Burlington Centaurs RFC continued their winning ways on the weekend with wins against the Hamilton Hornets for both the 2nd XV and 1st XV. Beautiful conditions at Sherwood Forest made for an entertaining open game in the second XV fixture which would see the 2nd XV prevail I their 3rd league game by a score of 29 – 17, scoring 5 tries in the process to secure a bonus point victory.. Taking advantage of good set piece play early in the first half the Centaurs built pressure in the Hamilton end early on resulting in a nice overlap execution with Callum Sharp still having some work to do crossing in the left hand corner to put the Burlington boys 5-0 up. Sharp continued his excellent play throughout the half making yards at every opportunity and putting the Centaurs on the front foot. However, an untimely interception led to a Hamilton try from 80 yards out which was converted leaving the Centaurs with a 7-5 deficit half way through the first half. Strong play by the front row and Captain Zach Dundas in the second half would bring the Centaurs back into the game with the captain breaking the line to score early in the second half. This would be marred however by a yellow card on the same play for both Dundas and the Hamilton player who followed through after the touch down leading to a few fisty cuffs after. Further yellow cards for the Centaurs would follow leaving them down to 12 men at one point however this adversity was matched by a determination to win even short-handed and the Centaurs would use all the tools in their bag to pull out a further 3 tries in the second half to run out comfortable winners 29 -17.
Burlington Centaurs 1st XV continued their winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought victory against local rivals the Hamilton Hornets at Sherwood Forest park. A healthy crowd of 300+ people showed up to take in the local derby anticipating an old fashioned rugby battle and they would not leave disappointed.. The Centaurs took an early lead after a sprightly start with winger Zach Shurtless crossing in the corner after good play from the Centaurs pack created an overlap which he accepted with glee to touch down in the left hand corner. The try was converted Waterdown High alumni Brendan Bryan, who went on to kick almost flawlessly throughout the afternoon. The Hornets would reply with a penalty after Burlington indiscipline in front of their own posts but Bryan would repay the favour 5 minutes later with a penalty of his own to make the score 10-3. Hamilton though would build the pressure towards the end of the first half and were rewarded with a try late on to leave the teams tied at 10-10 at the half. The Centaurs were dominating the set piece winning lineout ball at will and pushing around the Hamilton pack in the scrums in a reversal of this fixture last year. Further, referee Thomas Krebbs allowed the players to express themselves with a liberal performance creating an entertaining contest where the players would decide the outcome. However, those efforts were to be in vain as solid pay by the Centaurs forward pack was not capitalised upon by the Burlington back line who made too many unforced errors. Coach Jonny Goldie introduced 3 replacements at the half time mark in an effort to kick start his teams rather lethargic performance and it told early on as a catch and drive play from a lineout in the Hamilton 22 would result in Nathan Bryan touching down on the right side. 15 – 10 Centaurs. A further penalty from slightly shorter brother Brendan Bryan would increase the Centaurs lead to 18 – 10. A yellow card for replacement 2nd row Darryl Kletke for diving over the ruck would heap the pressure on a young Centaurs side however and this pressure told as the Hornets moved the ball left to provide a score for their left winger to close the gap to 18 – 15. Intense Hamilton efforts at the end to find the winning score fell just short though and Centaurs were glad to hear the final whistle on a somewhat disjointed performance although they can be proud of their 3 and 0 record so far, and satisfied with a huge set piece performance by the young Burlington forward pack which bodes well for future games. Final score: Burlington Centaurs 18 – Hamilton Hornets 15.