Burton Match Report

On the day when Johnny Ure made his debut and became the 25th player this season to play for the lions and the 1st XV, The Street produced a sterling first half defensive display that established the platform for a dominate 2nd half.

A much changed and strengthened Burton team came determined to reverse the narrow victory the Broadstreet boys had earlier in the season at Burton. They played with the wind and for the first 30 mins dominated the possession only to be met with an impenetrable red wall. As the 1st half moved into the last 15 mins and the Street starting to work their way into the game they forged an opportunity from a line out just outside their 22m. From the resulting maul Chris Easton set Ollie Cregg up for a superb run down the flank only to be stopped just short of the line and the defender to carry the ball over to touch down. From the resulting scrum the Street bombarded the away defence and on the fifth phase of play George Walsh bulldozed over. Dale Glover slotted the conversion (7-0). Burton quickly regained possession from the restart and from a clever little grubber kick which was collected by their centre they passed out wide for them to go over in the corner. The last action of the half was the Burton conversion. HT 7-7.

After the break the Street, now playing with the wind, moved into an aggressive attacking mode. On 43 mins a lovely move showed their intentions. Tony Worthington stole a lineout leading to a superb driving maul that when the ball came out was moved wide with a defence splitting pass by Cliffie Hodgson for Dale Glover to gallop into the opposing 22 before being stopped. The resulting phase saw Liam Munro charge over the whitewash and the conversion was made. (14-7). A let off followed in the 47th min went the Burton winger dropped the ball after crossing the line and the Street made them pay when on 60 mins a dominate scrum just inside the Street half led to the ball being worked out to Andy Murray who broke into the 22m where Chris Easton picked up and ran in. The conversion followed. (21-7)

On 26 mins Burton got back into a game with a 5m lineout and driving maul leading to their hooker going over (21 – 12). The street responded with their Bonus try on 30 mins where another break by Andy Murray led to a ruck where the ball was passed wide for Mikey Ryan to go over just 5 minutes after coming off the bench. (26-12). The Street added to their score when on 38min they disrupted the tiring Burton scrum that led to scrappy ball into the backs which was turned over by Cliffie Hodgson. When the ball came out of the ruck a short pass gave Adam Carey the easiest of run ins. The extra points were added. (33-12). Burton did not give up and in the last play scored a converted try FT 33-19

The winning run continues, built once again from an impressive defensive foundation, and this week the boys added the bonus point. Next week, a rest week, allows Cliffie the opportunity to rest some players and give others game time in the Lions team who play Derby at home before the 1st XV play them themselves the following week away. Exciting times!!

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