Kilburn Cosmos 31-22 USC Old Boys: Hosts maintain unbeaten run with 11th straight win
PUBLISHED: 13:01 23 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:01 23 December 2015
Kilburn Cosmos ensured they’d be heading into the Christmas break with their unbeaten record still intact after a hard-fought victory over USC Old Boys on Saturday.
Andy Hutt’s men secured an 11th straight victory in the process, in a fixture which took place at Gladstone Park, after poor weather prevented the game from taking place at USC’s home ground - the original venue for the league clash. Kilburn fielded yet another strong team for this match, although the hosts looked more a lot more sluggish than usual in the early exchanges.
However, that was soon resolved with Amal Hirani, returning from injury, scoring the opening try after a great solo run down the wing.
Within 10 minutes Hutt’s men struck again, with Martin Caterall forcing the ball across the line after a great scrum from Kilburn forced USC across their own line.
The first half finished on a disappointing note for the hosts though, with some particularly loose tackling around the breakdown, uncharacteristic this season by Kilburn, let ting UCS in to reduce the deficit to seven points, as they went into the break with a 12-7 lead.
After some stern words at the break, Kilburn came out all guns blazing in the second half, with centres Phil Cook and player coach Hutt dotting down with the first 20 minutes, with the try bonus point now in the bag.
Kilburn kept the foot on the gas for a while longer again applying pressure at scrum time, with UCS eventually giving up a penalty try as the hosts went 31-5 ahead - and seemingly way out of sight.
Commendably though, USC wouldn’t lie down as they seeked a foothold back into the game.
Kilburn were now in need of digging deep to see out the game but too many mistakes between forward and forwards and backs particularly around the ruck led to a second UCS try, with a third following shortly after.
Fortunately for the hosts the game was soon up and they held out for a valuable victory, with UCS leaving Gladstone Park with their head held high - after becoming the first away team this season to secure a try bonus point on Kilburn’s home patch.
Fraser Hutt, captain on the day, said on the victory: “We were scrappy and looser than normal on the day, our recent run of games against top four opposition has probably taken its toll on us slightly.
“That said we still go the job done when we knew we weren’t at our best, so that is encouraging.
“We’re in a great position heading into the new year, but we know we have plenty to improve on still.”