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Burntwood RUFC pass points milestone in win at Eccleshall

Burntwood RUFC went past 500 points for the season with a bonus point win away to Eccleshall.

The result went the way of the form book with Sean Latham’s side third in the table against a home side enduring a tough season in last place but the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story.

The contest was made up of three distinct phases. Burntwood had the better of the first half to lead 19-0 before Eccleshall hit back with two converted tries in the third quarter. However, the visitors pulled clear with three tries in the last quarter to seal the win.

Burntwood had the ideal start to open the scoring after just two minutes. Rob Jones fielded a clearance kick on halfway to begin a counter attack. Owen Rookyard and Neil Holden made ground to take play close to the home line. The forwards arrived in numbers and Adam Black forced his way over for a try converted by Aza Dunet.

With all the play in home territory the second score was not long in coming. The forwards featured again with Luke Rookyard going close before Josh Canning stretched over the line to touch down. Dunet added the extras for 14-0.

A disjointed spell of play from both sides was broken in the 31st minute when Luke Rookyard fielded a kick near halfway. He ran diagonally across to the right to feed Brett Taylor. He straightened the attack into the 22 then fed Lloyd Dunet who stretched out of a tackle for a try in the corner.

The bonus point try almost came from a concerted effort by the forwards who took play from halfway to the home five metre line but a foot in touch denied them to leave the score unchanged at the break.

The second period opened with determined play by the hosts. They drove close to the try line to earn a five metre scrum. After several drives for the line they finally got over by the posts for a converted try after 47 minutes.

Eccleshall’s pressure up to the hour mark was only relieved by one attack from Burntwood which ended in a harshly judged forward pass.

With the hosts opting for a five metre scrum from a penalty award, the No. 8 got over the line but was held up. From the next scrum the same player drove again but this time the ball was slipped to the scrum half who wriggled over for a converted try and it was game on.

With 68 minutes gone Ben Holt found a good touch near the left corner from a penalty award. The line out was won and the catch and drive ended with L Rookyard scoring his side’s fourth try. A Dunet’s conversion attempt went in off the post for 26-14.

The result was effectively decided within two minutes of the restart. Holt’s deep kick saw Holden up quickly to tackle the man in possession to knock the ball free. The winger was on his feet first to gain possession and run to the line for the try.

Eccleshall forced the visitors into defending their own line from a series of forward drives close to the final whistle. Scrambling defence held them up before L Rookyard broke clear to turn the tide.

Once the ball was back in the home half, a handling error was seized on by Tom O’Brien who fended off the last defender for a try from 30 metres. A Dunet’s successful conversion was the final act of the game.

The 2nd XV’s fixture with Stafford 2nds was called off due to an unplayable pitch.

This Saturday Burntwood host Edwardians for a league match – kick off 2.15 pm. The 2nds and 3rds are also due to be in action against Newport 3rds (A) and Stafford 3rds (H).

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