Burn­hill too hot to han­dle for Stour

The Rugby Paper - - National League 2 North - By NICK DOYLE

OT­LEY downed a spir­ited Stour­bridge side, scor­ing four unan­swered tries in the first half.

They opened the scor­ing af­ter a Stour­bridge penalty did not find touch in Ot­ley’s half, Cameron Burn­hill run­ning 50 me­tres and gath­er­ing his own long kick to score.

Their sec­ond try be­gan with Jack Mackie spin­ning down the right-hand flank, the ball mov­ing across with Burn­hill go­ing over again.

Stour­bridge kicked off again, Ot­ley mov­ing the ball wide in their 22 be­fore Stephen Nol­son sprinted to the other end.

He was tack­led just be­fore the line, but his mo­men­tum car­ried him over. Their fourth try came af­ter 33 min­utes when Ben Smith put a penalty into the cor­ner.

The pack crabbed their way to­wards the posts be­fore re­leas­ing the backs, Joe Rown­tree div­ing over with Smith get­ting his third con­ver­sion.

In the sec­ond half, Stour­bridge played with more pur­pose. And they got their first try when Jack Spencer went over. They re­duced the deficit fur­ther when Chris Scott sent the ball deep into Ot­ley’s 22. Ot­ley gave away a penalty, which was taken quickly and Ian Run­dle scored with Rickie Aley con­vert­ing.

But Ot­ley made the game safe, Paul Petchey go­ing over.

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