Man of the Match winner v Nottingham – run, rabbit, run

Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run
Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run
Bang, bang, bang, bang goes the farmer’s gun
Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run, run

Flanagan & Allen – Run, Rabbit

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Man of the Match poll for the game against Nottingham at the weekend.

The result is an interesting one in that the winner, Ryan Burrows, achieved the highest percentage vote of any of the MofM polls conducted since they first started in the blog some four seasons ago, a testament to his performance on the day.

The results were as follows:

Player                      % of vote
Ryan Burrows       61
James Gibbons     15
Phil Boulton           7
Luke Wallace         5

Congratulations, then, go to Ryan Burrows, with honourable mentions to James Gibbons, Phil Boulton and Luke Wallace.

(Photo courtesy of John Coles)

His was another barnstorming performance and in what was otherwise very much a team effort, one that had the sponsors and supporters in total agreement, something that isn’t always the case by any means.

Burrows has been Mr Consistent this season. He arrived at the BPA over the summer from Newcastle Falcons on a 3 year contract, with a reputation as a ‘ball carrying no 8’ with a ‘robust defence’.

And he hasn’t disappointed.

And just importantly, Rowland Winter knew he would also be a leader out on the pitch, something which perhaps had been missing a little in the past couple of seasons, taking nothing away from the likes of Phil Boulton and Heath Stevens.

It was no surprise that he was soon captaining the side and more often than not he has led by example, as we saw on Saturday with a couple of those rampaging runs which create such chaos in the opposition defences.

As captain, he can often be seen having a quiet word with the referee, asking for clarification or putting his point across. As a player, I imagine that’s exactly what you want to see from you captain…

The past 12 months or so haven’t been the easiest for Ryan Burrows on a personal level, so I sincerely hope that the move to Cov and the success that both he and the club are enjoying at the moment is proving just the fillip he needs.

When he arrived at the club he talked about his desire to get back into the Premiership with Cov…in three years time, well anything can happen.

I was very  pleased to see James Gibbons (who got my vote) and Phil Boulton also get some recognition in the poll for their part in the destruction of the Nottingham scrum. It’s been a long time since we’ve been so dominant, so long in fact I’m not sure I can remember when the opposition scrums were last mullered with quite such regularity.


Look closely and you can see in John Coles’ photo above that the Notts front row have gone down, with Kessell pointing it out to the ref who already has whistle to mouth as Burrows looks on. I’m not sure whether this particular scrum led to a reset or a Cov pen, but the Nottingham scrum had a torrid time all afternoon.

Gibbons’ and Boulton’s contributions might not have caught the eye as much as Burrows’ did, but the two of them were immense out there and thoroughly deserve the recognition.

‘Run, Rabbit’ is a bit tenuous I know but, well, rabbits and burrows…?

And besides, as we saw on Saturday, Burrows can indeed ‘run, run, run’.


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