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Win keeps Burntwood RUFC hot on the heels of league leaders

Burntwood RUFC remain in touch with the league leaders following a six try win which completed the double over Edwardians.

They led 13-0 after 22 minutes and remained at least two scores ahead for the rest of the contest despite going down to 14 for ten minutes in the second half due to a yellow card for Adam Black.

Luke Rookyard seemed to have scored the first try early on but was deemed to have knocked the ball on in grounding Ben Holt’s crossfield kick. However, his side was playing a penalty advantage and so the ball was brought back for the kick at goal which Aza Dunet converted for 3-0.

A midfield tussle for supremacy ensued until a high tackle presented Dunet with a second penalty attempt but this time his kick slid left of the target.

From the 22 drop out Owen Rookyard and Holt made ground to keep play in the Edwardians’ half. A clearance kick was run back by Tom O’Brien to set up a maul on the visitors’ 22. Scrum half Brett Taylor shot through a gap to race clean away to the line near the clubhouse corner for an unconverted try.

Taylor was involved in the next try on 22 minutes. Skipper Sean Latham began the attack with a strong run through centrefield before Taylor sniped his way right to send a long pass out to Owen Rookyard who touched down near the corner flag.

Edwardians reduced the arrears with a penalty shortly after the restart but the hosts went in for their third try on the half hour mark. Sean Brennan stole possession at an Edwardians’ line out to set his forwards on a drive close to the visitors’ try line. They conceded a penalty which was kicked to the corner. Josh Canning’s line out take was driven over for Luke Rookyard to touch down. Dunet converted for 20-3.

Edwardians hit back with a good attack into the home half which eventually produced a successful penalty attempt to leave the half time score 20-6.

Both sides conceded penalties in the frantic first ten minutes of the second period until Burntwood scored the best try of the afternoon on 53 minutes.

Having won a scrum turnover, a neat move between Holt and Owen Rookyard took play in behind the visitors’ defence across the 22. Rookyard linked with Dunet who popped the ball out of a tackle for winger Neil Holden to run round by the posts for the try converted by Dunet.

A series of penalties against them cost the hosts the services of Black for ten minutes from the 63rd minute and Edwardians were quick to capitalise with the referee awarding them a penalty try which was converted for 27-13.

Burntwood survived further pressure until the visitors infringed and the ball was cleared close to halfway.

Good phase play by the forwards had the opposition back peddling. When they conceded a penalty, Holt kicked to the left corner and a tried and trusted line out move saw Luke Rookyard add to his impressive tally of tries for the season with his second of the game.

Errors deep in defence at the restart presented Edwardians with a scrum five metres out. The initial tackles were solid enough but the visitors finally squeezed over in the clubhouse corner for their second try.

The hosts still had the final say with time almost up. A penalty award was kicked to the left corner to set up a catch and drive which Black finished off with a try converted by Dunet.

The 2nd XV enjoyed a home win against Stafford 3rds.

The 1st XV have a week off league rugby now before beginning a tough run of three away leagues at Handsworth on March 4, Harborne on the March 11 and then league leaders Ludlow on March 25.

This Saturday, the 2nds are due to play away to St Leonards and the 3rds are away to Barton 2nds.

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