Chester 63 Burnage 13
CHESTER demolished Burnage to remain hot on the heels of leaders Harrogate.
The Hare Lane outfit scored eight tries as they racked up their eighth bonus point win of the season.
No team has scored more or conceded less points than Chester in National League Three North. But they remain two points behind Harrogate after the Yorkshiremen continued their 100% winning start.
The top two go head-to-head later this month. But first up for Chester is a trip to Kendal on Saturday (2pm).
Head coach Nic Corrigan said: “We just need to keep winning to keep on the heels of Harrogate.”
Last Saturday’s Burnage clash was watched by a number of former Chester players. They could not have failed to be impressed by the fast-flowing rugby played by Corrigan’s side.
Pete Rees opened the try scoring after Lloyd Hayes slotted over a penalty. From the restart, Chester drove back into the heart of the away team’s belligerent defence and second-row Ross White – who is returning to his best form – powered over the line.
Hayes kicked the conversion, repeated the trick after White touched down for his second try, and then knocked over another penalty to give the hosts a 25-6 half-time lead.
The one-way traffic continued after the restart. Hooker Liam Gill intercepted a poor pass to scamper 40 yards to score before flying winger Tom Evans skipped through a tackle on his was to crossing the whitewash.
Burnage’s woes worsened when they had a man sent off. Coming at a time when they already had another player in the sin-bin, Chester were ruthlessly efficient in punishing their 13-man Mancunian opponents.
Tom Foden scored two superb tries while home debutant Paul Sherlock – whose hard work and diligence has impressed the coaching team – finished off a stunning 15-man move.
Hayes kicked the three conversions to end the game with 23 points.
Chester have signed a highly rated tighthead prop who has been playing in Australia. But Wesley Malton, 24, will have a fight on his hands to get into the team given the form of Gav Hughes, who Corrigan hailed as ‘outstanding’ against Burnage.
Christleton continued their stunning form on Saturday when they stormed to an 89-7 victory at home to Stockport 4ths. Chester 2nds lost 42-25 at Sedgley Park 2nds while Helsby went down 17-11 at Linley.