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20th May, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Alcester RFC claim bonus point win against Burbage

ALCESTER RFC secured a sixth consecutive win with a bonus point 24-7 victory as they exacted revenge on Burbage.

 

Captain Max Biltcliffe crossed for two tries with Oscar Holland and Alex Chiles also dotting down for the home side.

 

The result means Alcester sit third in the Midlands 3 West (South) table, 10 points behind the division’s leading two sides.

 

And Alcester were out for revenge on Burbage who won the reverse fixture in Leicestershire in the early stages of the season.

 

Burbage missed two early penalty attempts in muddy and heavy conditions underfoot as the game remained scoreless for the opening half an hour.

 

However, Biltcliffe broke the deadlock when he crashed over the line to add to his season’s tally with Ed Gough successfully kicking the conversion.

 

And Alcester looked set to score a second try soon after only for the referee to call a forward pass as Lewis Walker raced away towards the line.

 

The visitors responded minutes before half time when a bouncing ball went beyond the Alcester defence to send the teams into the break level at seven apiece.

 

Alcester came racing out of the blocks in the second period and reclaimed the lead when Holland crossed the whitewash with Gough converting.

 

And the home side extended their lead when substitute Chiles added Alcester’s third try with the tricky conversion going narrowly wide.

 

Persistent offside then resulted in Burbage being reduced to 14-men before an off the ball scuffle saw each team brandished with another yellow card which meant the game finished 14 against 13.

 

And Alcester made their advantage count when Biltcliffe dived over for the bonus point try and his eighth of the season after Ant Cauvin produced a superb offload from the ground.

 

Alcester return to action against Coventry Welsh on Saturday, January 29 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Burbages Lane.

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