Away vs Burnside

Round 2

15th July 2017 - 2.45

Venue : Burnside 1

Result : 27 - 10

Match Report

At Burnside Park: New Brighton 27 (Nathan Vella, Scott Allin, Billy Harmon tries; Stefan Moir 3 conv, 2 pen) beat Burnside 10 (Jacob Saunders try; Ruberawiri Peina conv, pen). HT: 6-10. Referee: Jeremy McAllister.

New Brighton will breathe a sigh of relieve after breaking a six-game losing streak with a hard-fought 27-10 win over Burnside.

They have struggled this season with injuries although the club RDO, Roddy Butt, was looking at the positives. “It’s good going forward with the number of young guys that have played senior rugby this season”

Scott Allin is one of those players. He had a “man of the match” performance according to coach Scott Pawson and scored a try. “He has been a real find. He normally plays in the midfield but I made the call to play him on the wing today,” Pawson said when referring to the former Colts second-five.

Burnside led 10-6 at the break although the score didn’t indicate the dominance that the home side had in the first 40min. The New Brighton defence was strong with the Canterbury trio of Billy Harmon, Nathan Vella and Feleti Kaitu’u being prominent.

An early Stefan Moir penalty gave the visitors the lead, but it was Burnside who scored the opening try after a 30m break in midfield from Blake West in the 12th minute. West was tackled just 2m short of the Brighton line, but Burnside recycled quickly and first-five Jacob Saunders dived over.

Burnside continued to apply pressure on New Brighton throughout the last 25min of the first half, but resolute defence from the seasiders kept Burnside at bay until Ruberawiri Peina kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time to add to his earlier conversion.

New Brighton looked like a different side in the second spell with their forward pack starting to control the game. They scored two tries in the opening 10min turning a four-point deficit into a 10-point lead.

Nathan Vella had a try just 1min into the second half after a 20m rolling maul got New Brighton on the front foot. Kaitu’u was tackled just short of the line before Vella managed to get across with a little help from his forwards.

Allin then had his try. Again a strong scrum from New Brighton 5m out saw Burnside back-tracking then 1m short of the line Brighton halfback Kieran Le Beau picked the ball up from the base and handed off to the wing who crashed over next to the posts.

The icing on the cake came with 5min to play when Harmon intercepted a pass on the 40m line and ran away to score under the posts and put the result beyond doubt.

For New Brighton, Harmon was strong again. He scored a try, secured turnovers and made plenty of metres for the seasiders. Allin was also strong on the wing and deserved his try. He proved difficult to stop with the ball. Kaleb Hunt-Wheeler also had a strong game in midfield running hard at the Burnside line.

West had a good game for Burnside and set up Burnside’s try. Mitch Cooke was also strong for the home side. The kicking game in the first half from Peina was also very good forcing New Brighton to work hard inside their own 22m.

Hawkins Medal (MVP): Billy Harmon (New Brighton) 3, Scott Allin (New Brighton) 2, Blake West (Burnside) 1

Glenn Matthews