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First union try for Burgess

Sam Burgess scored his first try in rugby union for Bath United playing in the position of blindside flanker as they defeated London Irish A 44-5 in an A League game on Monday.

Burgess crossed just before the half-time hooter to put Bath 20-0 up at the break after having an earlier effort chalked off after it was deemed to have been held up following a scrum.

The 26-year-old joined Bath from rugby league side South Sydney and has made four first-team appearances, mainly at centre, with his debut from the bench against Harlequins last month.

Richard Lane scored a hat-trick with Horacio Agulla, Darren Atkins, Marcus Beer and Callum Waters also scoring for Bath. Gary Johnston scored London Irish A's only points of the night after the break.

Burgess was instrumental in setting up Atkins' try as he broke the Irish line and offloaded to Olly Woodburn, who showed quick hands to get the ball to Atkins for his debut try in the corner.

Burgess then crossed for his own score as he tracked Will Homer's burst and was on his shoulder in support, collecting the ball before powering towards the line unopposed.

Irish were unable to get a foothold in the game and Bath wrapped things up with another 24 points after the break.

Burgess wrote on Twitter afterwards: "Gr8 turn out @ the rec tonight for the A team match.Good team win,some talented boys."

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