MISSING Konczyski, Hadwin, Green, Cleary and Robinson, Kirkby knew they were in for a tough afternoon against second placed Burnage who will probably get promotion.
The Park was a hive of activity with the club’s festival of mini rugby in full swing and every square inch, apart from the first team pitch, utilised for matches, stalls and amusements.
Burnage, a big powerful side, soon got the ball down to the Kirkby line where it seemed they might get a pushover try. Kirkby held them out but following a long maul Hewitt came off the back to score and Raikes converted to give them an early lead. The Kirkby forwards kept playing a short driving game and Burnage gave away another penalty but again this was not on target.
Burnage have one of the most powerful back lines in the league and a sweeping move saw left wing Kornecki go over in the corner.
The Kirkby forward now got on top for a 20 minute spell and though looking as if they must score Burnage held them out, and then in one of their breakouts a clever move with winger Knight getting into space scored midway out.
Kirkby had one more chance with a penalty but Close’s kick hit the post and though gathered by McLoud, Kirkby could not get over the line for Burnage to lead 0–17 at half-time.
A long drop out by J Akrigg saw the Burnage full-back block the ball with his foot and then watch in horror as his team mate picked it up in front of him. This time Close made no mistake and 3–17 got Kirkby on the score board.
Burnage kept moving the ball and Squires was unlucky not to intercept when the ball nudged forward.
Despite some late ditch tackling the Burnage backs were now in full flow and three more tries all converted got them to 50 and improved their chance of promotion.