Bath victorious on Burgess debut

_79382355_amburgessbathdebutSam Burgess made his debut for Bath last night in the AVIVA Championship after his switch of codes from Rugby League to Rugby Union.

Bath beat Harlequins 25-6. Matt Banahan, Kyle Eastmond, Ross Batty and Leroy Houston all crossed the line for Bath with Ollie Devoto kicking one conversion and one penalty.

Nick Evans scoring all of Harlequins points from two penalty goals.

Burgess did start on the bench but did make his hugely anticipated debut 17 minutes from time. At this point Harlequins had Sinckler, Robson and Collier all in the sin bin.

He got straight into the action taking the ball in off another former League player Kyle Eastmond. This was one of only a few touches for the big man who was playing in the centres.

It was no surprise the former South Rabbitohs man started on the bench after the nasty fractured cheekbone he picked up in the NRL grand final last month.

Burgess hasn’t done much training as of yet at Bath which could be a reason for his limited involvement last night.

Many feel he could move into the forwards once his Union skills develop further. However his combination of pace and power could see him be a lethal free-scoring centre.

The target, many feel, is for Burgess to compete in the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup for England. If so, his fast-track to stardom in Rugby Union is now underway.

There is no doubting Sam can do it – a Dewsbury born tough nut who went on to conquer the NRL. If he only does half as much in the opposite code he will be a roaring success.

Whilst the blow is still a painful one for Rugby League Rugby Union has acquired a world class athlete who is sure to go on to make a huge impact in the coming year – or further.

For Bath and Burgess it’s Montpellier away next in the European Rugby Champions Cup next Friday.

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