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Match report: Burnham 22, Bristol Harlequins 27
9:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Sport Latest
Western Counties North
Burnham 22, Bristol Harlequins 27
A RUN of four consecutive defeats is sparking some concern in the Burnham camp after they fell to defeat at home to Bristol Harlequins on Saturday.
The visitors played hard physical rugby with a strong front row which, at times, dominated the once-formidable Burnham scrum along with more aggression at breakdowns and in tackles.
From this, they managed to score a pushover try, albeit Burnham were down to seven in the scrum because of yet another yellow card. This added to an intercept try and one at the start of the game where Burnham failed to wake up from the whistle and their fourth try was straight after the kick-off in the second when Burnham failed to learn their lesson from the first half.
Burnham attacked and kept going to the end – the glimpses of old are still there for everyone to see.
The first of Burnham’s tries came through strong direct running and good phase play by hooker Mike Hocking smashing his way over.
Then, with probably the best try of the match, Burnham showed their counter-attacking flair with a clearance kick and Jordan Paul ran a dummy line; Tim Piper spun the ball out to captain fantastic Russ Pike who offloaded to Richard Muskett to cross the line.
Then, with the final passage of play, Pike had the final say and dive over by the posts and with Piper adding the extras to give Burnham a losing bonus point.
l On Saturday, the team travel to Cirencester. A coach leaves at 11.30am from the rugby club.
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