BURTON will enjoy home advantage in Saturday’s crucial Division One play-off against Derby after thrashing Barkers Butts 60-0.
The Crofters knew any victory at Butts would see Peel Croft named as the play-off venue – and the visitors achieved their goal in style.
Sam Benjamin celebrated six tries while Dewi Williams scored a brace in the thumping away win.
Burton were soon on the attack, and with a little less selfishness could have had their first try early on.
It took 10 minutes for the visitors to get on the scoreboard, with Williams touching down for an unconverted score.
A beautiful piece of play, which started on the right wing, led to Burton’s next try, finished off om the opposite flank by Benjamin. Darryl Banton converted.
Confusion among the scoreboard operators had Butts leading 12-0, but on the field it was the Crofters who were dominant.
Burton then won a scrum against the head which led to the next try, scored by Jono Parkinson. The conversion attempt failed to dissect the uprights.
Crossing from Butts then gave Burton a penalty. A good drive from the subsequent line-out meant Will Roach was able to make valuable yards.
With Joe Gazzard on for Tom Harris, a textbook line-out followed as Burton built through the phases.
A clever grubber kick put pressure on the Butts defence and gave the hosts another line-out.
Unfortunately the throw was not straight, but another wonky line-out gave Burton the put-in at the scrum.
Momentum was lost however when Will Roach, playing at No8, knocked on.
With 35 minutes on the clock, a breakaway from Lawrence Betty preceded an exquisite inside pass to Benjamin.
The backs were then involved before Williams scored under the posts, with Banton adding the extras.
A good catch from Harry Titley and a storming run up the right wing then put Benjamin in for his second try of the afternoon, converted by Banton.
The half-time score read 31-0 in Burton’s favour, and it almost got even better straight after the restart,
Following a knock-on and then a penalty, Banton took a quick tap and raced up the blind-side, but was pushed into touch.
Burton were then forced to soak up some pressure and held up a maul to win a scrum.
A penalty for crossing gifted Butts possession. But an interception from Betty led to a partial break, before a tap tackle brought him down.
Burton the made more substitutions, with Josh Cartwright and Parkinson off for Craig Dutton and Briggs.
After 18 second-half minutes Roach sent Benjamin away for his third try of the afternoon – converted by Banton.
The visitors then lost Betty to injury, but the Crofters still continued to rack up the points.
A gift from Butts handed possession to Benjamin, who made ground before finding Ian Gilmour in support to add another converted try,
After a period of scrappy play, Benjamin got the scoreboard ticking over again with his fourth try of the day.
The conversion attempt failed to find its mark. Harris then returned to the field, and immediately dragged a Butts player into touch.
Another period of fairly scrappy play followed before the prolific Benjamin claimed his fifth try.
Burton were in jubilant mood and produced some champagne rugby from the backs.
Benjamin was again involved, taking the ball from deep before passing to Briggs.
Briggs was tackled as he closed in on the try-line, but managed to off-load back to Benjamin to make it half a dozen tries for the flying winger.
Burton again failed to add the conversion but it mattered little with the dominant visitors completing their Midlands One West campaign with a 60-0 away drubbing of Butts. The Midlands One play-off against Derby, at Peel Croft, is a 3pm kick-off on Saturday.