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1st XV 24 v 64 Kilburn Cosmos Rugby Club - Home League on 11 Mar 2017

Published on Monday, 13 March 2017


Not a good day at the office!


An early Hitchin error allowed the visitors to score a converted try with only seven minutes on the clock. Attacking the visitors in midfield, a loose missed pass in the backs was intercepted to allow a touchdown in the right had corner


The Hitchin pack were holding their ground but the Kilburn  backs  looked dangerous  Prop Sean  Mcginnity was injured (to return later) , but after 20 minutes another error, as a pass was again  intercepted for a try under the posts , duly converted



Hitchin struck back with a well taken try, as better handling allowed Richard Sinclair to put Antoine Oget into space, for the young winger to beat the cover defence and score, Carwyn Morgan converting. A taste of what was to come?



Kilburn were next o score, wide out on the left following several rucks on th Hitchin 5 m line.  Three minutes later they scored again, their centre bursting straight through the Hitchin defence.


With the first half nearly over captain James Bolter forced his way over from a ruck on the line, to make the halftime score 12 – 26.


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Within 2 minutes of the restart, after a good passage of play by the Hitchin  forwards led by Bolter, lock  Ryan Arbon went  over for an unconverted try to narrow the Kilburn lead to 9 points


But any thoughts a of a comeback vanished with   yet another gift for Kilburn, as they latched on to another loose pass to cross for 5 points


Minutes later the visitors’ backs broke through in midfield (suspicion again   of a forward pass) to add to the score .


Now Hitchin were defending again with a maul on their  22, won

 by Kilbuurn who re-cycled to run in  a try on the left ,  converted from near touch


With ten minutes to go the rout continued, as Vinne Kevans’ clearance   kick was charged down for the visitors to win the race for the touch down 


 Hitchin secured a valuable bonus point, as scrum half Rhys Gregory broke through  the Kilburn cover to find Hitchin's player of the match Bolter in support , who crashed over for Morgan to add the extra points


Kilburn, however ,were not finished, scoring 2 futher concerted tries as they ran through a tired and ineffective Hitchin defence to win the encounter by 10 tries  to 4


This was a disappointing effort from Hitchin, who made far too many mistakes, and were over-run in the second half by an increasingly confident Kilburn side, who have turned round their season after losing the first 6 matches


Team Sean McGinnity, Thomas Tidey, Stuart West, Ryan Arbon, Nick Panton, Samuel Underwood, James Bolter, Anthony Williams, Rhys Gregory, Carwyn Morgan, Richard Sinclair, Vincent Kevans, James Atkins, Antoine Oget, Harry Cartwright

Subs Harry Elleston, Joshua Page, Philip Hobbs

Scores T: James Bolter (2), Antoine Oget (1), Ryan Arbon (1) C: Carwyn Morgan (2)

Player(s) of Match 1. James BolterLondon North West 3 The league: London North West 3



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