Burnhams domination capped by watkins’s performance

Another solid display by burnham on the road who are still undefeated in 2013, a late cry off by burnhams ever present centre rich kiwi muskett due to a hair appointment meant a first team call up to young alex watkins who would make his first team debut at full back and what a debut it turned out to be, not only was he solid under the high ball but also set up 3 of the 4 tries scored, not even his dad could of foreseen such a remarkable faultless performance.

Burnhams fowards were again in typical rampant fashion dominating at set piece and in the loose, with young henry bigwood at the front of some of the destruction in his first start at flanker for the first team and another player who showed promise in a new position.

The first 15 minutes burnham had squandered at least 15-20 points through dropped passes and failing to use the overlaps that were created so it took alex watkins to help break the deadlock with a devastating run from just inside his own half, he caught the ball on the full and burst through the covering defence to take the ball into the oppositions 22 where he passed the ball to rio cooper who finished it off in the corner, piper converted to take the score to 0-7.
It didnt take long until alex was again involved in the next move with quins trying to relieve the pressure with kick out of their own half alex caught the ball in his half before a classy break saw him release jordy paul who showed his skill and pace to out sprint the cover defence to score. piper conv 0-14
Against the run of play through burnhams own mistakes, harlequins worked their way down to burnhams line to score a try of their own in the corner. With halftime approaching it would seem the reasonable thing to do would be to see out the half and get back into it after halftime but burnhams forwards had other plans with a strong chase from the kick off burnhams forwards managed to be rewarded with a scrum on quins’s 5 metre line where the inevitable happened and were awarded a penalty try (this was burnhams 13th pushover of the season).
halftime 21-5

The second half was the same as the first with burnhams back at their devasting best, from a set piece move the ball found its way out to watkins who drew in the defender to release captain Russ pike who turned the clock back and showed his strength and pace to round 3 defenders and score by the posts, piper conv 28-5.
With burnham taking their foot off the gas quins made in roads down the slope to get a consolation try towards the end of the game but with some stout defence in the last few minutes burnham saw out the game and to collect maximum points.

A great team performance along with some superb individual displays in Alex watkins, Joe osgood, Stu blake, Henry bigwood and Ross mckeckhan. With these peformances Burnham showed that even though they were missing “key players” that they can still peform at the highest level and in alex watkins and ben stacey who have come up through the colts it shows that burnhams future is bright.

Next week burnham are away to avon where they will be doing their bit for charity in their annual £10 charity challenge. 


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