Great day out for the team, some excellent rugby and all for a good cause!
Burnham senior team entered into the Essex Charity 7s, which had been set-up to support Injured Players Foundation and Mental Health UK. With teams turning up from Brighton, universities as well as some senior Essex and London sides this was more than just a fun day out! Burnham under new team captain Chris Kelly went with a squad of 16 players, and one or two supporters determined to play some good rugby and support a very worthwhile cause. The first game was against Brighton university, and in what proved to be a very entertaining match, Brighton just came out winners 31-26 The second game was against Anglia Ruskin University (was there a conspiracy theory developing that we were playing all the university sides??). Burnham having trained for the event didn't over commit to the rucks, leaving a string defensive position with some strong tackling to back it up. Possession was now key, and Burnham started to see more of the ball, using that attacking line to great effect, before shipping to the speedsters to open their legs. Result, Burnham on top with a well deserved 42-15 win. The next game was against a Basildon side who are playing at a much more senior level. In fact they had looked the team to beat having swept all the previous teams aside. The opening minutes didn't bode well, and Basildon quickly notched up a try. Now at this point it would have been easy to capitulate, but the team rallied, changed tactics moving their forwards into positions which sucked in the Basildon defence. This created the opportunity and the team celebrated a great try..Game on! The game was played with passion by both sides, and Basildon never looked comfortable against the Burnham team. The final score favoured Basildon 22-12, but afterwards the Basildon were quick to acknowledge this could have gone either way. Overall the team did themselves proud, showing commitment and effort, and this is a credit to the training, numbers and work of coach Paul Smith. A great result, and Burnham are now entered into the Braintree 7s in August.