Cosmos living the life of Riley
PUBLISHED: 15:29 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:55 24 August 2010
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DAN Riley scored a hat-trick of tries as the Cosmos turned in a classy performance to beat Old Abbotstonians 58-10 for their biggest league win of the season. Kilburn seized the initiative within the first five minutes as tight head Ehi Alongi drove over
DAN Riley scored a hat-trick of tries as the Cosmos turned in a classy performance to beat Old Abbotstonians 58-10 for their biggest league win of the season.
Kilburn seized the initiative within the first five minutes as tight head Ehi Alongi drove over for a try - and the visitors never looked back as they claimed only their second away success in Herts/Middx Division One.
Riley's three tries were supplemented by two for Peter Donaldson and one each for John Fenlon, Kurt Shrubsole and debutant flanker Chris Sloely, who came on to replace Reon Craig.
After Alongi had gone over from a lineout close to the Abbots' try-line, the home side responded with a spell of pressure on the Kilburn defence.
But Craig and Ali Bursey put in hit after hit and secured important loose ball, allowing the Cosmos to counter and demonstrate the composure that had been missing in recent games.
Riley, Callum Hughes and Matt Bridge controlled the midfield, while the back three of Donaldson, Ryan Coughlan and Alex Binns provided the penetration out wide.
Storming runs from Fenlon and Alongi linked well with the more direct carriers such as Bursey, Shrubsole and Jon Trout and enabled Kilburn to convert possession into points.
KILBURN'S second XV had to play a man short - but should still make the Middlesex Merit Table play-offs despite sliding to a 51-5 home defeat against Belsize Park.
The 14-man Cosmos did not have enough front row forwards to play contested scrums and Belsize Park took advantage to score three tries out wide, all unconverted, in the first half.
Kilburn struggled to find gaps against their numerically superior visitors, but replied with a try before the break as lock Andy Butcher took a quick tap penalty and forced his way over the line to make it 15-5.
But Belsize rammed home their advantage in the second half, scoring a further six tries without reply - three of them converted to take them past the half-century mark.