Blackburn 69
Whitehaven 12

BLACKBURN ran in ten tries as they kept their promotion hopes alive with a crushing win over Whitehaven at Ramsgreave Drive.

Matt Hughes, Sean Hall and Lee Acton all landed a couple of tries each with the Cumbrian outfit having no answer to 'Burn's rampant attacking prowess.

It was sweet revenge for Blackburn, who lost out narrowly in the corresponding fixture earlier this season and the victory also saw them secure a precious bonus point to keep them in touch with the top two.

It was all one-way traffic from the moment Sam Morgan slotted home a penalty kick from 30 metres out in the first minute.

Blackburn's did not have to wait long for their first try either, with Hughes going over and Morgan kicking the conversion.

Shortly afterwards, Hall dived low to score, with Burn easing into a 15-0 lead in no time at all.

Whitehaven's cause was not helped when they had a man sent to the sin bin for a high tackle and and Mark Briggs made them pay again as he stretched out an arm to touch the ball down on the line to score.

Morgan converted for the two extra points.

'Burn secured their bonus point when they went over for their fourth try on the stroke of half-time.

Sam Parkinson set up the offensive, and the forwards drove on before the ball was released to Mark Maher, who dummied to score by the posts.

Morgan converted again to extend Blackburn's lead to 29-0 at the interval.

The try feast continued in the second half too, with Owen McDermott creating the opening for Acton, who had enough speed to beat the retreating players to the line. Morgan added the two extra points.

Whitehaven got their first points on the board with a try and a conversion, but 'Burn turned up the heat again two minutes later when Josh Thundercliffe barged his way through the defence to set up Hall, and from the off-load he crashed over again. Morgan converted to push the score to 43-7.

It was surely only a matter of time before Blackburn scored their seventh try of the contest, such was their complete dominance.

It came from a line out on the half way line, and this time Hall turned provider for Rick Maudsley, who made no mistake from close in.

Nine minutes later, Acton landed his second try of the game and Morgan converted again to leave the visitors facing one of their heaviest defeats of the season.

Another high tackle saw Whitehaven with a man down again for the final stages, and once again 'Burn needed no second invitation as Hughes gathered the ball to score and Morgan kicking the two extra points.

Burn's final try came with four minutes left, Jack Campbell speeding over the whitewash after terrific work by Hall, Anton Garcia and Owen McDermott.

Sam Morgan's conversion was his eighth of the match as well as kicking a penalty, taking his match tally to an impressive nineteen points.

Whitehaven grabbed a consolation try at the end but the scoreline reflected the gulf between the two teams on the day.

Blackburn are on the road this weekend when they lock horns with already relegated Workington