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Second half show sees Burntwood RUFC secure victory at Barton-under-Needwood

Burntwood RUFC scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to earn a bonus point win against league newcomers Barton-under-Needwood.

Pic: Joanne Gough

Sean Latham’s men had the ideal start with a converted try after just three minutes but the rest of the half proved to be frustrating despite being the dominant side. In fact, it was not until halfway through the second period that they scored the points which their performance merited.

Burntwood welcomed back Danny Poole to their ranks and it was he who made the initial burst over halfway before feeding Neil Holden. The tearaway flanker beat two defenders on a run to the line for the score which was improved by Aza Dunet.

A patient build up six minutes later was almost capitalised on by Luke Rookyard but he lost his footing on the lush surface when trying to beat the last defender.

When the hosts tried to run the ball out of their own 22 they infringed but Dunet’s kick at goal was off target after ten minutes.

Pic: Joanne Gough

The visitors were playing with pace to create openings but without reward. Tom O’Brien went close but was well tackled close to the line and then Pat Bayliss couldn’t hold on to a pass from Poole as his side threatened on the home 22.

The pressure told on 15 minutes when Dunet landed a penalty goal although Barton cancelled this out eight minutes later with what proved to be their only points of the afternoon.

Dunet had another kick at goal shortly after the restart but his ambitious attempt from the left touchline was off target.

Tough defence was shown by both sides just inside Barton territory leading up to half time. Burntwood didn’t help their cause by being penalised on several occasions which hindered their momentum.

Right on the half time whistle Dunet landed a penalty goal from 35 metres to make it 13-3.

The hosts enjoyed their best spell of the game in the first ten minutes of the second period as they harried the visitors into errors. Coach Jimmy Davies re-shuffled his line up to re-establish control and it worked.

Billy Fisher seemed to have scored his side’s second try following Josh Canning’s line out possession on 56 minutes but an obstruction offence earlier in the move ruled it out.

With Poole and Rookyard in evidence in close quarter driving play, Burntwood moved further ahead with a penalty from the boot of Dunet from the home ten metre line.

Canning set up the next scoring position with a strong run to the home 22 with Poole in support. A penalty was kicked to the corner and though the line out was messy, Barton knocked on to leave them facing a five metre scrum. Poole and Latham drove for the line before scrum half Ian Jones squeezed over to make it 21-3.

With five minutes left it was Canning himself who crossed for the third try after line out possession had been moved infield and then back left to expose the home defence.

In time added on Burntwood took a Barton scrum against the put-in on the home ten metre line. Poole and Liam Latham linked before Holt made the break to send Rookyard in under the posts with a perfectly timed pass. Dunet’s conversion completed the scoring and one play later the game was over.

Burntwood 2nds hosted Stafford 2nds in a club fixture. They competed well until the latter stages when the visitors pulled away to a 50-21win.

This Saturday Burntwood continue their league programmes with the 1sts at home to Willenhall, the 2nds away to Stoke and the colts at home to Stoke for a transition fixture. All kick offs 3pm.

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