Burnham returned to winning ways after their fruitless journey to Gloucester last week by putting Stroud to the sword, showing that given the opportunity they produce some exciting rugby, so much so that for the first twenty minutes the only time Stroud entered Burnham’s half was to chase their own kickoffs. Right from the off Burnham harried and chased exerting so much pressure that it was inevitable that Stroud’s line would crack and within 20 minutes Burnham had crossed the line through Fotu Latu, Danny Spelman, Jordan Paul and Kiwi Muskett, but somewhat atypical they then went to sleep for the next 20 allowing Stroud to convert a penalty and after Burnham had been reduced to fourteen, Stroud’s loosehead prop slipped through a convenient gap to reduce the deficit to 14 points. Fortunately Burnham woke up and just before halftime Muskett cruised over to show that he was back to his predatory best.

Halftime 29-10.

Burnham started the second half determined to continue in the same vein forcing Stroud into a hurried clearance allowing Bobby Hewlett to not only start the move but to finish it.36-10.Six minutes later  another Burnham emphatic scrum enabled Latu to pick up from the base, on to Tuttiett to find a gap before releasing Hewlett, who had the audacity to point to where he wanted the support and then passed inside for Latu to charge over.41-10.Burnham’s forwards kept their foot on the throttle forcing Stroud to concede penalties and from one of these they produced a forceful catch and drive for Spelman to claim the try.48-10.Burnham’s last try was a spectacular do it yourself effort from Jordan Paul, displaying his agility.strength and pace to score from inside his own half.55-10.However credit to Stroud they kept at it and were rewarded with a last minute try, Final score 55-15.

Summing up Burnham owe most of their triumph to their rampaging forwards, both in tight and loose,and with that sort of platform they are always going to create chances. Well done Burnham.

Burnham’s next league match is away to Barton Hill on the 7th January, kickoff 2-30pm.

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