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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Burns: It’s starting to come together for Whitehaven RL

Teenage talent Jordan Burns reckons the only way is up for Whitehaven after their stunning win at Batley on Sunday.

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Jordan Burns

Burns watched from the stand last week when lifeless Haven were taken apart by North Wales Crusaders at the Recre.

But he returned to the ranks for the 30-10 victory at Mount Pleasant, and they now stand within one point of a play-off place, with four of their next five games at home.

“It was a great team effort at Batley and our defence was outstanding,” he said. “It is starting to come together and we are clicking as a team.

“It’s just that it has taken time. We are getting more determined and want to get up there and prove everyone wrong, and show we can do it.”

The former Kells kid was the youngest member of the England Academy squad last year, which includes the cream of young talent attached to Super League clubs. And Haven moved in for him when he opted to leave Warrington Wolves after tiring of constant travel.

The 18-year-old has made an encouraging start to his Haven career, and is looking to play in most games this term before nailing down a permanent place next term.

“I’m getting plenty of game time and loving it at the minute,” he added. “Centre is my main position but I’m enjoying playing wing at the minute. All the lads are great and are helping me out.”

Winger Shaun Ainscough made his first appearance for Haven at full-back against the Bulldogs and rewarded coach Dave Woods with two touch downs, including the Kingstone Press try of the week.

He beat three players before stepping inside Batley full-back Miles Greenwood to score under the posts.

Haven skipper Lee Doran and hooker James Newton were named in the Championship team of the week as was Workington Town’s Liam McAvoy.

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