to Burntwood’s total.

The visitors were first off the mark with a penalty before Dunet levelled with his first successful kick. Yardley then scored the first try of the afternoon only for Burntwood to reply with a penalty try when their attempt at a pushover try was illegally stopped. Dunet converted.

Another pushover attempt by the hosts proved unstoppable and it was Jack Neal who touched down for a lead of 15-8.

Yardley stayed in the game with their second try but a burst of 15 unanswered points put Burntwood well clear at the break. Dunet landed a penalty before converting tries by Ben Holt and skipper Rob Cartwright. Holt’s try came from a charged down kick and Cartwright finished off a well-controlled rolling maul by the forwards.

The second period proved to be a let down compared to the first. With the visitors losing two players to the sin bin, scrums went uncontested for a spell and the game lost its shape and pattern. Nick Peplow also spent ten minutes on the touchline for Burntwood.

During the uncontested period, Yardley reduced the arrears with a try. The only second half score for the hosts came from Dunet with a penalty five minutes from the end.

Nevertheless, the coaching team were happy with the performance of the side whose average age overall was 24 and just 19 in the back division.

With Burntwood being given a bye in the First Round of the RFU Senior Vase Competition they are without a confirmed fixture this Saturday. The 2nds are in the fixture pool and the Development XV host Handsworth 3rds.

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