9:19am Wednesday 12th March 2014
By Ross McLean
FLY-HALF Dave Barton believes Kirkby Lonsdale’s performance in the mammoth victory over Liverpool St. Helens highlights the quality of rugby currently on show at Underley Park.
The 27-year-old crossed the line twice as Kirkby ran in a total of 11 tries while beating the Merseyside outfit 70-12 – easily their biggest victory margin this season.
And with Kirkby’s start to the game a complete contrast to that at Leigh the week before, Barton admits such a high octane showing has been on the cards.
“We used to put big scores on the board in the lower leagues but we’ve never had a win like that at this level before,” he said.
“It goes to show how far we’ve come and it definitely showcases all that is good about Kirkby rugby at the minute.
“Everything went right for us and we really wanted to put right the poor start we had down at Leigh. We just came out the blocks firing and they couldn’t cope with us.
“Liverpool St. Helens may be struggling a little bit at the moment but they only just missed out on promotion last season so are no fools.
“We were really chuffed with the way we played. We knew this sort of performance was in us, it was just a case of waiting for it to happen.”
Eager to add to the 120 points scored in their previous two matches, Kirkby’s next fixture is at Broughton Park a week on Saturday.
And while the break interrupts Kirkby’s recent try-scoring form, Barton concedes the enforced break does afford players the opportunity to re-charge their batteries.
“The backs are finishing tries well but the forwards are creating the chances – we get the glory but they do all the hard work,” he added.
“Young colt Ryan Terry played really well and is coming on great guns, he hits the line at pace and is so strong for a young lad.
“We’re playing well and have scored a lot of points in the last two games. It’s a bit of a shame we cannot keep the form going with a game this weekend.
“However, it will be good to chill out for a bit before getting back to training and focusing on winning our last four games.”
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