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Yatton Scorers - Tries L Chambers; Pen G Osborne

Youngbloods in reshaped Yatton 1st XV on first league game learning curve

Ten of last seasons colts, made up the bulk of Yattons 1st XV, and learned a few lessons from this first game of the league, away against a fairly young but well seasoned, experienced and drilled side. Burnhams game plan, directed by their stocky five seasons player coach, was simple and effective - win the ball and as much ground as possible with the pack showing no compromise, getting away with what you can and clean ball with space to the back division.

The weather was a day for running rugby with a varying stiff breeze across the pitch. Understandably the normal first pitch could not be used because of the adjacent cricket match so it suited to have a legitimate reason to move to the reserve pitch, where the longer grass helped forward play.

A good home crowd of summer time supporters were impressed to see Burnhams opening rolling maul try after only 5 minutes and that the home side had effectively set out their stall.

Yatton tried to settle and each side traded a penalty conversion before the midfield game really opened up with Yatton visiting Burnhams try line with their speed merchants on at least two occasions, but both were stopped by a herding defence when a change of angle may have created the necessary confusion.

With ten minutes to go before half time the stop start game, due to hard ground injuries and some fierce tackling, a numerical advantage was given to the home side when a yellow card was issued to the visitors and Burnhams second try came from a copy book 5 yard line out take and drive seconds before the whistle. Halftime score 13-3.

Yattons constant battle was to contain Burnhams drilled driving or rolling mauls. The lineouts were largely even along with the scrums, but sufficient damage was done in the scrums for the home side to slew them sideways and disrupt exit of the oppositions ball.

Forwards weight and drive in midfield won Burnham their third try and bolstered by a good margin in the score line confidence in the backs claimed the fourth. (There was then a comical break for 7 minutes while everyone stood around waiting for a ball).

After that unfortunate disruption Yattons back line showed what they could do and created space, replacement ex- colt Liam Chambers finished off a break down the wing, claiming Yatton 1st XVs first try of this season.

Seconds before the final whistle Burnhams coach organised a midfield power breakthrough and the resulting try was the only one of the match to be converted.

This Saturday is Yatton 1st XVs initial home league match of the season against last seasons tough act Cirencester, who would have easily obtained promotion if not for adminsrative deductions!. Yatton 2nd XV travel to meet Wellingtons 2nd XV while the 3rd XV are home entertaining St Bernadettes 3rds.

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