Slick Cosmos claim big win
PUBLISHED: 18:29 19 January 2011
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICTURES; TEL: 0044-7831-396-923
KILBURN Cosmos scored six tries without reply to notch their biggest win of the season and stay eighth in Herts/Middx Division One.
The Cosmos set the tone of the match as early as the third minute, advancing the ball 70 metres in a flowing move that enabled lock Morven White to touch down in the corner.
But the home side’s more physical pack began to apply pressure on Kilburn at the scrum and in the loose and it needed speed and organisation in the visitors’ defence to keep them at bay.
Hooker Peter Fitzsimmons eased the Cosmos’ concerns as he went over from a rolling maul – although it proved to be his last significant contribution as both he and team-mate Ryan Coughlan were forced off with injuries.
But the changes did not interrupt the visitors’ scoring flow and centre Andrew Hutt – man of the match in only his second appearance for Kilburn – finished off a well-worked move from the back line.
Winger Peter Donaldson added a fourth try for Cosmos before half-time, enough to secure a bonus point, and there was no let-up after the interval.
Donaldson picked up his second try of the match before full-back Alex Binns applied the finishing touch to another sweeping Cosmos move.
Amal Hirani successfully kicked his fourth conversion out of six to complete a resounding victory and, although Grammarians pressed for a consolation score in the final quarter, the visitors’ defence remained unbreached.
A DEPLETED Kilburn second XV crashed to an 85-0 home demolition by the Honourable Artillery Company that leaves them in a relegation fight.
Short of key players, the Cosmos were up against it from the start and HAC took advantage of defensive gaps to score four tries, one of them converted, in the first 20 minutes.
The home side did manage to apply some pressure of their own and came closest to scoring when fly-half Arjel Selfo’s chip kick bounced over the dead ball line just before the chasing attackers could touch it down.
Almost immediately, a Cosmos clearance kick was charged down for another converted try – and two further scores before the break gave HAC an enormous 41-point advantage.
And Kilburn’s misery continued in the second half as they conceded a further eight tries, two of them converted, and slump to third from bottom of Middlesex Merit Table Four.