Careless Cosmos kicking themselves
PUBLISHED: 11:55 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:28 24 August 2010
GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
KILBURN Cosmos kicking let them down as they were held to a 10-10 draw at Saracens Amateurs and missed the chance to haul themselves out of the relegation zone. The Cosmos forwards dominated throughout, but all three of the visitors efforts at goal were
KILBURN Cosmos' kicking let them down as they were held to a 10-10 draw at Saracens Amateurs and missed the chance to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
The Cosmos forwards dominated throughout, but all three of the visitors' efforts at goal were off target when just one would have earned them a valuable victory.
The decision to spurn an early goal attempt backfired as the resulting quick tap came to nothing and Kilburn soon found themselves trailing after a cruel bounce wrong-footed the defence and allowed Saracens a try.
A well-taken Saracens penalty followed the conversion and, coupled with an early injury to flanker Aly Bursey, the 10-0 deficit left Kilburn with plenty to do.
But they fought back with a try just before half-time, substitute Chris Protherough playing a key role in a breakout from the Cosmos 22 for skipper Scott Aitken to touch down.
Kilburn's forwards, led by lock John Fenlon, continued to work hard in the loose and turn over the majority of Saracens' scrums, which brought about a second try for replacement number eight Shane Whyte.
But Andy Allan's conversion attempt ricocheted off the upright - and, with the scores still level, Kilburn pressed for a winning score, with man of the match Mo Taguri and Peter Donaldson repeatedly breaking on the flanks.
It looked as if Taguri had made the breakthrough when he raced clear in the closing minutes, but play was called back for an earlier offence and Cosmos eventually ran out of time.
Kilburn Cosmos: Zaug, Magee, Fitzsimmons, Ledington, Fenlon, Bursey, Aitken, Shrubsole, MacManus, Allan, Taguri, Hocking, Cunninghame, Donaldson, Gordon. Replace-ments: Protherough, Whyte, McNaughtan.
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